Kill The Gays Bill

Report: U.S. Christian Right lobbies to implement anti-gay laws in Africa

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — 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 released Tuesday by the progressive think tank Political Research Associates.

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RGOD2: Spreading the word on the road to Minneapolis and Indianapolis | VIDEO

Last week, Bishop Christopher Senyonjo and I had an opportunity to relax in the home of Tim and Michael, two dear friends in Minnetonka, Minn. We had been on the road fighting for global equality for two weeks, so it was a time to do laundry, have lunch with my partner Mile (as he changed planes on his way to Europe to visit his family) and give some support to the local campaign for marriage equality.

We were interviewed by KFAI Radio and shared some of the background of the anti-LGBT campaign in Africa.

ACTION ALERT: Stop tabloid editor, who called on Ugandans to hang the gays, from visiting U.S.

Giles Muhame is the editor of Uganda’s Rolling Stone tabloid, which made international headlines when it published the photos of “100 of the Top Homos” in 2010, next to a hangman’s noose and the words “HANG THEM.”

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RGOD2: Architect of homophobia in East Africa retiring in a “Field of Blood”

Today, June 22, more than 30 Anglican bishops will gather in Uganda to elect a new Archbishop for their 12 million members.

Archbishop Henry Luke Orombe is retiring to develop his own Orombe Foundation to have partnerships with government to “build an empowered God fearing vibrant society.” He has ambitious plans to create a $16 million education center in a country where the majority of his flock lives on less than $1 a day.

In Uganda, police raid workshop on gay rights, arrest LGBT activists

Police in Kampala, Uganda on Monday raided a gay rights meeting and arrested several LGBT activists gathered at the Essela Hotel in Najjeera, a Kampala suburb, accusing the participants of “propagating gay issues in Uganda.”

East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, the organization behind the workshop, said that police interrupted the meeting and began questioning attendees at the event, including activists from Canada, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.

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RGOD2: And the archbishop wondered: Dildos for the widows of Uganda?

Yona Okoth (pictured below) was the Anglican Archbishop of Uganda from 1984 to 1995. He described himself as “ just a man from the jungle” and rose from obscurity to head the 10 million member Church of Uganda representing a third of his country’s population.

I met him in 1991 when he asked for help to combat the spread of AIDS. He had an “AIDS conversion experience” in 1988 after he dramatically spoke at the Lambeth Conference of worldwide Anglican bishops.

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RGOD2: Lawsuit against Scott Lively shows when history and justice rhyme | VIDEO

Interpretation of history, particularly religious history, must always be done with the meticulous skill of a surgeon, or the patient may die. Left to the devices of amateurs or God forbid, politicians, lots of people will get hurt or be killed needlessly.

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NEWS ANALYSIS: "Kill The Gays" bill is back on agenda in Uganda's Parliament, and why | VIDEO

We have been reporting for the past 10 days about Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality bill of 2009, which has been reintroduced in its original form into the Ugandan 9th Parliament.

This bill includes the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” and harsh prison terms for homosexuals and lesbians in Uganda, where homosexuality is currently criminal under the less definitive law of “crimes against the natural order.”

Word has it that the death-penalty portion of the bill is being changed, but what they change is has yet to become public.

Uganda lawmakers revive infamous "Kill The Gays" bill

KAMPALA, Uganda -- Uganda's infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill -- dubbed the "Kill The Gays" bill -- was reintroduced in parliament on Tuesday.

The original version of the bill, first introduced in 2009, included harsh penalties, including the the death penalty for some homosexual acts.

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.

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RGOD2: The Gospel according to Carey, the overtly homophobic edition

Weighing in on the former Archbishop of Canterbury’s support of ex-gay therapy, I am reminded of a quote from Albert Einstein:

“You can never solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that created the problem in the first place.”