A LEADING player in a US-rooted campaign to stoke up hatred against homosexuals in Uganda is denying that that his visit to that country in 2009, along with other US evangelicals, had anything to do with the brutal killing this week of human rights champion David Kato.
Pastor Scott Lively, author of two ghastly pieces of anti-gay propaganda – The Pink Swastika and The Poisoned Stream (both available via brutal wife-beater Stephen “Birdshit”Green‘s Christian Voice website) – said in a statement published on theÂ Defend the Family site:
For liberals â€¦ to claim that responsible criticism of homosexuality, such as my 2009 seminars in Kampala, constitutes incitement to violence is unfair and opportunistic. It is not wrong to speak against homosexuality any more than it is wrong to speak against other behavioral disorders such as alcoholism and bulemia, or other sexual sins such as adultery and polygamy. Anyone who were to take such criticism as permission to hurt another person is simply crazy and you can’t silence all legitimate criticism of a social problem because some crazy person might misconstue (sic) it.
And Lively claims that there is no evidence that Kato’s murder was a hate crime.
My first comment on this matter was to caution the media not to rush to judge this as a hate crime since at that time no one had been arrested for the crime so the motive was purely a matter of conjecture. CNN was reporting that money and clothing had been stolen from his house, which suggested a run-of-the-mill criminal intent. I also suggested the possibility that he was killed by a “gay” lover, as was the case with another homosexual activist two weeks ago in New York.
Meanwhile, it is reported here that Don Schmierer, one of the evangelicals who accompanied Lively to Uganda, called the incident “horrible”.
Naturally, I don’t want anyone killed, but I don’t feel I had anything to do with that.
Lively, who relocated to Massachusetts in 2008 and opened up a Christian coffee shop in Springfield, has come under fire lately, and not just because of his anti-gay views â€” which, Lively told the Globe, he is trying to downplay. News surfaced earlier this month that Lively employed a convicted sex offender at his Springfield coffee shop. This was after town officials slammed Lively’s shop for providing a safe haven for students who were skipping school during the day.
Further hatred was directed on yesterday against Ugandan gays by the presiding pastor at David Kato’s funeral.
Towards the end of an emotional ceremony to mourn Kato, who was bludgeoned to death on Wednesday, Anglican pastor Thomas Musoke launched into a homophobic tirade, shocking the dozens of gay men and women as well as foreign diplomats in attendance. Said Musoke:
The world has gone crazy. People are turning away from the scriptures. They should turn back, they should abandon what they are doing. You cannot start admiring a fellow man.
Witnesses said that Kato’s former colleagues at Sexual Minorities Uganda, where he worked as an advocacy officer, quickly shouted Musoke down. One woman screamed:
We have not come to fight. You are not the judge of us. As long as he’s gone to God his creator, who are we to judge Kato?
The microphone was grabbed from Musoke, and a scuffle ensued. Police were forced to intervene, escorting the pastor away from the funeral.
The incident highlighted the deep, religiously-stoked homophobia that exists in Uganda, and which Kato’s friends believe may have caused his death. He was one of few openly homosexual men in the country, and was a regarded as the “grandfather” of the gay community due to his long struggle for equal rights. His death came just three weeks after he won a court victory against a newspaper that had called for him to be hanged.