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When All Else Fails, Reach for the Porn

Jim Burroway

February 17th, 2010

Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa only has one note in his repertoire, and he plays it loudly. Now that his planned march through Kampala in support of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill has been banned by authorities, he takes comfort in his old reliable standby:

“The major argument homosexuals have is that what people do in the privacy of their bedrooms is nobody’s business but do you know what they do in their bedrooms?” the pastor asked. Ssempa then displayed a slide show of gay pornographic pictures.

MP David Bahati, the anti-gay bill’s author, was among the reported 300 who attended. Ssempa is pushing hard for the bill’s passage before April 4, as an “Easter present” to the nation. The bill was expected to be high on Parliament’s agenda when it returned from recess February 2, but there have been no reports of further action on the bill.

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



Richard Rush
February 17th, 2010 | LINK

From the news article:

A pastor seeking to bolster Uganda’s anti-gay laws which already make homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment screened gay porn in a packed Kampala church Wednesday in a bid to drum up support.

The screening was attended by around 300 supporters crammed into an evangelical church in the Ugandan capital after plans for a “million-man march” were thwarted by police.

There are so many questions: Did Peter LaBarbera loan Ssempa his extensive porn collection? If not, where did he get it?; how long has he had it?; and what did he do with it after the screening? Did this event set an attendance record at the church? Were the sex-police checking the audience for tented trousers? Will Wayne Besen now dub Martin Ssempa as “Porno Marty?” We need answers – porn is a serious matter.

Chris McCoy
February 17th, 2010 | LINK

Can Ssempa and his congregation now be charged with aggravated homosexuality? These people witnessed multiple instances of gay sex and did not report it to the authorities within 24 hours. That makes them serial offenders, and therefore guilty of aggravated homosexuality….

Ben in Oakland
February 17th, 2010 | LINK

Isn’t it just amazing that the the MP had access to gay porn? Who found it for him? Who selected it? Who put the various clips together? What was the reaction among the various attendees?

Something VERY odd about this. Does the SS in sempa stand for same-sex?

February 17th, 2010 | LINK

Ssempa is more disturbed than the ‘kind of homosexuals’ he describes to his fellow Ugandans.

Just out of curiosity, has anyone heard anything recent about the couple in Malawi or any draconian anti-gay bills being proposed by Malawi’s parliament?

February 17th, 2010 | LINK

Out of curiosity, does anyone know if the displayed pornographic images were Western porn and whether the actors were primarily white or people of color?

I find it hard to believe there is a big gay porn industry in Uganda. And if all the images are from Southern California, no Ugsndan law would have any effect on these activities to begin with. I don’t know if the Kill the Gays Bill addresses pornography possession specifically.

February 17th, 2010 | LINK


According to an eye witness’ account, Ssempa’s earlier presentation showed images of two white males, in what looked like scat porn from the 70’s…

He is one very sick pastor. I dont understand how he escapes arrest after repeatedly displaying such offensive images in public, in some accounts the presence of his kids.

February 17th, 2010 | LINK

It’s really sad that the TBN tele-evangelists who have a massive audience in Uganda have not used their influence to counter Ssempa’s supposedly christian campaign to exterminate LGBT Ugandans… do they really support Ssempa and other Ugandan pastors in this type of campaign? Their silence suggests that they believe Ssempa should be left to (mis)represent christ by judging LGBT Ugandans as sinners and pushing for them to be killed.

Very sad.

But it’s still not too late for them to speak out, be honest about how unchristian these people are behaving and how the bill is in sharp contrast to christ’s teachings, and make a difference. They and nobody else, have enough credibility in Uganda to humble Ssempa, who desperately needs to be humbled.

February 17th, 2010 | LINK

The sex fallback. Heterosexuals try to connect sex with gay people because in the minds of heterosexuals sex plus gay people always equals something bad. So even if something has nothing to do with sex they will bring it up because it undermines gay people.

paul j stein
February 17th, 2010 | LINK

I sure to miss “DaDa” Idi Amin, His colourfull dinner parties. When you were asked to dinner you didn’t know if your place was AT the table or ON the table! The current rulers make him look almost decent and honest!

John Doucette
February 18th, 2010 | LINK

Does he also display pictures of what straight people do in their bedrooms? It isn’t all missionary position penis in vagina.

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