Uganda Bishop ‘blamed U.S. Christian evangelical groups Tuesday for fomenting anti-gay hatred’

The Ugandan anti-gay bill is making a come back and a Bishop from Uganda blames the religious right for pushing homophobia in his country:

A leading Anglican bishop who fled Uganda after receiving death threats blamed U.S. Christian evangelical groups Tuesday for fomenting anti-gay hatred in his native country.

“Often these visitors do more harm than good,” Christopher Senyonjo told a conference on gay rights in Uganda sponsored by the liberal Center for American Progress.

The Ugandan government is considering legislation that would impose a life sentence in prison or the death penalty on gays and lesbians convicted of having sex and on those diagnosed with HIV.

After signs last year that the government was backing away from the bill amid threats by Western countries to withdraw aid, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni last week told the New Vision, Uganda’s leading pro-government newspaper, that he was asking the clergy and African leaders “to guard against Western culture, warning that the continent will end up eaten by homosexuality if they relax.”

And, don’t forget, the Family Research Council is lobbying against the resolution to condemn the execution of gays in Uganda. That can only mean one thing: FRC supports the death penalty for gays. I have no doubt that they’d support it in the U.S., too, if they could. Because, really, from their perspective, what other “solution” is there for homosexuality?

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