Protesting anti-gay legislation outside the Ugandan High Commission in London. Photo posted on Flickr by "RuSSellhiGGs".
The Ugandan parliament is currently discussing legislation about how best to "fight homosexuality". The bill in question will see all homosexuals jailed, along with those who refuse to out them. According to one Ugandan pastor, the project was strongly influenced by religious extremists from the US.
The anti-gay bill emerged in April 2009, a month after Ugandan pastor Stephen Langa invited police officers, ministers, teachers and members of the public to a seminar on the subject. Langa explained that the gay movement had been created by the Nazis and then moved to the US after World War II. He also spoke of a "gay demonstration" - which was actually a satire mocking the idea that the gay movement was planning to "destroy the family" and "sodomise your children".
Filmed by Rev Kapya Kaoma (see his comment below). More footage of the seminar here.
“The first draft of the bill included full paragraphs of US pastor Scott Lively’s work”
Rev Kapya Kaoma is an Anglican pastor from Zambia. He wrote a report about homophobia in Africa for The Public Eye research publication.
The proposed legislation has been amended. They've deleted the part which states that all gay HIV carriers shall be sentenced to death, and gay people in general given life imprisonment. But homosexuals are still punishable for [up to seven years in] prison and forced ‘therapy'.
Other countries in Africa have anti-homosexuality laws. This one is unique however because it also concerns the outing of homosexuals. If you're the doctor, pastor or even the parent of a gay person, you risk a prison sentence for not handing them over to the authorities. Also, this law would see the amplified punishment of HIV carriers. No other African state has gone that far.
The person behind this project is pastor Stephen Langa, director of the Ugandan anti-gay activist group, Family Life. It all started with the seminar that he held (which I filmed [video above]). Langa used the argument of an American pastor, Scott Lively which is outlined in his book, "The Pink Swastika". Lively gave a speech at the seminar [listen here] and Langa simply repeated it word for word in helping to compile the bill. As a result - the first draft included full paragraphs of Scott Lively's work.
I believe that American Evangelist Christians are partly to blame for the policies in place in Africa concerning homosexuals and HIV carriers. Those at the height of religious extremes, who are losing their influence in the US, have found in Africa a new place to preach. They come here in their dozens armed with highly dangerous intentions. They lie to Africans. Even obscure American clerics from the smallest of churches in the US, who have no credibility over there, have access to African government members here.
This is even more so the case with famous pastors like Rick Warren [founder of the Saddleback church and a best-selling author, Warren did in fact choose not to support the Ugandan law - see video below]. Warren exerts influence in advising Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, and has supported Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa, an ardent defender of the anti-gay bill. Warren also has sway in Nigeria and Rwanda. For me, it's no coincidence that these three countries have very repressive laws against homosexuals."
Rick Warren denies support for Ugandan bill