US missionaries 'behind Uganda's anti-gay law'

2014-02-26 12:45
Ugandan pupils take part in an event organised by born-again Christians to celebrate the signing of a new anti-gay bill  , in Uganda. (Stephen Wandera, AP)

Ugandan pupils take part in an event organised by born-again Christians to celebrate the signing of a new anti-gay bill , in Uganda. (Stephen Wandera, AP)

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Cape Town – A video clip has emerged in which a Ugandan Anglican priest Kapya Kaoma based in Boston reveals how anti-gay evangelical campaigners from the United States have helped push Uganda to adopt an anti-homosexual law.

President Yoweri Museveni signed the controversial anti-gay bill on Monday and said the bill was necessary in his country because "arrogant and careless Western groups" tried to "recruit" Ugandan children into homosexuality.

This came despite warnings from Washington that Museveni was putting US relations.

Kaoma, revealed in the clip - filmed undercover in Uganda - and was published by The Guardian, that American conservatives were “powerful” in Uganda and they used religion to “demonise” homosexuality.

“American evangelists are all powerful in Uganda and that power is used to persecute those who are trying to question them. ... religion [is] being used to demonise and in fact kill”, said Kaoma.

New bill on homosexuality

Kaoma talked about a conference where an American Pastor Scott Lively spoke to a Ugandan audience who “believed everything that he said about gay people”.

According to Kaoma, Lively told the conference: “The gays were responsible for what happened in Nazi Germany” and moved on to says: “They [homosexuals] have taken over the United Nations, they have taken over America, now they have come to Uganda and they are going to recruit your children and they are going to turn them into gays because their goal is to destroy human society”.

It was after the Lively conference that the Ugandan parliament felt there was need to come up with a new bill on homosexuality, Kaoma said.

The anti-gay bill cruised through parliament in December after its architects agreed to drop a death penalty clause.

It holds that repeat homosexuals should be jailed for life. It also outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and legally obliges people to denounce gays to the police.

Read more on:    yoweri museveni  |  us  |  uganda  |  gay rights  |  east africa
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