Waymon Hudson

New Questions Around Uganda Beheading, but Situation Remains the Same

Filed By Waymon Hudson | July 07, 2010 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: American Evangelicals, anti-homosexuality bill, hate crimes against LGBT people, Kill the Gays bill, Lou Engle, Martin Ssempa, Scott Lively, Uganda

It appears that some of the details about the motivation behind the violent beheading of Pasikali Kashusbe and his connection to LGBT rights group Integrity Uganda are still very much in question. A story that some connected to the beheading, the apparent disappearance of a Rev. Henry Kayizzi Nsubuga after what was reported to be a "pro-gay sermon", does indeed seem to be a hoax. I didn't include that side story in the original post for exactly that reason- it seemed odd and hard to corroborate. You can get the background on that story and how it is unfolding over at Box Turtle Bulletin, who is doing great work on the subject.

kampalaanti-gaydemokampala-12-09-marchofertnyt-thumb-200x132-11017.jpgThe actual beheading is not being called into question, just the motivations behind it. Some think it may be more of a ritualistic killing than an anti-gay hate crime, yet details remain sketchy. The violent genital mutilation and beheading could indicate both causes: a ritualistic murder or an anti-gay based crime of anger.

What isn't in question is the violent rhetoric that has been circulating in Uganda, much of it by American Evangelicals who travel to the country to say things and promote dangerous agendas they don't dare admit to in the United States. The danger to LGBT people in Uganda is very real and ever increasing. Beatings, death threats, jail sentences, and yes, even murder, are not uncommon in the country or in other African nations.

1.jpgAnti-gay animus is a sad part of the fabric of the country, but has been heightened by the dangerous teachings of Ugandans like Pastor Martin Ssempa, who shows bizarre fetish porn to shock audiences and peddles claims of pedophilia and witchcraft in the LGBT community, and Americans like Lou "Be a Blood Martyr for Christ" Engle and Scott "Gays caused the Holocaust" Lively. Their constant drum-beating for violence and the dangerous lies they paint about the LGBT community make the atmosphere of violence very real and very dangerous for not only the gay community in Uganda, but their allies as well.

The beheading of Pasikali Kashusbe is a tragedy no matter what the cause. What can't be ignored, however, Image-568x758-JPG-thumb-300x224-10331.jpgis the increase in violence towards LGBT people that has been reported in countries like Uganda since American Evangelical extremists began visiting the continent and exporting their bigotry, hate, and rage.

The fear in the LGBT community is real. The fight to keep dangerous laws like the "Anti-Homosexuality" Kill-the-Gays Bill from passing is real. The calls for bloodshed and violent action from so-called Christians are unfortunately very real as well.


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Jim Burroway is calling this whole thing a "hoax," that there isn't any reason right now to believe that he was killed for being a "gay activist," or that he was even a gay activist.

Honestly, this is why I don't post on stories like these. They're sensationalistic and American gays love them too much because we get to be the passive victim in them. It makes me suspicious, and if they aren't duly corroborated by an established news outlet, NGO, or government entity, they can turn out to be entirely false or at least have major details that are incorrect.

Burroway also has a great discussion about how these cases damage our own credibility on all sorts of issues. While it's entirely true that there's too much homophobia in the world, we have to still be careful about the facts of each individual case since some people are looking for excuses not to believe that homophobia exists.