Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed into law a bill that includes life sentences for gay sex and same-sex marriage, according to a Feb. 24 report issued by the BBC.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday's signing of the bill by President Yoweri Museveni marked "a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights" and warned that Washington could cut aid to the government of the East African nation.
Despite almost universal condemnation of the new law, many US evangelicals support the draconian penalties. Indeed, influential evangelical politicians in the U.S., known as the secretive Family at C Street, have been key supporters of the anti-gay legislation in Uganda.
Despite the draconian and heinous nature of the law, many conservative Christians continue to support and justify the legislation. For example, Right Wing Watch reports Religious Right talk show host Michael Brown said yesterday on Line of Fire Radio that Americans shouldn’t oppose the new Ugandan law which makes being gay a criminal offense warranting life imprisonment.
The fact is, homophobia in Uganda is directly linked to Christianity. To their credit, some Christian missionaries have done some good work, but those same Christian missionaries planted seeds of a hatred and a bigotry that is now in full bloom.
Christian missionaries did not introduce homosexuality to Uganda, but they introduced hatred and intolerance for homosexual behavior. As CNN notes, U.S. evangelicals are behind the anti-gay hysteria currently running wild in Uganda.
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