Waymon Hudson

You've Got (Hate) Mail: Stop Caring about Human Rights!

Filed By Waymon Hudson | January 31, 2010 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Site News
Tags: hate mail, Kill the Gays bill, Martin Ssempa, Uganda

I love getting hyper-conservative screeds that make little sense. It's something of a hobby for me.

On a recent post entitled "Uganda's 'Kill The Gays' Bill Goes XXX??", in which I took Pastor Martin Ssempa (one of the authors of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill) to task for showing fetish porn and having strong ties to American Evangelicals, we had a drive-by commenter who took issue with me going after a man that wants to put gays to death.

Behold Betty:

hate mail.jpghey  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.

Where to start...

Oh Betty. I just can't resist engaging a little bit.

First, let's talk about deceiving the public. Multiple news agencies reported Ssempa's little presentation in favor of the "Kill the Gays" bill- complete with scat fetish porn and tales of pedophiles coming after children. And people that left the presentation early were interviewed as they left, so I think it's pretty clear that Ssempa overplayed his hand and things did not go "smoothly" for him.

As for deception, I think Ssempa, and folks like him, are the ones actively deceiving the public. They spread fear and lies about gay men- showing fringe fetishes (which I could easily find with heterosexual people with a quick google search too) and bogus "statistics" meant to demonize an entire group of people. Doesn't like a very Pastor-like thing to do...

As for why I and so many other people around the world are so concerned with this bill, it's simple. We care about our fellow man. We care about human rights. We care about what would surely be a mass extermination of gay people in Uganda.

It has nothing to do with national sovereignty or God, it has to do with basic human rights and protection. Sure we could turn a blind eye, but that makes us all culpable for the atrocities that occur around us. It may apply to "Uganda alone", but that doesn't make it right or excusable.

Now let's have a chat about "God's Will" and "turning to God". I have a hard time, no matter what your definition of "God" is, thinking that it would be his/her will to kill others. A certain verse comes to mind:

Let He Without Sin Cast the First Stone.

I'm guessing you and Pastor Ssempa must lead pretty sin-less lives with all the stones you're throwing around. The fact that you are coming to the blog to argue for killing people seems to belie that assumption a bit...

And if your God wants you to kill, imprison, intimidate, and demonize a swath of people, then I think I'll take a pass.

But thanks for stopping by, Betty.


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Dear Betty,

I'm with you! I don't know why Hudson is so concerned. So the bill goes through, it creates mass genocide, and thousands of people die. At the risk of sounding harsh, who cares? I mean, it's Uganda! None of our business! Besides, that's like, more than 500 miles away from here. Next he'll probably tell us to donate money to those earthquake victims. Haiti, Haiti, Haiti. I hate to say it, but Haiti obviously did something really evil to piss off God. I mean, everything is part of his perfect plan, right? If Hudson insists on running his mouth he should at least have the decency to talk about Iraq! Do you know know how much it's costing me to fill up the tank these days?

Anyway, great argument, girl! You have such a gift! I just know that your beautiful letter will convince Hudson to turn to God. Just think of all the good work he'll be able to do for Jesus once they've healed him at gay-camp!

Yours truly,
One of the chosen few

Neal Twyford | February 1, 2010 12:17 AM

It should be pointed out that true believers have severe psychological disorders.

Years--often a life-time--of having the evangelical, pentecostal paranoid dogma preached to them, makes them literally hollow beings. They are without any compassion for any one different from their pathological one-way only mode of thinking.

Any one outside this "norm," for whatever reason is condemned to death and an eternity of torture in a "lake of fire."

It used to be taught by these mentally ill people that this punishment would be after death at yawehs command. Now, they claim that "God" as told them they must begin punishing those who are "different" right here on Earth.

Any one who differs from them or is PERCEIVED to differ can and should be murdered in cold blood in his name.

Think I am over re-acting. How many Medical Doctors have be killed by psycho Christians with not the slightest regret. How many persons perceived to be gay have been beaten to death or severely injured.

Has the gay bashings--verbal and physical--and murders increase, we must meet those who do them face-to-face.

Not with violence and hate, but face-to-face. Some public place where a group queers can gather, hang a sign, "We're queer. Chat with a queer here." or "Don't know any queers. Chat with a queer here."

Some such approaches work. We need to reach out continuously.

They are. Let's best 'em with eye-to-eye positive personal 'witnessing."

For a bit after Waymon shared the comment with me, I wondered if it really was from Uganda. But the IP address originates from Uganda - it's real. Sadly.

I actually read this for the first time yesterday, but was so unnerved that I couldn't even formulate a coherent response. And still, all I can say is that I completely agree with Neal about the obvious possibility of a psychological disorder.

And I know this is going to seem like a stupid question, but how in the hell can you victimize a group of people in a cruel and violent way and claim you are doing it for your god?

I actually read this for the first time yesterday, but was so unnerved that I couldn't even formulate a coherent response. And still, all I can say is that I completely agree with Neal about the obvious possibility of a psychological disorder.

And I know this is going to seem like a stupid question, but how in the hell can you victimize a group of people in a cruel and violent way and claim you are doing it for your god?