Waymon Hudson

Uganda's Porn Peddling Pastor Ssempa Responds to Critics

Filed By Waymon Hudson | February 23, 2010 12:00 PM | comments

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Tags: Kill the Gays bill, Pastor Martin Ssempa, porn, Uganda

Pastor Martin Ssempa, one of the biggest proponents of Uganda's "Kill the Gays" Bill and a favorite contact for American Evangelicals like Rick Warren, has apparently been googling his name and doesn't like what he's been reading.

sempa-1.jpgAfter numerous scatological porn screenings to drum up support and fear for killing gays in Uganda, one of which ended in people walking out of the room in disgust and another which took place in a church, it seems the criticism is getting under Ssempa's skin. He released a lengthy press release (sent our way by Warren Throckman via Rev. Ssempa's supporting church, Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas, which supports the Ssempas as missionaries to Uganda) that tries its best to shift blame and stir up more fears and misinformation about gays.

The screed is entitled in part "the homosexualist campaign to keep Africans ignorant of Sodomy" and begins with comparing showing the fetish porn as showing films about female genital mutilation to educate the public.

Get ready to go down the rabbit hole... The press release and more after the jump.

Here's the full press release:

On Screening Gay Porn1

After trying to tie showing niche fetish porn to educating about female genital mutilation, Ssempa goes on to continue to claim that the "Kill the Gays" Bill only applies to "death for pedophiles and those who raped the handicapped", a claim that has been debunked by everyone from International Human Rights groups to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton to Ssempa's own government. In fact, many think that there are huge legal loopholes in the draft bill that would allow Uganda to execute anyone 'related' to homosexuals:

The wording of the legislation allows Uganda to execute anyone found guilty of repeat offenses involving homosexuality "or related offenses" which include speaking out in defense of tolerance, or being a relative, pastor or doctor of a homosexual and refusing to report that person to the authorities for execution.

Another meme from Ssempa in the press release is that he is simply fighting the "evils of Sodomy" in Uganda, not the gays themselves:

Dr. Martin Ssempa who is the executive director of the family policy and human rights center gave a researched presentation on "What" are the homosexual acts, and what are their consequence on the human body. It was very important that the proposed legislation would not be designed in ignorance and fear, but solid information on the acts which the bill seeks to legislate.

Interesting that Ssempa doesn't seem to consider that heterosexuals engage in sodomy too, something he never addresses. He's happy to find the most fetishistic, fringe examples of gay sex acts that play into his "depraved, unclean homosexuals" fear-mongering, yet ignores that these acts certainly aren't limited to gay men and aren't what the bill's language and focus are about.

And his "solid information" comes from less than reputable sources. His main source is from his ex-gay ally, Paul Kagaba of ex gay Uganda. Kagaba uses "research presentations" showing "the secret but deviant acts of sodomy which included fisting, anal and fecal licking." He also has apparently "confirmed":

the research and shared about the ongoing recruitment of young people into sodomy as funded by European and American organisations which bribe young people into sodomy with offers of money, ipod and laptops under the guise of "sexual and reproductive" rights seminars.

That's some academic source Ssempa is citing...

Pastor Ssempa and those that support him keep claiming that the "Kill the Gays" Bill focuses "NOT on people, but rather acts." Yet those "acts" are narrowly defined and advertised as "secret deviant" things that only gays (and gay men at that) do.

These are more excuses to try and wash over the fact they want to target gays to be killed out of sheer animus and homophobic bigotry. As much as these people try the smoke and mirrors approach, it is vital that we continue to shine a light on what this bill and its supporters really intend.

You can dress it up in gross-out porn presentations or throw Bible verses on it with support from American Evangelicals, but the results are the same: mass genocide for gays in Uganda.


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But remember, Waymon: we're only doing all this to protect the children.

Gah. After reading that piece of PR spin, I seriously want to go home and take a shower. The frightening thing is that this man no doubt honestly believes everything he's doing is for the good of everyone (well, except for the gays, of course) -- and that right there is enough to frighten anyone.

I'm with Sean Martin, I feel like I want to take a long hot shower after reading that document.

Another scary thing to me is that this is exactly what the fundamentalists would do here in the USA if they could get away with it. These colonialists haven't changed in hundreds of years, I see.

What is with this so-called pastor? He is probably so nutso that he thinks killing Uganda's gay will help them!!! Words escape me!!! What would he do with a trans person?
Kori

It is allpart of the 'hate the sin, love the sinner' ethic.

See if someone is dead they can't sin anymore.

Genocide is really too strong of a term, and people use it too much for acts that are just mass murder.

The horror that is genocide, like the holocaust, the killing in Rwanda, and what is going on in Darfur should be used only when it is appropriate, and in this case it isn't. Trying to legislate the legal murder of people just because they do things you don't agree with is bad, but it isn't genocide.

Sorry Waymon for calling you out on this, but people are starting to throw the g word around too often, and we should not devalue the word in memory of those who have suffered from it.

Right. This is merely "ethnic cleaning".

Actually, I was using the UN definition, which I think fits in this situation (but I concede it's a totally debatable point- but that shouldn't distract from the horror of what's be proposed in Uganda):

While a precise definition varies among genocide scholars, a legal definition is found in the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG). Article 2 of this convention defines genocide as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."[1]

While being LGBT may not be listed, I think using one's sexual orientation is in keeping with the enumerated list of groups here.

The definition I use is "the extermination of a people or a nation".

I suppose you could make a case for LGBT folks falling under the "people" part of it, But I always thought of it being more like race, ethnicity, that sort of thing. I guess it comes down to a matter of scale.

I see your point, but what makes me think of this on larger scale is the loophole pointed out to those sympathetic to LGBT folks in Uganda (going after friends, family, and those around them). That would push the scale of this law larger (if the Ugandan government decided to push it that far), which if people like Ssempa have any say, will surely happen.

All of that being said, I'm not one to get hung up on the label of a horror like this law. If you prefer to call it mass murder rather than genocide, I think the point will be made the same. It's a odious, dangerous, horrific bill that would lead to large number of deaths.

But to me, this is falling into the fundamentalist line of thinking.

Ssempra's document (perhaps with an eye on that definition) explicitly states the legislation is not focused on people but acts.

But even then, if we want to go the act route, there is one group in that definition that Waymon cites who is identified based on acts: that would be religious people.

Where did he get his PhD from? Is it any sort of reputable institution, or is it just a phoney bit of paper he got online? Clearly he doesn't understand even the most basic concepts of research, peer review, etc when posing 'evidence' for argument. If it is from an actual university, they should strip him of his PhD - perhaps some international bodies should be pressuring the university to do just that. Then we could stop referring to him as 'Dr' and the false sense of authority it implies...

I hate to say it, but it doesnt really matter to his people whether the PhD is real or not. It's all appearances, and he's working that image as hard as he can. To attack him on that will get you nowhere, because by and large it's irrelevant to the folks who need convincing.

Must be one of those American-style "PhDs" that you can get in "Theology". Not in the study of religion from an anthropological point of view, but merely training to be a preacher.
This is so pastors can get the high of being called "Doctor", I guess.

-We're not talking about love! We're talking about S-E-X in front of the C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N!

-Sex cauldron? I thought they closed that place down!

Speaking of which, I didn't know Obama was still paying for people's abortions. We really need to get that guy to stop abusing his campaign funds like that!

It really doesn't matter what you call it - ethnic cleansing, gender genocide, or whatever. The American and Ugandan cultists - Ssempa, the roman cult clergy, islamists and the prots are all preparing for the mass murder or our brothers and sisters.

They continue to have the help of American cultists despite the fact that Warren, who you might remember from his pal Obama's inaugural, stopped just short of endorsing the murder bill.

Warren and other rightists interfered in the civil affairs of a sovereign nation, endangering the lives of foreign nationals by promoting mass murder. At home, their broadcast bigotry sets the stage for anti-LGBT murders in the US, egging on thugs.

Ten to one Warren and the other christers will never be prosecuted or lose their tax exemptions for their crimes against humanity. At least someone has a fierce defender.

Before the killings begin in earnest we should try to prevent them.

First we should demand that Obama and H. Clinton broadcast an offer for full asylum and social services for GKBT folks endangered by American christers and by American interference or invasions and occupations of Iraq, Palestine, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Second we should demand that the African Union, the UN, the EU and the US and others cut off all trade and aid to Uganda - except for food, medicines and other humanitarian necessities.

Third we should ask the World Court to issue arrest warrants for any Ugandan legislator who votes for the bill authorizing murder and for any Ugandan government, diplomat, military or police official who abets implementation of the murder bill. Similar warrants should be issued for bishops, pastors and imams who call for mass murder, whether Ugandan citizens or foreign nationals like Warren.

Genocide: "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."[1]

Is religion not a belief system? as a catholic who is gay, can't I, with many of my brethren, be a gay catholic. as such, Shouldn't my beliefs be protected from genocide as that of a protestant, or lutheran, or mormon?

Dear Wayne and friends,

Thank you for posting my press statement on website.I would like to make sure that we fight HOMOPHOBIA all over the world by giving people accurate information on homosexuality. I agree we must never make any legislation based on people, rather we must legislate actions. It is actions which constitute social deviance, a social and spirtual debt and harm society.

My question is this, is there any part of the listed sexual acts which are not true? I agree with you unnatural acts whether homo or hetero are still unnatural and must be equally treated as deviant. Having worked as a case worker with people with HIV/AIDS both in the US and Africa for more than 23 years you could imagine I have a little information.

Finally we are scheduling an international conference on a post Copenhagen"Global Sexual Climate Change and its implications on population sustainability" at Makerere University Kampala Uganda November 2010. We are looking for papers and scholars. Anyone interested please shoot me an email with your credentials at familypolicycenter@gmail.com.

We are interested why homosexuals in Afica have 10 times more HIV/AIDS than normal people? Why are nations such as European Union which have legalised homosexuality having a crisis in population sustainability? What are the implications of the global culture clash between western views of Sodomy as a human right, and the African view of Sodomy as a human vice. Does globalisation mean Sodomisation!

This and much more..coming up for Nov 2010

Mr. Hudson,

I am wondering why you have not yet posted my comment. Is there a problem or are you only looking for a one sided monologue. I thought you would be okay with a dialogue without fear of posting my comment. Otherwise your monologue borders on Redneck talk who are afraid of serious intellectual debate on the issue of culture clash, globalization, and human rights.

Martin Ssempa PhD

twinkie1cat | March 2, 2010 12:14 PM

The "pastor" is scary. This is a very dangerous politician. The fact that he is well educated, a Ph.D real or fake is respected, and pastors also receive automatic respect, especially among the less educated makes him more dangerous. We may laugh at Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church, but Ssempa comes off as an authority. He reminds me of David Duke, the KKK Grand Dragon who nearly became Governor of Louisiana.

Ssempa knows how to use the media and the traditional fears of the people. He manipulated them with his videos. 80% of people learn best visually. Teachers know this. A picture is worth a thousand words. People remember them. There is an ancient silent movie that started the resurgence of the KKK and multiple lynchings called BIRTH OF A NATION. There is another called REEFER MADNESS that caused Americans to lose legal access to marijuana to this day. Ssempa is doing exactly the same thing. He is too intelligent and manipulative, a genuine tool of Satan to be disregarded.

He said absolutely nothing new in his press release, just repeated the usual fundamentalist lies. It is education and his position of authority that makes him dangerous. The protests much continue, not just in America, but also in Africa among the real Christians. But in America, something else needs to happen. The best thing to do would be to cut off foreign aid to Uganda if they pass this bill. Money talks. Even authority cannot overcome it.

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