Christianity Killing Gays Again, This Time in Uganda

by Jason Stotts

As the result of the effort of christian evangelicals spreading their anti-gay nonsense, Uganda is becoming an even less hospitable place for gays.  Last week, gays rights activist David Kato was killed in order to silence his message that homosexuality is not an abomination.

On Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Kato was beaten to death with a hammer in his rough-and-tumble neighborhood. Police officials were quick to chalk up the motive to robbery, but members of the small and increasingly besieged gay community in Uganda suspect otherwise.

As the most outspoken gay rights advocate in Uganda, a country where homophobia is so severe that Parliament is considering a bill to execute gay people, Mr. Kato had received a stream of death threats, his friends said. A few months ago, a Ugandan newspaper ran an antigay diatribe with Mr. Kato’s picture on the front page under a banner urging, “Hang Them.”

“David’s death is a result of the hatred planted in Uganda by U.S. evangelicals in 2009,” Val Kalende, the chairwoman of one of Uganda’s gay rights groups, said in a statement. “The Ugandan government and the so-called U.S. evangelicals must take responsibility for David’s blood.” (link)

For those who don’t think that faith is evil, that it can justify an atrocity as good because of the will of an imaginary being, here again is another instance of christianity killing again.  Indeed, examples of any faith causes massive numbers of deaths is extremely easy to find.  Faith is particularly dangerous among the uneducated and stupid, far too many of whom reside in our country, but who form a much greater percentage of people in third world countries.

This reminds me of the witch killings in 2009 all across Africa (see “The Christians Are Burning Witches (Again).”

I look forward to a day when the irrationality of faith has been abolished so that people can be free to live their lives without fear that they will be struck down because they offended someone’s imaginary friend.

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