Waymon Hudson

Uganda's 'Kill The Gays' Bill Goes XXX??

Filed By Waymon Hudson | January 26, 2010 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: Kill the Gays bill, Martin Ssempa, Peter LaBarbera, porn, Rick Warren, The Family, Uganda

Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa, who recently made news for planning on February 17th what he called a "million man march" in Uganda in support of the odious "kill the gays" bill, is getting concerned by the international pressure and outrage over the proposed Ugandan bill that would further criminalize homosexuality in the country, including adding life in prison and death sentences to the punishments.

His solution to garner support to kill gays in Uganda? Call a press conference, the latest in a series of events he is holding, to show fetish porn. I kid you not:

sempa-1.jpgPastor Martin Ssempa on Tuesday plumbed the depths of notoriety when he offered graphic images of gay sex as proof of the need for tough penalties against homosexuals. But midway through his presentation, saved on a computer, most of his audience walked out, some visibly disturbed, leaving him to wonder if he had done anything wrong. The cleric seemed genuinely rattled when he asked: "Why should I be traumatised?"

In the immediate aftermath of the presentation, which ended prematurely, Pastor Ssempa said he did not regret his actions.

Sounds like he's been taking lessons from some of the anti-gay nuts here in the US (Peter LaBarbera must be so proud!). But just who is Pastor Ssempa- and why is he known as "Rick Warren's Man" in Africa? Much more, including video, after the jump...

Ssempa has long been the leading voice for anti-gay hate in Uganda.

Back in January 2009, after Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren was chosen to deliver the inaugural prayer at Obama's swearing-in, Mike Blumenthal wrote a scathing article about Warren's anti-gay, anti-HIV work in Uganda. A main player in the story? Pastor Martin Ssempa, whose website identifies him as "A Passionate Voice In The Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS." Blumenthal's piece tells a different tale:

rick warren vert group shot.jpg

However, an investigation into Warren's involvement in Africa reveals a web of alliances with right-wing clergymen who have sidelined science-based approaches to combating AIDS in favor of abstinence-only education...Warren's man in Uganda is a charismatic pastor named Martin Ssempa. The head of the Makerere Community Church, a rapidly growing congregation, Ssempe enjoys close ties to his country's First Lady, Janet Museveni, and is a favorite of the Bush White House.

In the capitol of Kampala, Ssempa is known for his boisterous crusading. Ssempa's stunts have included burning condoms in the name of Jesus and arranging the publication of names of homosexuals in cooperative local newspapers while lobbying for criminal penalties to imprison them.

With safe sex advocates on the run, Warren and Ssempa trained their sights on another social evil. In August 2007, Ssempa led hundreds of his followers through the streets of Kampala to demand that the government mete out harsh punishments against gays. 'Arrest all homos,' read placards. And: 'A man cannot marry a man.' Ssempa continued his crusade online, publishing the names of Ugandan gay rights activists on a website he created, along with photos and home addresses. 'Homosexual promoters,' he called them, suggesting they intended to seduce Uganda's children into their lifestyle. Soon afterwards, two of President Yoweri Museveni's top officials demanded the arrest of the gay activists named by Ssempa. Terrified, the activists immediately into hiding.

So what did Rick Warren's man show at his porn screening for hate? Ariel Rubin has the details over at HuffPo in a piece with the brilliant title "Scat Porn and Prayer? Welcome To Sssempa World":

Said Ssemps: "I will not call them gays any more, these are sodomites. And I ask you please, in the media, stop misusing the word gay, which means happy people. These are not happy people."

Ssempa1-300x222.pngA pornographic slideshow of black and white photographs of men engaging in scatological fetishism is revealed. "I want to show you from their website", he proclaims, a devious smile forming. "I've taken the time to research what homosexuals do in the privacy of their bedroom. It is inhuman, it is animalistic, and it cannot be right. I want to show you these pictures." The audience lurches forward, leering at the pictures and groaning in disgust.

This coming from a man of god, a community and church leader, and yet also the co-author of a bill which makes touching another person "with the intention to commit homosexuality" an offense punishable by life in prison.

Head over to read the full, sickening report.

Also, my friend Andy Towle of Towleroad just posted a video (via Box Turtle Bulletin) of Ssempa on the show "Hot Seat"bleating about the evils of homosexuality by graphically describing scatological fetishes and fisting. Ssempa has obviously long been obsessed with this- he must be a big fan of "Two Girls, One Cup":

Ssempa is a man with deep ties to American Evangelicalism. He is not only pals with Rick Warren, but also has connections with the secretive political religious group "The Family", whose C Street House has been the focus of controversy after Mark Sanford and John Ensign's extra-marital affairs and who host the National Prayer Breakfast every year- which President Obama will be attending, as have Presidents before him.

This is fundamentalism exported from our shores. Ssempa is using a playbook created by the anti-gay forces here in the US: show gay men as depraved, evil, sick perverts who deserve to be imprisoned or put to death.

I wonder exactly who the audience that walked out on Pastor "Show Some Scat" Ssempa left thinking was the depraved one. Like "Porno Pete" LaBarbera and Westboro Baptist Church before him, I hope Ssempa's message shows people the sheer hatred behind these anti-gay laws and this type of "activism."


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Was the press conference in Uganda?

I noticed Right Wing Watch linked your post, btw.

The press conference was in Uganda- and the reaction there seems to have backfired on Ssempa.

Cool about RRW!

hey Hudson,
stop deceiving the public.
Nothing happened to Pastor Ssempa in fact everything went on smoothly.
Otherwise, Hudson, to remind a bit, this law caters for Ugandans alone, and I wonder why someone like you who is not a Ugandan should get concerned.
OK, I know, you might say u care about the nation but for your own information and as the Uganda's motto stands "FOR GOD AND MA COUNTRY"
you should know that Uganda is for God and not mere human beings OK. And God's will has to be done in our country.
Turn to God Hudson.

I want ex-gays' Rev. Donnie McClurkin, Rev. DL Foster and J-Elijah to confess that they ate "poo poo" before they prayed away the gay. More important - do they still crave a serving of "poo poo" every now and then?

I need to call Ms. Cleo and find out if she really knows! Somebody got 200 bucks?

UGANDA MY HEART WEEPS FOR YOU!

Uganda, Uganda, my heart weeps for you! For you kill, murder, and imprison the innocent (those who express love differently) in the name of The Righteous One, but it is clear that you do not know Him!

Like America, you label them pedophiles and child molesters, yet continue to close your eyes to the true heterosexual offenders, allowing them to continually rape your children and infect them with AIDS, foolishly believing that this will cure them from the pandemic.

It is said that you freed yourself from the tyranny and oppression of a king (Mwanga) who was demented, greedy, self-serving and who defiled the people and if this is true, this is good! But you forgot that even though he was said to be corrupt and accused of raping the people both physically and emotionally for years, still we must judge each human being by their own conduct, character, and deeds, and not punish the innocent for another’s sins.

Uganda, Uganda, my heart weeps for you because even though the rain falls frequently upon your land in the south and beautiful lakes run through your northern region, they have not cleansed you from your transgressions for you are still blinded by hatred, fear, and intolerance, and cannot see that the sun rises upon the just and the unjust, so that all men may be wooed to the Creator by love and mercy and not by hatred and discrimination!

For hundreds of years other nations robbed you of your wealth, stole your children and carried them away to foreign lands and enslaved them. Even today, in many regions of your country you suffer from extreme poverty because of usury and exploitation from men who lusted after your riches, saw you could not defend yourself, and carried them away to distant lands.

You must be very careful lest the handwriting of God also appear in judgment for your offenses and likewise be written upon your walls and inscribed in your Constitution now laced with fear and intolerance, having been saturated by the influence of misguided, self-seeking American Evangelists, these words spoken by the prophet Daniel: “MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN” The interpretation:

“God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; TEKEK: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to another!”

Thousands of you marched in your city streets to rid yourself of a sin that you say will most certainly bring the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah upon your land; but like the Scribes and the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, legalism and an incorrect interpretation of the Holy Scriptures have blinded you.

Because of your hatred for what you do not understand, The Prince of Darkness deceives you yet again; prostituting you like the demented king you managed to free yourself from decades ago; have you still not heard the words of Jesus who said, “He was a murderer from the beginning?”

Uganda, Uganda, my heart weeps for you! Don’t you know that you cannot kill the innocent, batter and abuse your children, and lock them away in dungeons of cruelty for life simply because you refuse to accept who they really are without the very King of the Universe (whom you claim you worship), championing their cause, and lifting his righteous hand of justice and judgment against you?

He has heard the voice of the children devastated by earthquakes and disaster in Haiti and He has freed the oppressed in America from hundreds of years of discrimination. He has even delivered the Jews from the oppression of a mighty pharaoh (once thought invincible) in Egypt. Surely, He will not turn a deaf ear to innocent same-gender-loving people in your country, nor allow you to murder them without cause and your land and your people not be judged for doing so!

Uganda, Uganda, I alone do not weep, “FOR A VOICE WAS HEARD IN RAMAH, WEEPING AND GREAT MOURNING, RACHEL WEEPING FOR HER CHILDREN; AND SHE REFUSED TO BE COMFORTED, BECAUSE THEY WERE NO MORE!" (Matthew 2:18)

By Terry Angel Mason, Global Author
Excerpt from Mason’s New Book: Love Won’t Let Me Be Silent -- Pride Edition

Mason is an extraordinary poet and writer who is known for his breakthrough revolutionary book, Love Won't Let Me Be Silent, that is becoming a testament for many gays and lesbians struggling with their sexuality and the need to come out to their family and friends. What started out as a self-published nonfiction book has now become a literary phenomenon consistently earning him numerous literary nominations; while at the same time, gaining a place of reverence in the hearts and minds of millions of readers -- both men and women worldwide.

Author's Website: WWW.TERRYANGELMASON.COM

VIDEO LINKS:

Uganda: Gays, HIV+ people will be killed, possibly jailed for life, and sympathizers also jailed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0hIO-Jt8Hk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGxticKP4pk (The Bill also targets heterosexual people unjustly)