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Uganda TV Coverage of Martin “Eat Da Poo-Poo” Ssempa’s Conviction

Jim Burroway

October 4th, 2012

Uganda’s pastor Martin Ssempa yesterday was without his usual strut and bravado as he learned that he and fellow pastors Solomon Male, Robert Kayiira amd Michael Kyazze were found guilty of falsely accusing a rival pastor of having sexual relationships with male members of his congregation. The guilty verdict stems from a May 2009 incident in which Ssempa and the others engaged in a conspiracy to coerce a church member at Robert Kayanja’s Rubaga Miracle Center Cathedral to claim that he had had sex with Kayanja.

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The sentence imposed on Ssempa, Male and the others is light, but I suspect that the damage to their reputation may be significant. While Ssempa and Male may receive some support from the West, they have since 2009 seen many prominent Western pastors and organizations cut financial and other ties to them.

This is not the only case in which Ssempa is believed to be involved in launching public accusations against others. There is considerable evidence suggesting that Ssempa had close ties to the now-defunct Rolling Stone tabloid (no relation to the U.S. publication by the same name), which launched an infamous 2010 “Hang Them!” vigilante campaign which featured LGBT advocate David Kato on the front cover. Kato was brutally murdered just a few months later in January 2011.

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leonardoricardo/Leon
October 4th, 2012 | LINK

Bordering (if not full-fledged) on insanity these religious bigots think that lies, slander and the incitement of hate and pain against LGBT (and innocent victims of their wild imagining or strivings for publicity) is holy…no doubt, clearly as seen in this video, a disgusting thing to see from close up or afar…crimes committed in the name of religion…Lord have mercy!

F Young
October 4th, 2012 | LINK

By the way, Kayanja is a younger brother of the current Anglican Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, who is a leading candidate to replace Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams as head of the worldwide Anglican Church later this year.

According to Wikipedia, Kayanda is also a brother of David Makumbi, a bishop in the Prayer Mountain Church in Uganda.

SharonB
October 4th, 2012 | LINK

Sociopaths 4 Jesus. Sigh.

MattNYC
October 4th, 2012 | LINK

@F Young

Thankfully, according to the Guardian, Sentamu may be out:

“Sources told the Sunday Times Sentamu was seen by some members of the panel as too divisive, and that there was resentment over his conservative stance on homosexuality and his opposition to clergy becoming bishops if they are divorced or married to divorcees.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/30/archbishop-canterbury-talks-deadlocked

Peter Tatchell has more on him from earlier this year:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/peter-g-tatchell/john-sentamu-has-no-right-to-block-gay-marriages_b_1241879.html

However, it doesn’t sound like ANY of the candidates are going to be on the progressive/reform side of the church. Unless the committee scraps them all and starts from scratch…

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