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US Ambassador to Uganda: We Will Block Visas for Ugandans Who “Propagate Hate”

Jim Burroway

February 26th, 2014

Scott DeLisi, U.S. Ambassador to Uganda, reacted to yesterday’s vigilante campaign launched by the tabloid Red Pepper. In an interview with the BBC World Service, DeLisi said that the U.S. is looking into denying visas to Ugandans who incite violence and hatred:

“We as a government … are appalled by the course that the Red Pepper has chosen,” DeLisi said. “What they do within their society I may not be able to control, but I can tell you they will not be welcome in the United States of America…. Visas can be denied for people who incite violence, people who propagate hate, who have used political violence. There are many bases on which we can deny a visa. And I can tell you that we will be examining all of these issues as we move forward.”

Meanwhile, the Red Pepper campaign continues for a second day.

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William Birch
February 26th, 2014 | LINK

And maybe we could deport the likes of Scott Lively, Steve Schiffman, Paul Cameron, Bryan Fischer, Peter LaBarbera,
Dennis Jernigan, Gordon Klingenschmitt, Will Perkins and Matt Barber to Uganda, and Uganda can give us their LGBTQ persons.

Victor
February 27th, 2014 | LINK

The visas they need to pull are those for Scott Lively, Peter LaBarbera and the rest of the gang who started this mess. Not enough is being done to make the general public aware of the role U.S.-based Evangelicals played (and continue to play) in exporting and fomenting hate. I can only conclude it is because the targets are LGBT people. If arrest and imprisonment of Evangelicals was being advocated what do you think the mood in Washington would be?

Nathaniel
February 27th, 2014 | LINK

Victor, the US can deny passports to its own citizens, but it cannot deny them visas, since visas are for entry into foreign countries, not one’s own. Further, denying visas is one thing, but a passport is quite another. It is all very well for a nation to say of a particular person “We don’t want you here.” It is another for the nation to tell its own people “We don’t want you to leave.”

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