Conservative U.S. Christian “family values” and religious organizations are setting up fronts in Africa to fight for anti-gay and anti-abortion legislation to promote their fundamentalist convictions, according to a report by the progressive think tank Political Research Associates.
“What is important about connecting with our brothers and sisters in the Global South is to see how raw and violent homophobia can be and how the religious community in particular plays such a negative role in denying basic rights and freedom.”
Police in Kampala, Uganda raid a gay rights meeting and arrest several LGBT activists gathered at the Essela Hotel in Najjeera, a Kampala suburb, accusing the participants of “propagating gay issues in Uganda.”
“Big government” will, no doubt, be blamed for its abuse of religious conscience and his supporters will look to the martyr Scott Lively as a tangible example of the state telling the church what it should believe while persecuting God-fearing, Gospel-preaching Christians.
The bill, authored by MP David Bahati, was intended to strengthen Uganda’s already-harsh laws against homosexuality, but instead received worldwide condemnation from many countries including the U.S., and LGBT and human rights advocacy groups.
If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, George Carey had no idea what he was doing. He uncorked the bottle to release the dark genie of homophobia now hanging over most of Africa. It is thick and tangible smog of death and misinformation sweetly perfumed by the incense of his last act as leader of the Anglican Communion.