Uganda Coalition of Leaders Promote Kill the Gays with Lies

Meeting of Ugandans perpetuates U.S. Evangelical homophobic lies about homosexuality with calls for Passage of  Kill the Gays Bill

By Melanie Nathan, November 10, 2012.

This past week Uganda’s prominent homophobes and proponents of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, otherwise dubbed the ‘Kill The Gays Bill‘ clustered in conference to push for passage the dubious legislation which has been languishing in the Ugandan Parliamentary system for several years, drawing international criticism.

The meeting was attended by religious leaders including proven liar, criminal and discredited Martin Ssempa, the Mufti was represented by the Imaam from Old Kampala, Alex Mitala from the National Born Again fellowship, Kiganda from Kingdom FM who also leads the Kampala Pentecostal Churches in Uganda, Joseph Serwadda from Born Again Faith Federation who also heads Impact FM and Victory Church.   Also present was the notoriously single Simon Lokodo, Minister of Ethics and Integrity, who is currently involved in litigation where members of Uganda’s LGBTI community question his right to close down recent LGBT workshops, and  MP David Bahati, the author of the Bill. Accompanying Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Kadaga, who recently issued a statement calling for passage of the bill,was approximately one third of parliamentary members.

It seems that Uganda’s anti-gay element, which comprises a strong majority, and which has been influenced by extreme public rhetoric which started at the birth of the Bill and was exacerbated by the article of Uganda’s Tabloid editor Giles Muhame , in his 2012 article outing 100 gays and lesbians and calling for their hanging, is now ramping up on the distortion and lies, in their quest for passage.

Statement  by Coalition of Religious leaders, Civil Society Organizations, Parents, Children & Citizens of Uganda:

[Delivered at Public Meeting  with Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alitwala Rebecca Kadaga at the CHOGM Gardens next to the Parliament of Uganda on November 9, 2012]

The Rt. Hon Speaker of Parliament, Members of Parliament

Religious Leaders Civil Society Leaders Parents


Ladles & Gentlemen

All protocol observed

Rt. Hon. Speaker, we thank you for making the time in your busy schedule to come and meet us as a coalition of religious leaders, civil society leaders, parents, and students who are here representing the citizens of Uganda.

Many of our people who came to welcome you at the airport last week were not able to see you and were not able to properly  welcome you back in our warm Ugandan sty/e. For that matter, we now wish to welcome you properly  back to Uganda after doing such a wonderful job of standing for our values and culture in Canada. We thank you for accepting our request for this meeting.

We also wish to now thank you officially  as Ugandans for the brave and firm way that you defended the sovereignty of our nation. You did not allow yourself to be bullied or .intimidated by Canada and other powerful Western nations that are fond of arm-twisting developing nations to force them to adopt Western culture some of which is perversion such as homosexuality.

We thank you as a nation and honor you for following the example of the President in making a historic stand in the face of such arrogance as was being displayed at the IPU meeting.

Indeed this brave stand you made as one of the delegates turned out to be the GIANT STAND that represented the position of all the right thinking nations of the world.  We have heard of how delegates from African, Arab, Asian and South

America gave you a standing ovation  after your prolific  defense of our culture and morals.  We say BRAVO to you Hon. Speaker. We as Ugandans are proud of you and you have made us proud.

Rt. Hon. Speaker, we are gathered here this morning very troubled by what we consider as a serious threat  to our children, marriages, families, culture, convictions and our very way of life.

Rt. Hon Speaker, allow me to refresh your memory.

In the  early  months  of  2009, information came to  light  that  our  children  were being molested  and recruited into  gay activities  (homosexuality and lesbianism). This was being carried  out by well-organized and well trained  homosexual groups operating  in  our  schools  and  institutions of  higher  learning  with  funding  and backing from some Western governments and international organizations.

The whole nation  was outraged  and on April 23, 2009 a petition was delivered to Parliament with  signatures  from  all over the nation  asking Parliament  to urgently take measures to safeguard our children and nation from the onslaught of this destructive vice of homosexuality.

Rt. Hon Speaker, the petition was received by none other than yourself when you were the Deputy Speaker. Subsequently, on October 14, 2009, Hon. David Bahati the MP for Ndorwa  West tabled the Anti-Homosexuality Bill [AHB] in Parliament.

The  AHB  raised  unprecedented international  reactions   and  response  mainly coming from  international gay activists, international organizations  and Western nations that have come under the influence  of the gay agenda. While the spirit of the AHB was mainly to provide  protection to the innocent children  of Uganda, the gay activists using the  powerful Western  media  which  they  control, deliberately distorted the facts about  the bill and misled the world  into  thinking that the AHB was a “hunt gays and kill gays” bill. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Uganda as a nation  was then  put  under  pressure to block the  AHB. To this end, government   officials,   MPs  and  the   President   were   pressurized   using  every possible means and in every possible  international forum  to  drop  the  AHB. The international gay machinery  and Western  governments then  poured  millions  of United States Dollars in Uganda to support the gay agenda in Uganda.

Some of the things that this money was used for include: training  and building the capacity of Ugandan gay activist groups, recruiting and training  lawyers to defend homosexuals   in  court,  directly   offering money  to  people  in  key  positions  to oppose the  AHB and threatening them  with  denial  of visas and other  threats  if they   don’t    agree.   They   also  sponsored    programs   in  the   media   that   are sympathetic  to  the  gay agenda, offering money  and favors to  lure  weak, needy and poor  Ugandan  youth  into  homosexuality/lesbianism. They further embarked on strategic  activities in  our  institutions of  higher  learning  where  students  are directly  and deliberately indoctrinated with  gay-biased information in the lecture rooms right  from  first  year. It is deplorable and indeed  sad to note  that  students who refuse to accept the gay philosophy are deliberately failed.

In the  early  months  of  last year, some  sections  of the  international gay activist groups began celebrating their  success in managing  to  ”kill” the  AHB. However, the  bill  has  managed  to  stay  alive  and  has successfully  crossed  from  the 8th Parliament to the 9th  Parliament.

Rt. Hon  Speaker, we  are  grieved  as Ugandans  to  watch  this  drama  of  events happen  before  our  very  eyes as the  vice of  homosexuality  takes its toll  on our children  and  nation. Parents  mourn   quietly   as their   sons  and  daughters  are molested in schools by homosexuals  and they have nowhere  to turn for help.

Young boys  are  constantly  sexually  abused  with  impunity by  powerful personalities and their  cries fall on deaf ears as their  abusers threaten them  and boast  of  being  ”untouchable” in  our  very  nation,  where  according  to  the  law books  homosexuality  is  still  a crime.   As though   that  is  not  enough,  there  is rampant  availability of pornography. Also numerous  movies and soap operas that are broadcast  in the  nation  contain  homosexual content.  This is all a deliberate strategy by the gay agenda to desensitize our children  and reprogram their  minds and attitudes to accept homosexuality as a viable and equal alternative  to heterosexuality.

Rt. Hon. Speaker, we cannot sit back while  such destructive phenomenon is taking place in our nation. We therefore as responsible citizens feel duty bound to bring this  matter  to  your  attention as the  leader  of  Parliament  so that  you our  law makers can do  something to  quickly  address this  deteriorating situation  in our nation.

We  therefore  stand   united   as  Ugandans  on  this   matter  of   homosexuality regardless of our tribes, ethnicities, political affiliations, social and religious backgrounds and wish to state as follows:-

i.        That  we  support  the  stand  that  His Excellency the  President, you Rt.Hon. Speaker and the government have taken on homosexuality  stating that it is a vice and as such is not an acceptable behavior  in our nation.

ii.       That  we  will  stand  behind  the  government  and  all  our  leaders  and encourage  them  to stand firmly  and defend  our position as a nation on homosexuality  in   all   fora,   whether    local  or   international.  We  as Ugandans are ready to pay the price of maintaining our values, cultural and  societal  norms  whatever  the  cost might  be. We categorically  say that we will not sell our national  birthright in exchange for a few dollars to softening on the vice of homosexuality.

iii.       We encourage  all leaders at all levels to emulate  your good example Rt.

Hon  Speaker  and  that  of  the  President  to  accurately  represent  our position as a nation on homosexuality.

We now request you Rt. Han Speaker to use your good offices to:-

i.            Urgently  have the  Parliament  debate  and pass the  Anti-Homosexuality Bill without any further delay. Nothing  would  make us happier  than a dully passed anti-homosexuality bill as a Christmas gift this year.

ii.        Institute a parliamentary committee to  investigate  the  extent  of  the recruitment of our  children  into  homosexuality· and the  impact  of this vice in our schools, institutions of higher learning and any other relevant areas of our society.

iii.       Establish a safe mechanism  whereby  our  sons and daughters who are molested  by homosexuals can be protected from  harm by the homosexual abusers and their machinery.

iv.       Maintain homosexual  behavior as a crime in our law books.

v.            Explore  ways  of  collaborating or  working together with  the  religious groups,  civil  society  groups,  other  stakeholders  such  as schools and universities to find viable interventions to mitigate the damage that has been   wrecked    in   our   society   by  the   gay  agenda   that   has  been operational in our nation for some time now.

In closing, we are aware that some of our youth have been misled by gay activists and  have  been   led   into   the   vice  of   homosexuality  using  inducement   and enticement. We  are  also aware  that  there  are  those  whose  surroundings  and other  factors  leads them  to  same sex attractions. For such people, we extend a hand  of  love  and  understanding and give  them  the  good  news  that  change is possible through  counseling, guidance and spiritual  and professional help.

To this end, no Ugandan  should sentence themselves  to a life of misery because of the false gay propaganda  that  change is impossible.  Many  homosexual  people have been successfully restored  to heterosexuality over the centuries.  Change is possible  and  our   religious   leaders  and  civil  society   organizations   with   the appropriate competencies will  spearhead the move to· bring  restoration to those Ugandans who need it.

The statement calling for the anti-homosexuality Bill is based on lies. The ability to “cure” people of homosexuality has been completely discredited by science including all related credible international medical associations. The statement lies blatantly when it accuses gays of recruitment.  These people offer no proof or credible sourcing. In fact Martin Ssempa was already criminally convicted for lying about such things through a recent direct accusation that was proven false in a Ugandan Court of law. (see article ref. below) .  It is impossible to recruit people into a sexual orientation; and  the lie that gays and lesbians molest children, and the false allegation that homosexuality has harmed Ugandan society is nothing more than flagrant  smokescreens for the true ills of Uganda.


David and Goliath

Ugandans have been seriously misled about the condition and factors surrounding homosexuality and other than a handful of local activists who courageously held their first ever LGBTI pride this year, and with very few religious advocates such as Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, little has happened within the country to educate Ugandans and convey the truth about homosexuality.

From 5 to 8 March 2009, a workshop took place in Kampala with three American evangelical Christians: Scott Lively, an author who has written several books opposing homosexuality; Caleb Lee Brundidge, a self-professed former gay man who conducts sessions to heal homosexuality; and Don Schmierer, a board member of Exodus International, the discredited organization devoted to promoting “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ”.

The theme of the conference, according to The New York Times, was the “gay agenda“: “how to make gay people straight, where false information such as how gay men often sodomized teenage boys and how ‘the gay movement is an evil institution’ whose goal is ‘to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity. ‘  Lively, who asserted in his workshops that homosexuality was akin to child molestation and bestiality, and causes higher rates of divorce and HIV transmission. Lively’s emphasis was on the cohesion of the African family, that he said was being threatened by “homosexuals looking to recruit youth into their ranks”. It is believed that the Kill the Gays Bill came about as a direct result of this workshop and the relationship between Bahati and U.S. Evangelicals.

I have received information from Uganda, but do not have the resources to investigate and so I have yet to substantiate, that MP Bahati has received financial benefit from U.S. Churches supporting this Bill.  It is well known and previously reported here on OBLOGDEE that Bahati has visited the USA as a guest of Jack Klenk, a member of Truro Church, in Fairfax Virginia, and now retired Federal Government director of education in the USA.  Klenk and other Church members of Truro have been known to visit Uganda often in apparent mission tours. Truro Church  broke away from the Episcopal Church amidst the controversial appointment of openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson.

Ugandans have relied on these lies and false information perpetuated by politicians and religious leaders alike.

There is no saying what will happen when the Bill passes.  However there is no doubt that the international community will be compelled to bring repercussions to the country, whether through boycotts, AID restrictions, and possibly even sanctions. It will be very difficult for U.S. corporations and hospitality industry to function in good faith in a country that proposes the death penalty based on sexual orientation, as well as harsh prison sentences if employers, parents, friends, doctors and teachers etc.  fail to turn in known gays and lesbians.

It seems from this fervor that it is now a matter of time. As it is a private member bill, there is no possibility of a President Museveni veto of the Bill.

While the Ugandans claim sovereignty as their right to ignore international human rights standards, global leaders such as President Obama, Sec. of State Hilary Clinton, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UK Prime Minister David Cameron have spoken out harshly against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Update 11/12/2012 : Warren Throckmorton who has been watching and writing about AB for many eyars notes on his blog today:

” More promises to pass the bill from Rebecca Kadaga. After three years watching this situation, I am more concerned now than ever that the bill will pass. If/when it passes, I hope it is immediately challenged in court.

Let’s remember that Museveni has no effective means to veto the bill and did not attempt this last Parliament. He can send bills back to Parliament but if that body is persistent, bills will become law.”


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