Waymon Hudson

ABC News Traces Link Between Uganda "Kill the Gays" Bill & American Anti-Gay Movement

Filed By Waymon Hudson | March 11, 2010 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living, Politics
Tags: ABC News, homophobic behavior, Kill the Gays bill, Martin Ssempa, Rick Warren, Scott Lively, Uganda

ABC Nightline News has a good piece up on the Ugandan "Kill the Gays" Bill and the direct connection to the rabid anti-gay movement in the US. They focus on Scott Lively- professional gay-hater, holocaust revisionist, and recognized hate group leader from the US who has traveled to Uganda to whip up anti-gay animus in the country, leading to the "anti-homosexuality" bill.

The report is worth a watch, since it not only shows Lively, but also Bilerico Reading Pastor Martin "Show Porn in Church" Ssempa (who we have talked about extensively here on the Project), as well as crowds in Uganda chanting for death to "homos." Keep a listen out for Ssempa comparing being gay to being a terrorist, saying homosexuality is "sexual terrorism."

Notice how that Leviticus verse that we've talked about pops up on signs? Ugh. Much more after the jump...

Here's a shorter version with more footage from the ABC nightly News:

It's so heart-wrenching to see gays and lesbians living in Uganda and the danger they face. It's telling that they can personally trace the surge of anti-gay hate to directly after the American Professional Gay-Haters came to their country. Even Scott Lively himself describes his visit as:

dropping a nuclear bomb against the gay agenda in Uganda.

That nuclear bomb is the death penalty, life imprisonment, and other horrific punishments for not only being gay, but just knowing someone is gay and not "turning them in" and other barbaric practices.

It's also interesting how both Lively and Ssempa are quick to claim "racism" when people try to connect the dots between the American Extremist Movement and the Ugandan "Kill the Gays" Bill. It basically boils down to arguing over whose idea it was to kill gays and promote mass murder first.

Ssempa and his supporters certainly existed and had these views prior to Lively, Rick Warren, and other American Anti-Gay Activists traveling to Uganda. What can't be denied, however, is the amplifying effect and rallying cry that these US evangelicals gave them. It has nothing to do with race to show the connections between the two groups- who share debunked anti-gay "research" and presentations. Ssempa headlined events with Lively and Warren in Uganda (as shown by those posters held up by the screaming crowds in the video), so the connection is well documented.

It is a symbiotic relationship of hate, which plenty of blame to go around to all of them.

Perhaps most telling is this tweet from ABC reporter Dan Harris:

Souvenir from the most homophobic place I've ever been.


We need more reports like this- many more reports, with more in-depth looks into the connections and consequences of stirring up such hate towards the LGBT community. The "Kill the Gays" Bill isn't going away- and it's not the only one being considered or in effect around the globe. We need to continue to shine a light on these extreme pushes for mass murder against our community.

Let's hope this report is just the beginning.

(h/t Good As You for the video)

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Hurray for ABC News for waking up to the Uganda nightmare. Maybe now that they've mentioned it, more Americans will wake up to the dangers of this new religious movement.

But indie media online have been scooping ABC and other major TV networks on this subject for several years. Talk2Action and PublicEye have been doing steady investigative reporting on all this ugly religious stuff going in Africa, and its connections to religious ugliness in America. Bruce Wilson of Talk2Action has frequently written on these subjects for Huffington Post. So has Bill Berkowitz of BuzzFlash, and a number of others I could mention.

During the 2008 Presidential campaign, some of these indie media warned about Sarah Palin's link to this African hate-the-gays movement. Their coverage inspired me to write about it for Bilerico. But few people paid any attention. Clearly it took the blatant nature of the kill-the-gays bill in Uganda to jolt some of our corporate media executives out of their high-paid slumber.

But their reaction time has been slow -- nothing for a giant like ABC to be proud of.

I watched the video you posted last night, Waymon. I had never heard of Lively before. Tonight, I learned the "Pink Swastika" was published fourteen years ago. There is no way Lively could not know what he's done - enough said. Why isn't this story front page news?