Martin Ssempa’s Pornographic Demons

Jim Burroway

January 25th, 2010

Ugandan Pastor and staunch “kill-the-gays” supporter has recently gotten a lot of attention over the disgust he generated when he held a porn-laced presentation that did more to turn his audience against his message than it did against LGBT people. According to Uganda’s independent Monitor, the presentation was a “flop.”

Ssempa appeared to be puzzled by the reaction, and I doubt that he will be fazed by it. A week earlier, he had appeared on Ugandan state-owned UBC television to talk up the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, and he took that time to try to stigmatize gay people with a similarly lurid description of what gay people supposedly do.

(The video is closed-captioned. The video was captured by an anonymous BTB reader in Uganda using his mobile phone at great personal risk.)

As you can see, Charles Musana, host of the UBC program “Hot Seat,” was pretty skeptical throughout the program, leading the over-excited Ssempa to close the show with trying to cast out the demon of homosexuality from his host.

The Monitor reported:

Pastor Martin Ssempa on Tuesday plumbed the depths of notoriety when he offered graphic images of gay sex as proof of the need for tough penalties against homosexuals.

In the immediate aftermath of the presentation, which ended prematurely, Pastor Ssempa said he did not regret his actions. The press conference, the latest in a series of events he is holding in support of the 2009 Anti-Homosexuality Bill, had been called to unveil two Ugandans, a man and a woman, who say their homosexuality has been rehabilitated.

One man, who was part of a group of American students invited to the press conference by Rubaga North MP Beti Kamya, was seen crying, his colleagues consoling him as the group left the National Theatre.

But midway through his presentation, saved on a computer, most of his audience walked out, some visibly disturbed, leaving him to wonder if he had done anything wrong. The cleric seemed genuinely rattled when he asked: “Why should I be traumatised?”

It looks like Ssempa is trying to become the “Porno Pete” of East Africa.

[Video courtesy of an anonynmous BTB reader in Uganda]

Click here to see BTB\’s complete coverage of recent anti-gay developments in Uganda.

Ben in Oakland

January 25th, 2010

Money shot Martin?

SScatological SSempa?

Porno Pete?

He just needed a legit excuse to look at the stuff that disgusts him so much. Of course he would get it that it might disgust his audience.

If the results weren’t so tragic, the ocmedy would be excruciatingly funny.


January 25th, 2010

Ouch, the video quality is horrible, and it is not captionned.

Jim Burroway

January 25th, 2010


The BTB reader in Uganda is recording this using his cell phone at great personal risk. It’s the best he can do.

The video is captioned. You need to enable closed-captioning to see them.


January 25th, 2010

Thank you senator Inhofe.


January 25th, 2010

Pastor Martin Ssempa on Tuesday plumbed the depths of notoriety when he offered graphic images of gay sex as proof of the need for tough penalties against homosexuals.

Wait a second. He’s trying to make being gay illegal, but no one thought it odd for him to carry around abunch of gay porn?

Lindoro Almaviva

January 25th, 2010

And to that anonymous BTB reader: THANK YOU! Maye God keep you safe.


January 25th, 2010


I’m SPEECHLESS. These are TWO of THREE internet-based videos on gay issues I’ve seen in my LIFETIME.

It just makes me weep for joy!

Thank you soooooooo much to Rob Tisinai. He answered my call I made on

And thank you to whomever captioned this video!

It is a glorious day for the deaf!

God Bless you!

Lynn David

January 25th, 2010

It is so very strange and sad a thing that bigotry does not allow one not to see the truth, but to not even approach it.


January 25th, 2010

Still can’t get right-click options related to captioning.

And I do appreciate the risks involved in free-flowing of information, sorry if I appeared insensitive.


January 26th, 2010

Ssempa’s obsession is glaringly clear. The man is borderline insane.


January 26th, 2010

Open the video in YouTube, from there move your pointer to the upward pointing arrow in the lower right-hand corner of the video window, hover over the “CC” and then click on the “turn on captions” option. Yes, YouTube could make it easier to find, but it is there.

Regan DuCasse

January 26th, 2010

In the days after Oral Robert’s death. A local talk radio host broadcast several of Robert’s anti gay television lectures presented in his mega church.
Roberts went on and on and on, in a VERY graphic manner about what gay people do sexually, and what they SHOULD do sexually with someone of the opposite sex.

He’s not the only one. There have been similar broadcasts from black church pastors in Washington, D.C and Chicago respectively that also were consistently very graphic regarding their understanding of same sex sex.

I can tell you from personal experience, that people I’ve known who were former friends who eventually displayed anti gay sentiments, have also treated me to graphic details of what they think gay people do, clearly to make me be disgusted by gay people as they are.
So they resorted to a anatomy lesson, a lecture on why certain parts shouldn’t go in certain places and what happens if they do.

This has happened several times with different people, but their agenda was the same.

Appeal to the lowest, most common assumption, fear and ignorance in who they were talking to.
After all, those of us who are close to and have very caring and deep friendships with gay people, couldn’t POSSIBLY know what people like Peter LaB and Ssempa know.
We MUST be the stupidest most ignorant people if we don’t see what they see in gay people.

I’m the one who hasn’t reduced my gay and trans folk friends to sex and body parts, dry statistics and abstract distortion.
I happen to know the heart, soul and fullness of my gay friends.

So it begs the question: when the anti gay don’t have the stones to know OR speak of someone in anything BUT such reductive terms, how can they accuse those of us who don’t of being clueless and in need of THEIR expertise on gay sex, not gay PEOPLE?

I can’t speak for a gay person’s experience, but I have no doubt that gay folks even moreso get abused with this sort of hectoring like “don’t you know what YOU PEOPLE DO”?

Something of that nature right?

Because I certainly get told in abusive and condescending ways, as if I’m some naive child that gay people are hiding their ‘real selves and activity’ from.

Or even more telling: if gay people aren’t policing each other’s bedrooms, nor reporting on each other’s every nose hair, activity and whereabouts, the anti gay are convinced there is a conspiracy of silence to hide something nefarious.

So, us allies don’t get off lightly, people.
We are considered just a culpable of letting get people’s ‘thin pink line’ get between the straight world and their determination in scrutinizing every move a gay person makes.

In effect, since we DO have such intimate relationships, why AREN’T we using them so spy, pry and tell on our gay loved ones?

It’s a milder form of what the Ugandan government wants to do to punish those who know someone gay or suspect it.

I read a book called “Hitler’s Willing Executioners.”

I can’t remember the author’s name.
Goldberg…Goldstein, something like that.
You can Google the title.

But the effect of neighbors tattling or standing by as their Jewish or ‘undesirable’ neighbors where hauled off to the camps has symptoms in what Ssempa wants to do.

But here in America, similar things have traditionally been done to gays and lesbians.

And in seeing how the anti gay are so pathologically paranoid, and even with the Prop. 8 trial, are indulged just enough, the ground spark is still waiting to flare.

My dear friends: I have something the anti gay don’t have, and don’t like and don’t expect from your straight allies.
I’m not paranoid, I’m not gutless and I don’t let fear turn my back on what I’ve set out to do.
I’m not liked and I’m treated as if I’m a traitor to, ‘the great straight race.’

Their fear turns them into turd puddles, and few of them would ever act alone without a forum or mob right behind them.
I have my gay and trans folk friends to thank who gave me the spine and courage.

The anti gay fear an opportunity. A real one, to see what love and simple kindness gives back.

Mores the point. The constant meme that marriage equality will ‘redefine marriage’ deflects from what would really be in evidence.

The truth is that marriage equality would redefine the culturally based fiction that heterosexuality imbues superiority and entitled supremacy.

Well, we know what happened when racists and misogynists got knocked off that peg too.

And I take VERY perverse pleasure in seeing that happen to the anti gay.
Since when has equality been a BAD thing? Even for the prejudiced?


January 28th, 2010

I wont be suprised when Ssempa’s gay sex scandals hit the headlines.

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