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Evangelical Pastor Who Spread Anti-Gay Hate in Uganda Reacts to Murder of LGBT Activist: 'I'm the One Getting Bludgeoned...'

This morning i posted about LGBT activist David Kato, who was beaten to death in his home yesterday. 

Back in October, the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone published a list of '100 Top Homos' with the directions to "hang them" written on the cover. Kato's face appeared on the cover, and inside, and was named by the tabloid.

Schmierer This followed months of prolonged debate over Ugandan MP David Bahati's 'kill the gays' bill, as well as visits from supportive American Evangelical pastors like Scott Lively, who traveled to Uganda to spread anti-gay hate in the name of religion, and then bragged afterward that he had delivered a "nuclear bomb against the gay agenda" there.

Now, those American evangelicals may have real blood on their hands, and what are they doing?

Claiming to be the victims, of course. The NYT:

On Thursday, Don Schmierer, one of the American evangelicals who visited in Uganda in 2009, said Mr. Kato’s death was “horrible.”

“Naturally, I don’t want anyone killed but I don’t feel I had anything to do with that,” said Mr. Schmierer, who added that in Uganda he had focused on parenting skills. He also said that he had received threats and more than 600 hate mails related to his visit.

“I spoke to help people,” he said, “and I’m getting bludgeoned from one end to the other.”

Ugandan Gay Rights Activist is Beaten to Death [nyt]

UPDATE: Here's more on Scott Lively from Joe...

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  1. The Palin is strong in that one.

    Posted by: Gus | Jan 27, 2011 2:28:18 PM

  2. Poor thing. It must be difficult to be unappreciated in one's own lifetime.

    Just goes to show that the pressure is working. Eventually the meager thrill these bigots experience from their homohatred field trips will be eclipsed by the irritation and stress of society's response to it.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jan 27, 2011 2:29:51 PM

  3. Pardon me. I have to puke.

    Posted by: bobbob | Jan 27, 2011 2:30:06 PM

  4. Christianity takes another hit. This type of PR is about as helpful for Christian churches (and evangelism) as pedophilia scandals are for the Roman Catholic church. He incited hatred that lead to murder and now claims to be a victim. Lovely.

    Posted by: Sane Soul | Jan 27, 2011 2:34:27 PM

  5. Typical Christian pattern: play the victim. They have been doing it for the last 2000 years, and it's getting real old.

    Posted by: milo | Jan 27, 2011 2:34:52 PM

  6. if only.

    Posted by: Madame DeFarge | Jan 27, 2011 2:36:13 PM

  7. This guy needs to get hanged.

    Posted by: anonymous | Jan 27, 2011 2:40:19 PM

  8. What, when you launch a bomb, any bomb, you expect nothing but praise?


    Posted by: latebrosus | Jan 27, 2011 2:42:33 PM

  9. He has no shame.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 27, 2011 2:44:03 PM

  10. Mr Schmierer, your actions and your words have consequences. Yes, it is true you did not actually kill David Kato, but your words helped foment the intolerance that led to his murder. Just as Sarah Palin did not actually attempt to murder Congresswoman Giffords, Palin's words helped foment the intolerance that led to the Tucson shootings. You are a stellar example of something I've long believed: Some of the worst actions against the Christian message (as Christ preached it, not as it is practiced in America today) are done by so-called Christians. Somewhere, Christ weeps over what his followers do in his name.

    Posted by: Hawthorne | Jan 27, 2011 2:46:22 PM

  11. Newsflash to Don, what you did in Uganda doesn't qualify as "helping."

    Posted by: Mana | Jan 27, 2011 2:48:05 PM

  12. "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ."
    -- M. Gandhi.

    Posted by: Richard | Jan 27, 2011 2:55:07 PM

  13. He's a rabble-rousing POS. He can't claim to be innocent since his rhetoric inspired this.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | Jan 27, 2011 2:56:49 PM

  14. Christian evangelicals really do possess an astoundingly endless supply of victimhood, don't they? Faced with real victims, they can always find a way to make themselves out to be victims too. Impressive!

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Jan 27, 2011 2:58:15 PM

  15. Bludgeoning would be nothing compared to what I think he deserves.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jan 27, 2011 3:00:08 PM

  16. You can let Don Schmierer know how you feel about this at:

    Posted by: patrick | Jan 27, 2011 3:00:55 PM

  17. He is laughing in our face.

    Posted by: Eric | Jan 27, 2011 3:01:09 PM

  18. "He's the one getting bludgeoned"

    What a disgusting vile excuse for a human being. "God" must be proud of this "pastor".

    Posted by: Coco | Jan 27, 2011 3:03:06 PM

  19. Anybody have contact info for this guy, Schmierer? (E-mail address?) I think an e-mail campaign is in order.

    Posted by: TLC | Jan 27, 2011 3:14:20 PM

  20. No one does martyrdom like a christian. He thinks he is the one be bludgeoned to death. I can only hope he soon will be.

    Posted by: Bob R | Jan 27, 2011 3:19:04 PM

  21. The Catholic Church and The Nazi Party Members in Germany are still denying they had anything to do with the murder of the Jewish People during the Holocaust.

    Humans are delusional simple creatures.
    Never ever going to change that.
    So his disgusting behavior does not surprise me. Those who hate, usually deep down already hate themselves. Accepting responsibility for many would just be more self-hate and their fragile minds can not allow that.

    Sad. Pathetic. Human.

    Posted by: willie t boned | Jan 27, 2011 3:22:18 PM

  22. "Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me." Matthew 25:40

    Posted by: Leto | Jan 27, 2011 3:49:24 PM

  23. We ran these "The Family" types out of Vegas. Every church, business or govt. agency that any connection with them was targeted until they cut ties with this bunch. They are encouraging murder, pure and simple.

    I suggest that everyone read Jeff Sharletts two books about the "C Street House" to learn who the people are backing these killers. Then take charge of the situation and hound them until they cut ties. Most parishioners donate never imagining that the church leaders are giving it to murderers.


    Posted by: DerekWashington | Jan 27, 2011 4:01:37 PM

  24. @Richard - While I mostly agree with the sentiment, the M. Gandhi quote you posted is bogus, widely disputed at best. There is no authoritative source for Mahatma Ghandi saying this. He liked/loved everyone.

    Posted by: Ian | Jan 27, 2011 4:05:55 PM

  25. There is a nice place in hell for these so called Chritian bigots.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jan 27, 2011 5:03:39 PM

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