Don Schmierer Responds to David Kato’s Murder

Jim Burroway

January 27th, 2011

Exodus International Board Member Don Schmierer

Exodus International board member Don Schmierer responds to the brutal murder of Ugandan LGBT advocate David Kato in his typical style, by reminding everyone who the real victim is:

On Thursday, Don Schmierer, one of the American evangelicals who visited in Uganda in 2009, said Mr. Kato’s death was “horrible.”

“Naturally, I don’t want anyone killed but I don’t feel I had anything to do with that,” said Mr. Schmierer, who added that in Uganda he had focused on parenting skills. He also said that he had been a target of threats himself, recently receiving more than 600 hate mails related to his visit.

“I spoke to help people,” he said, “and I’m getting bludgeoned from one end to the other.”

Kato died from hammer blows to the skull, but Schmierer’s the one getting “bludgeoned,” as he reminded us before here, here and here. Make a note of it.


January 27th, 2011

Schmierer’s comment is unbelievably offensive and insensitive. I can’t imagine how anyone could be interviewed about a violent murder and attempt to twist into one’s own victimization.

Why does Exodus keep such an inept person on its board?

Timothy Kincaid

January 27th, 2011

On Thursday, Giles Muhame, Rolling Stone’s managing editor, said he did not think Mr. Kato’s killing had anything to do with what his paper had published.

As equally believable as Schmeirer’s denial.

Priya Lynn

January 27th, 2011

“Kato died from hammer blows to the skull, but Schmierer’s the one getting “bludgeoned,””.

That’s the same unbelievably self-centred and callous attitude that allows them to claim gays marrying is an attack on their freedom of religion and speech.


January 27th, 2011

If Jesus Christ could see these evangelical scumbags in action he’d effin’ puke.

L. Junius Brutus

January 27th, 2011

Norm: “Why does Exodus keep such an inept person on its board?”

Because keeping him does them no damage. Remember, the people Exodus tries to reach are fundamentalists who believe anything they are told. Any-thing.


January 28th, 2011

to be able to utter such insensitive and selfish things, i’m convinced that one must either have little respect for human life… or believe that not all human beings’ lives are equal in worth.



January 28th, 2011

You sir are an affront to Christianity. The message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is love, not hate. Your perspective is that God continues to make mistakes by creating gay men and women is heresy. Now your ignorance of the Christian faith has resulted in the murder of one of God’s children. Where is your shame? Will you finally understand the evil that you spew has consequences and repent of your hatred or continue to spread hate in the world?


January 29th, 2011

I’m speechless at the callousness of Mr. Schmierer’s remarks concerning the brutal murder of David Kato. Be assured that David’s blood, as well as the blood of others, is on his hands and God WILL demand it.

God is not mocked or fooled by pharisees, regardless of the century in which they spread their venom.

I would not want to be one of them. How will they explain their actions when they face Jesus Christ in judgment? I can guess what He will say: “Depart from me. I NEVER knew you!”

How very sad that the people who claim to be on the side of God are in fact doing great evil. I pity them. May God help them see their error and lead them to repentance before it’s too late.

Ken Russo

January 29th, 2011

How dare Schmierer claim victimization. Was he beaten to death with a hammer because he is supposedly heterosexual? This man has no shame! Evangelical missionaries are spreading the gospel of hate, intolerance and evil. I have volunteered at an orphanage in Tanzania and I see the damage people like Schmierer have done to the local populace. This man and others like him are truly the devil’s disciples.


January 29th, 2011

“I’m getting bludgeoned from one end to the other.” He gets in A+ in English for drawing a strong parallel between what happened to Kato and what happened to himself.

Madonna Barnard

January 31st, 2011

Every member of Exodus International are murderers. They have the blood of an innocent man on their hands now. I prayerfully wish them to experience the same courtesy they extended to David Kato and his family.


August 1st, 2014

Look, I’m gay but I’m conservative.. Go figure.. I also reject organized religion but still believe in god. This man is every bit as guilty as the animals that swung the hammer. How dare you go to a foreign country and start stirring the pot when you don’t even know what is already cooking in it? Way to live the stereotype of western arrogance…. douche.

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