Homosexuality and Gay Rights in Uganda. "Christians" lead persecution.

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Holocaust in Uganda.

Christian evangelicals Promoting Persecution of Gays.

See what "The Family" is up to in Uganda.

More evidence.

Holocaust in Uganda.

In the Republic of Uganda there exists a great hatred of homosexuals. If you take a walk down any street in Kampala and ask the people you meet what they think of homosexuality they will, almost everyone, tell you that it is an abomination, hated by God, and something every good person ought to be totally revolted against. This is the opinion of a very large portion of the population of sub-Saharan Africa. Here it is driven by a very fundamentalist approach to biblical interpretation in the Christian community, allied with a similar attitude in a large section of the Muslim population. If you are homosexual in almost every country in Africa, you are likely to be living in fear because in this part of the world to be homosexual is to be regarded as a lower form of life. This hatred of the homosexual is been driven by sections of the Evangelical Christian churches.

In every age there have been groups of people who have been singled out as the "hate figures" for that age. The exact identity of the persecutees has varied depending on the era, or the region or country that the vilification was taking place. In late imperial Rome the target for hatred and persecution was the early Christians. After the reign of Constantine it was the turn of the pagans to be persecuted. Then for a short period during the time of Julian the Apostate the Christians felt the rod again. During the middle ages the Muslims persecuted the Christians in the Middle East, and then, with the crusades, the "Followers of Christ" fought back and the Muslims, Jews, and Orthodox Christians were equally massacred. From the sixteenth until the middle of the seventeenth centuries in Europe Catholics and Protestants hated each other with a passion. The Catholics loathed the Protestants because they believed they were heretics, and the Protestants believed the Catholics were the Antichrist and killed them for that reason. Hundreds of thousands were killed during the Thirty Years War. It was not unusual for a Catholic soldier to be throwing a "Heretic Baby" into a fire while just a few miles down the road a Protestant soldier would be repaying the compliment with a "Spawn of the Antichrist.

During the twentieth century hatred of the Jewish race, which had always simmered beneath the surface of European society, burst forth in the obscenity that was Nazism. The result was the holocaust, and six million murders. And lest we think that "The children of Israel" are immune from the contagion of irrational hatred of their fellow man, let me just mention the word "Palestinian" and draw your attention to recently broadcast pictures of Jewish settlers in "The West Bank" throwing stones at Palestinian children as they try to go to school.

In China today we see persecution and oppression of national minorities like the Uighurs and the Tibetans. Persecution and hatred towards Christians persists still in certain Middle East countries, and also in India. In South Africa, Rhodesia, and in large parts of the United States of America persecution of black people was until quite recently sanctioned in law. Now we are faced with the rise of irrational hatred of white people from extremists in Zimbabwe and in South Africa, while black power preachers in the USA thunder forth with hatred of the "Whites".

You will have gathered from the foregoing that I don’t really have much regard for those who would foment hatred against any other group in society, especially since the rationale behind the vituperation is always so tenuous; but the reason why I am choosing to type this at the moment is not just to fulminate against lack of human understanding in the first place, but because I think I have identified the target of the next great persecution, and I suspect that the killing field will be Africa, and one of the driving forces behind the next great "Holocaust" is the Christian Evangelical Movement in the United States.


Christian evangelicals Promoting Persecution of Gays

In October 2009 a bill was presented to the parliament in Uganda calling for greatly increased penalties against those who engaged in homosexual practices. This bill, if enacted, would provide for life imprisonment for anyone engaging in male to male or female to female sexual congress. Repeat offenders would be subject to the death penalty. If someone knows the identity of a homosexual, and does not disclose it, that person will be liable to three years imprisonment. There is further provision in the law for those engaging in same sex activities abroad, to be subject to extradition warrants so they can face punishment at home.

The Member of Parliament who introduced the bill is a Dapper well educated, apparently sophisticated man called David Bahati. (Incidentally the Nazi Governor of Warsaw was the Dapper well educated, and undoubtedly sophisticated Reinhardt Heydrich). Never let appearances deceive you. Anyway this "Honourable" Mr Bahati is the Ugandan head of an evangelical organisation called The Family. This is an association set up in the United States to oppose such things as Gay Marriage, and it counts among its members a certain amount of right wing Christian fundamentalists and a sprinkling of the less liberal legislators in that great "Fountain of Liberty called The United States of America. A group of American Evangelists held a well-publicised conference in Uganda in January 2009. This had a distinctly anti-homosexual bias. It was shortly afterwards that the bill I just mentioned was drafted.

I could go on at great length about the dangers of his bill for the civil liberties of Gay people in Uganda, but I won’t. The really worrying thing about it is the prevailing attitude it reveals. Homosexuals in that country are being portrayed in the same colours as the Jews were in Hitler’s Germany, and they may be heading for the same fate as the unfortunate victims as that testicularicly challenged maniac. This law is been brought in by those who espouse The Prince Of Peace as their leader, and it is being pushed for by outside influences who purport to have the same loving Christian agenda. What I would like to say to these people is that their activities stink, that they stink, and that in Heaven Jesus says they stink also.


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Hard to believe we never learn from the past and keep on repeating the same mistakes time and again. Bigotries, prejudice and ignorance has no limits as it seems. Arrogance and an unjustified sense of superiority has no limits. The narrow minded attitude of individuals and society at large, has no limits.

It happens again and again and we turn a blind eye to suffering and discrimination while we consider ourselves to be “civilized and God fearing”


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christopheranton 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom Author

Hi Petra. Thanks for the comment. It is indeed sad that the worst sort of oppression being propagated in the world today often seems to come from those whose professed religion teaches love and peace to all.


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

This is a very important article. Thank you.


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom Author

Hi sligobay.

They are having a presidential election in Uganda at the moment. It's not getting a lot of international coverage.

I just wonder if "The Family" are bankrolling any of the candidates.

Thanks for dropping in, and for the supportive comments.


jonnycomelately 5 years ago

Have these people never read the bible and understood that they are the modern-day representatives of the Pharisees?

Can you wonder that 50 years ago I came to the decision that I could not be a christian and homosexual at the same time? The only thing I could change was the being a christian bit. I saw hypocrasy, hate, self-righteousness. I saw no love, although this was what the people in my church said they were promoting.

Now, 50 years later, I see people, particularly in the southern states of the United States of America, also calling themselves christian, also claiming they preach the Love of God, the forgiveness and redemption through Jesus Christ, YET: they have instigated lynchings; bashing; ostracising; breaking up families; hateful condemnations; you name it, anything which you would regard as un-loving. And they can always turn to a verse in scripture which supports their views.

Now, I have dropped any acceptance that there is life or consciousness for me after my death. There is no such thing as a judgemental god. Nothing after death. No Thing!

A creator, yes! An entity of some kind which we cannot fathom, but "it" gave rise to this beautiful world, and I am part of it, and very, very, grateful!


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom Author

Thanks jonnycomelately for your good comments. I am sure that Jesus, who I believe in, will see your good heart and welcome you to your reward.

It is does who hurt people for false righteousness who should fear his wrath.


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lone77star 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Christopher, a powerful statement. That Christians would treat others -- even other Christians -- that way is appalling.

We each have our own crosses to bear and attachments to let go.

Jesus warns against being attached to the things of this world. Ego is the ugliest of them. But these Homo sapiens bodies are part of this world, too. Sex of any kind does not fit in the next world. These Homo sapiens bodies are not anything we can take with us. They are of this world.

I love my wife. We enjoy each other's company, but I try not to hold what I have as an "importance" or "attachment."

Our mortal identities, our cars, our houses, our reputations and our bodies will be left in the dust.

Don't be caught like Lot's wife, clinging to the past. I don't think there is room for gay or straight where we want to go. That's my current, imperfect understanding.

Love you, brother.


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom Author

Hi lone77star.

Thanks for that comment. There is much to applaud in what you say.

I agree, that in the next life, sex will not be an issue. But I also believe that we will retain our personalities there, and that will mean that the attachments we have formed here will be carried on there.

That's my feeling on the matter anyway.

Love you too Brother, and your loving wife.

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