Group of ‘Ex-Gay’ Ugandans Declare War on Homosexuality

Uganda

Uganda's "ex-gay" movement gained momentum this week as eight men held a press conference at the Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala, according to Ugandan website New Vision: "the youthful men described homosexuality as abnormal and anti-Christian, and declared war against it."

The government is backing them up with threats of its own.

Uganda
Said one of the men, who claims he gave up homosexuality two weeks ago: "We have been involved in recruiting homosexuals, spreading the gospel
of homosexuality, and we know the operations of homosexuals. We shall do all it takes to eliminate the practice in Uganda. Homosexuality is dangerous and dehumanising but is growing fast in Uganda."

Said another: "Many business moguls are involved."

The group's leader, a man named George Oundo, apparently held a separate press conference earlier in the week. He said: "We shall expose those who refuse to abandon the practice and we shall
not be intimidated because we are protected by Jesus. We
know their operations, including a restaurant in the city centre where
homosexuals wait for clients from nearby hotels."

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  1. says

    Said one of the men, who claims he gave up homosexuality two weeks ago: “We have been involved in recruiting homosexuals, spreading the gospel of homosexuality, and we know the operations of homosexuals. We shall do all it takes to eliminate the practice in Uganda. Homosexuality is dangerous and dehumanising but is growing fast in Uganda.”

    Sounds like he’s reading from a tele-prompter. I’m guessing he or his family are under some threat of retribution if he didn’t make this statement.

    Ahh, the church as governmment!

    And running right next to a Gay Singles ad. Perfect!

  2. says

    “is the whole of africa lost?”

    Unless we’re talking about South Africa (which has strong constitutional protections for GLBT people), I’m afraid it might be. I don’t know if it’s the influence of religion, the absence of adequate public education, the crushing poverty, the horrific political corruption, or the combination of these. It’s very much a global tragedy on so many levels.

  3. Marco says

    I am also giving up homosexuality, like this new ex-gay gentlemen. I plan on stopping being gay after the next 15 – 20 new dicks. Then, it’s over.

  4. alex in boston says

    Between the Islamists, the christian churches and the governments of various nations which are experiencing economic and political problems (i.e. Zimbabwe) GLBTT citizens are being scapegoated and threatened as in the “Rape” of Lesbians! But then what do you expect from a people who believe that Raping a virgin will cure them of AIDS!! Africa is lost to the world as evangelicals (both christian and Muslim) infuse their bigotry there….

  5. David in Houston says

    It must be difficult setting up all those recruiting offices. They have to print up all the membership cards and import truck loads of toasters to give out. Where does one find the time and money?

  6. Chicage Jeff says

    I would never travel there or spend 1 cent going to that piece of shit country.

    I feel sorry for the poor gay souls there. They must know what Jews in 1930’s Germany must have felt like.

  7. nic says

    MILKMAN,

    it’s a horrific admixture. too bad we, the richest country on earth, are so embroiled in our own crap that we can’t lend a hand. if we are arming the drug lords in mexico to the teeth and buying the cocaine that always comes through, we are enablers at best. one of these days truth will out. if we can’t control the danger at our own borders we can never hope to exert influence beyond them.

    first off, we need to roll up our sleeves and clean up the flotsam and jetsam of bush/cheney. this is why obama will have my favor. at least the guy is trying.

  8. Bill Perdue says

    This is a setup for violence.

    Endorsed, led and bankrolled by Obama pal Rick Warren the christer bigots in Uganda are doing the prep work for violence and murder.

    Uganda already has the examples of a long period of harsh English colonial rule and then became a murder factory under the dictatorship of Idi Amin.

    I hope ILGA and IGLHRC monitor developments there closely.

  9. mike says

    Yes, Africa is lost. You can blame American evangelicals and the Vatican who see in Africa a continent full of poverty, despair, and superstition–which means it is ripe for religio-political exploitation. Evangelical christianity intends to colonize Africa all over again. The Vatican intends to reinforce its pathological hatred against gays and women and use Africa’s misogynistic cultures to fan the flames of homophobia. It’s a dangerous game the Pope is playing and he’s willing to do just that. We can expect in the near future many news stories out of Africa about murders committed against gays or lesbians. We can also expect that no justice will be done. If you want an example of what is store for gays and lesbians in Africa, look no further than Jamaica.

  10. Lexxvs says

    The same old story. Bisexual guys forced by hunger to prostitution or whatever, later find religious pseudo redemption, then turn anti gays claiming they know what is about. They know shit, speak shit, behave like shit and end up like shit. And there’s an ample herd very willing to believe them.
    I pity the real gays in that country. And I also despise those who exploit hunger for sex, whatever the orientation.

  11. Mr Scruff says

    If you check the home page of the paper, there is yet another interesting article.

    “The Uganda Family Life Network, an organization that fights the spread of homosexuality in Uganda is to petition parliament against the increasing cases of the practice in schools.

    The executive director, Stephen Langa wants a commission of inquiry to establish to what extent school children have been affected.

    The move follows a revelation by a man who told parents over the weekend that he used to recruit children in schools into homosexuality.

    Langa wants Government to enact stringent laws against the practice. ”

    http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/10/10/675873

    How exactly do you recruit? Ive been gay all my life, but I think I was recruited again just last night.

  12. anon says

    How down-low can you go??

    Glad to see our foreign aid budget so well spent. Let’s see Bono go down there and argue that they shouldn’t be doing this! Ha!

  13. bobbyjoe says

    It’s also a blackmail thing. Notice the prominent mention of “business moguls.” If you simultaneously: A) increase legalized violence against gays and B) threaten to brand anyone who’s in political disagreement with you as “gay,” you have a helpful combination of 1) scapegoating (so nobody’s paying attention to what you’re doing) and 2) shutting up any potential opposition, so you can continue doing whatever it is you want the scapegoating to cover. You can also make cash from the blackmail angle. Isn’t that just swell?

  14. nic says

    BOBBYJOE,

    i like the way you think, i just don’t like the way you say it. can you delete the ABCs and the 123s. and, yes, i do have the soul of a hall monitor. but, i know when certain comments are appropriate.

  15. Jared says

    WTF is it with primitive backward ass countries and homophobia? Welcome to the 21st century Uganda, and BTW aren’t there more pressing issues in Uganda? AIDS, lawlessness, or maybe just starvation?

  16. johnny says

    Wow, here we go again. If you’re white, you can’t comment on anything that’s black-oriented (regardless of what you say) or it’s racist.

    And if we say something that’s not glowing about the gay community, we must be homophobic too. It’s getting so we can’t be honest about anything in the comments area or we’ll be labeled something.

    Where do you guys buy bulk supplies for your label makers?

  17. says

    Conflating homosexuality and HIV in Uganda (or anywhere else for that matter) does not make sense but confirm that it is much easier to find a scapegoat than to face the truth.

    The denunciation of homosexuality as foreign to “African values” also reveals of a long tradition of denial and cultural relativism, not specific to Africa, which has obstructed and still obstruct the prevention efforts by stigmatising further people who are amongst those most vulnerable if not most affected yet and ignores the real cause of the epidemic.

    That such beliefs are supported by the head of the Uganda AIDS commission 25 years after the start of the epidemic is extremely worrying.

    Evangelical and Pentecostal churches, in conjunction with pontifical nonsense are doing a great witch-hunting job, diverting resources and destroying successful HIV prevention. Such irresponsible and dangerous views are wiping out years, past and future, of HIV prevention.

    Crime against humanity should apply to those who spread such nonsense.

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