Were Ugandan reporters expected to pull their hair out and run screaming from the room at the suggestion of gay sex? Were their eyes supposed to bleed? This from the man in charge of investigating gay deaths in Uganda.
Yes, the climate in Uganda effects everything.
For those you you who don't already know of America's complicity in Uganda's mess, Rachel Maddow links the murder of David Kato to American religious right hatemongers Scott Lively & a Richard Cohen staffer who went to Uganda under the guise as experts to spread the message that homosexuals were out to recruit children and spread disease.
UPDATE: HRC sent a nationwide action alert to its 1.3 million members and supporters, asking them to sign a petition to the three leading anti-LGBT fundamentalist pastors to stop exporting hate in the name of religion. Planning is underway for nationwide vigils honoring the life of David Kato.
Three weeks after winning a lawsuit against a Ugandan rag for their infamous "Hang Them" piece which listed promonent homosexual names and addresses, gay activist David Kato was bludgeoned in his home with a hammer. *See Cato interview below*
For its 2 October issue, [Rolling Stone - no relation to the American mag] pictured Kato and another man on the front page under the words "Hang them", and the sub-headlines "We Shall Recruit 100,000 Innocent Kids by 2012: Homos" and "Parents now face heart-breaks [sic] as homos raid schools".
It's an old theme. THEY are coming for your CHILDREN.
Sarah Palin's recent use of the phrase "blood libel" sparked outrage because its an infamous slur that Jews kill Christian babies to make Matzo. The Nazi's used such propaganda to suggest that Jews (and homosexuals) were a threat to good German children.
Though admittedly most people had to check Wikipedia to find out if they should be angry or not, it was more her tone which was offensive in light of the Tucson tragedy.
Nevertheless, it points to the long history of using children to instill fear and hate.
Illustration (right) from the antisemitic
children's book, The Poisonous
Mushroom, in which a Jewish man
is depicted as a child molester
attempting to lure German children
with candy. [The Breman Museum]
Author Nathan James first noted the parallels for GBM News:
Most comparisons to Nazis in today's rhetoric are just wrong and offensive.
But as a list of 400 Rabbis have signed a letter condemning Glenn Beck for Nazi-baiting and claiming George Soros helped send his fellow Jews to the camps, here is a REAL and undeniable parallel.
Inciting hate. Using children. This method is even older than the Nazis, yet the religious right continues to employ these tactics. David Bahati, 'Pastor' Martin Ssempa and their American Evangelical puppetmasters like Scott Lively & Rick Warren have David Cato's blood on their hands.
We must keep reminding them of that fact. ~~~~
Statements on the Cato murder.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- "...We honor David’s legacy by continuing the important work to which he devoted his life."
Rachel Maddow is such a blessing ...
But more importantly, she points to Bahati's puppet masters here in America - evangelicals in the halls of power who are using Uganda (and Bahati's ig'nunt ass) as a petri dish, watching how their exported homo-hate germ grows, because they want to bring that madness home.
We've said it all along - we cannot sit back and do nothing as Africa's gays are martyred by American hate. Because they will surely come for us next.
She begins respectfully restrained, but nails him at the end. Bless her monumental restraint. Some regular folk we know would have removed the mic and ... well, figure it out.
But watch her work ...
One thing is clear from watching this video: Gay = effeminate in some minds, but not just in Africa.
A linebacker or the pro basketball player who's all over the news doesn't fit into their narrow view of what gay is. The studly rapper turned actor who is a perpetual bachelor with all the women throwing themselves at him couldn't possibly be gay. He just hasn't found the right woman, right?
John Amaechi - ex-NBA baller and author of Man In The Middle - said it best in this Think Progress video interview: when it comes to perceptions about gayness:
In Africa, they think gays are the sickly sissies among them to be rooted out and even murdered. At least in public, privately they must know better because if history tells us anything about the squeakiest wheels on social issues, they always ALWAYS get the most LUBE. Inspired by America's own evangelical terrorists, this murderous obsession afflicts those who've had a raw nerve touched by the subject. This idiot and Pastor Martin "poo-poo" Ssempa in Uganda (and many in America's 'pro-family' groups) have their own dirty little secrets, no doubt. They are either after notoriety and money off the backs of gays by fueling ignorance and their genocide, or they are self-loathing gays themselves desperately trying to shield themselves by shining the light elsewhere (on the effeminate), making it a toss-up which behavior is most repugnant.
Gender Theory certainly should play a larger part in today's gay rights discussions. In Queer Theory, Gender Theory: An Instant Primer, nationally known gender activist Riki Wilchins combines "straightforward prose with concrete examples from LGBT and feminist politics, as well as her own life, to guide the reader through the ideas that have forever altered our understanding of bodies, sex and desire." Activists and wannabe activists should educate (and therefore arm) themselves on the subject.
But more basically, the meat and potatoes of this is every one of us living authentic out and proud lives - the actors, athletes, soldiers, garbage men, etc - is the only way we will change perceptions of what GAY IS here in America and ultimately abroad.
We have American good will ambassadors like George Clooney going to places like the Sudan using his fame in an effort to avert genocide. When are LGBT ambassadors going to reach out to Uganda, Kenya (and lawd knows, Jamaica) in a effort to keep the global spotlight on the matter and possibly thwart the obvious looming, American evangelical inspired LGBT genocides there?
Like it or not, those African fires were started here in America. We cannot in good conscience sit idly and watch them burn. ~
He says that he was "misquoted" and he understands that "gays have rights." Uh-huh. **ON Ignorance ALERT** He also thinks that since the country is evenly split between men and women, there is no need for homosexuality. ** OFF ALERT**
No need for it? What there is clearly a need for in Kenya (and America) is a complete re-education on what GAY IS or what QUEER IS and what happens to societies who do not embrace their inherent differences. Until that happens, progress will continue to be painful and embarrassingly slow. And of course, men, women and children will continue to die. ~
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Hang 'em: Uganda paper publishes photos of Gays
Yeah, "hang 'em", the paper says. Not minister or anything even remotely Christian, just "hang 'em".
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, America's Christian right (and the bat-shit crazy candidates who pander to them) are poised to take control of the House and Senate. They've already taken over the Texas school board, effectively seizing control of the textbooks of America and possibly the minds of the next generation - assuring they'll get less science, more religion.
Shortly after Uganda's "Kill the gays Bill" first blazed across our headlines it was exposed that the American Christian right had lit the match. The bill was introduced several months after a visit by several evangelicals including Scott Lively - author of The Pink Swastika (who writes that the Nazis were a gay movement and that gays want to overthrow Christian society) - who spoke at a conference called the "Seminar on Exposing the Homosexual Agenda." After hearing about the bill, Lively said he believes the Ugandans are better Christians because of the bill.
"Better Christians." Now the GOPea-Party are pushing the gay is "a choice" theme on national news, again, with callous disregard for the rash of gay teen suicides in this country. So we just need fixin', like South Africa's corrective-rapes of lesbians. Thanks, Ken Buck.
We've advocated that evangelicals who incite genocide, like Lively, be arrested, because clearly they are using Africa as a test case for bringing those draconian laws back to America. In the meantime, they'll continue to claim they have nothing against gays while they watch random crazies culling the population abroad and at home.
We may be angry at Obama and the Democrats. Understandable. With America's most visible symbol of it's own homo-hatred, DADT, gasping for air, if we allow the GOPea-Party to seize power they'll immediately put it on life support. Can the gradual erosion of our advances be far behind?
The President recently told a crowd heckling him over AIDS funding (despite the fact that he increased it): "When I see all the polls, hear all the pundits, here's what I take away from it," Obama said. "The single biggest threat to our success is not the other party. It's us. It's complacency. It's apathy. It's indifference."
It couldn't be clearer. Even if you've never voted in a mid-term before, vote this November.
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