13 responses

  1. Craig L. Adams
    July 7, 2010

    Jim, your honesty is appreciated (as always).

  2. stephen kay
    July 7, 2010

    These unfortunate incidents happen. Thank you for the indepth explanation. Something similer happened with a Ssempa visit and I was toatlly taken in to the point that I ran screaming to every gay rights blog I knew. My point is that this happens to the best of us and Jim you are definately one of the best of us!!!

  3. tina c
    July 7, 2010

    had it happened, we would want people to know.

    you did your homework & ran with it.

    people lie & hoaxes happen.

    it’s embarrassing for the rest of us who fell for it.

    thx for reporting the hoax & maintaining your integrity.

  4. Sarah
    July 7, 2010

    Thank you.

  5. The Lauderdale
    July 7, 2010

    This is such an excellent follow-up! Yes, it’s a shame that the wrong story got out there and that BTB picked it up, but the coverage you’ve done after the fact is honest, thorough and informative. Much appreciated.

  6. Strepsi
    July 7, 2010

    Might I suggest that the real shame is some unknown young man was mutilated, castrated, and beheaded.

    Any way this turns out, it’s a sad, tragic and pathetic story…

  7. Jim Burroway
    July 7, 2010

    Indeed, Strepsi. A young man was horribly murdered, and his gruesome death was exploited for political gain. The people who perpetrated this murder are subhuman; those who exploited it are not any better.

  8. sokari ekine
    July 7, 2010

    Statement by Sexual Minorities Uganda on this report.

    http://www.blacklooks.org/2010/07/beheaded-ugandan-not-an-lgbt-activist/

  9. sokari ekine
    July 7, 2010

    I note that in these reports there is always someone nameless but “close to the Ugandan / Nigerian / Malawian community”. As your reports states are the verified organisations in countries across Africa so why not contact those to confirm and support reports before publishing rather than relying on spurious individuals who are nameless or other Gay Internationals who clearly do not have access to the true facts. .

  10. Some Dude
    July 7, 2010

    Ok, this is a very looong article which, correct me if I’m wrong, doesn’t exactly answer many questions unto itself but rather raises some new ones.

    Would Ugandan Gay Activists maybe want to distance themselves from this beheading in hopes that the violence would subside? These things have a tendency to set off a chain reaction if they become popularized in the media.

    You claim that the whole story is a “scam” and a “hoax” – but you have not told us whose head was in that bag they dug out (which is on video on Pam Spaulding’s blog)… and you have not located the missing man who was believed to be pro-gay.

    Are there a lot of heads laying around in toilets in Uganda? If there are, I think we need to just write them off and save our PEPFAR money!

    I have a hard time believing that this is a ‘nothing’ more than it is a ‘something’…

  11. Regan DuCasse
    July 7, 2010

    This is unfortunate. Although this might be a hoax as to who or what entity the victim was attached to, Martin Ssempa and the agenda of the Ugandan government and Ugandan gay and lesbian citizens is not.
    And THAT still begs serious attention even so.

  12. Canon Albert Ogle
    July 7, 2010

    Thank you Jim for your excellent research and leadership on the Ugandan issue. I am hoping that as a result of the recent USA/Ireland tour and generous donations from our community, we can equip Integrity’s Ugandan office with computers and telephones and give Bishop Christopher what he needs (we are still slightly short on our fundraising goal for his tour) so this kind of hoax can be exposed and Integrity Uganda can respond more directly.

    Your apology is humbling and we can all learn from this hoax. There is no-one I know comes close to telling the truth in the way you do. Keep it up. We are all right behind you.

    Rev. Canon Albert Ogle
    VP for National and International Affairs, Integrity USA

  13. Leonardo Ricardo
    August 18, 2010

    I´ve followed (as was part of the original $$$ appeal by Fr. Erich and Lt. Josephine…unfortunately, I wasn´t wise about their truthfulness as you´ve noted others weren´t either, a costly mistake)…you´ve covered exactly the information I know too (I´ve watched this develop and I´ve watched Fr. Erich who later became the Province Youth Secretary (directly working for Orombi) and then off to Bishop Samuel Ssekkadde, at the Diocese of Namirembe for fundraising and parish recruiting (in the U.S.A. as you´ve noted from the Virtue announcement)…funny thing that happened most recently: Bishop Samuel Ssekkadde didn´t want to retire and ++Orombi had to go to his Cathedral and take off his throne (almost literally) and force him out…followed quickly by the diocese of Namirembe launching a investigation because their St. John´s parish (and lots of property with it) had been sold (hello, Bishop Ssekkaddle).

    I think you are correct in assuming Fr. Erich is Orombis man…it was clear what kind of fellow he was much earlier on and his ¨services¨ were apparently in demand by various ¨operators¨ at the Anglican Province of Uganda when Orombi was quietly working to take ¨oversee¨ parishes at TEC and the Anglican Church of Canada. What a pair (I too have documented exactly the same information you report here).

    Thanks for being so accurate, my mouth dropped open (and a picture of Fr. Erich and the wife too)!

    Leonardo Ricardo

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