Hate preacher seeks Christian martyrs
A MUSLIM he may not be, but major league crazy Lou Engle, according to The Gospel According to Hate blog
Repeatedly looks to radical Muslims as his guide.
Even though Engle regards Islam as “demonic”, the US evangelist laments that fact that Islam’s followers know how to die for their faith, while Christians have become soft and forsaken martyrdom. He’s also called for a second civil war in the United States and speaks of an “underground” Christian church that plans to take over the world.
Engle, who has been calling for young Christians to take up the cause and become martyrs for their faith in their stand against “immoral” secularism, healthcare for all US citizens and abortion, is particularly exercised over homosexuality (now there’s a surprise) and now we learn that he is exporting his vicious brand of homophobia to a country already in the grip of anti-gay fervour – Uganda.
According to the Huffington Post, Engle today staged an all-day anti-gay event – The Call Uganda Rally – at the Makerere University Sports Field on Kampala.
If both Engle and The Call sound familiar, it’s because a similar event, a 12-hour rally to boost support for Yes on 8, was held in San Diego’s Qualcomm stadium during the Prop 8 battle in California.
A major figure in the New Apostolic Reformation, Engle has close ties with the violent anti-abortion movement called The Army of God, who stirred up such a frenzied atmosphere of attacks on abortion clinics that they finally incited someone to assassinate the well-known doctor George Tiller.
His own movement also calls for acts of “martyrdom” – meaning followers who are willing to commit violent acts, including murder, who will willingly go to prison or be shot down by police, so they can rid the world of the movement’s “enemies,” namely prominent abortionists and LGBT leaders and the like.
The web site for “The Call Uganda” announced the stadium rally and encouraged those attending to fast for twenty-one days before the massive rally in Kampala. Their goals are to fight against:
- Witchcraft and human sacrifice
- Homosexuality and increased immorality
- Disasters and the resultant suffering of the people
- The decay of morals and infrastructure of Kampala
The LGBT/SOGI Human Rights Program at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office indicates that Engle’s plan was to scapegoat LGBT people for all the ills listed above, a common theme that Ugandan pastors like Martin Ssempa have picked up on used to increase support for violence against LGBT people.
With the Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill under consideration, TheCall: Uganda is exporting more homophobia at a time when threats and violence against gay people are already increasing. Many have had their photos in Ugandan newspapers with headlines describing them as “Top Homos.”
Frank Mugisha, President Sexual Minorities of Uganda, said
Gay people are already fleeing their homes and have to move from house to house because of threats to their lives. Americans need to stop Lou Engle from coming to Uganda.
Lou Engle is just the latest American Evangelical to go to Uganda. ABC Nightline News has a good piece on the Ugandan “Kill the Gays” Bill and the direct connection to the rabid anti-gay movement in the US. Three evangelicals from the United States – Scott Lively, Caleb Lee Brundidge, and Don Schmierer – held a three-day conference on homosexuality in Kampala, Uganda, in March 2009.
ABC focuses on Scott Lively – a professional gay-hater, holocaust revisionist, and recognised hate group leader from the US who has traveled to Uganda to whip up anti-gay animus in the country, leading to the “anti-homosexuality” bill. Video of Lively at this conference shows him saying gay people were behind the Nazi holocaust and labeling all gay people as child molesters.
Rev Patricia Ackerman of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office said:
Only a public outcry will be able to stop The Call from exporting more hate from the United States to Uganda in the name of religion.
Hat tip: Alan