We’ve written extensively about Uganda’s rampant homophobia, and legislation that anti-gay bigots in the parliament, with the support of American evangelicals, have been trying to pass that would make being gay a crime punishable by death.
This video documentary, via the New York Times, called “Gospel of Intolerance,” documents the role that America’s religious right bigots are playing in Uganda, and Africa overall, to fund homophobia on the continent. It’s written and produced by Roger Ross Williams, who has an essay in the Times about the video as well.
I think what’s most amazing to me is the contrast between all the images of white American evangelicals and the black Africans in whose ears, quite literally, they’re whispering in order to inspire the same hate abroad that they do here at home. I raise the issue of race because many African bigots raise the issue themselves. They claim that homosexuality does not inherently exist in Africa, white people imported it from the West.
Even the President of Uganda has said it:
“Before we came in touch with the Europeans, we had some few homosexuals…. Africans are by nature discreet people… We never exhibit our sexual acts in public. I have for instance never kissed my wife in public… The problem is exhibitionism… The second problem is trying to lure young children into homosexuality.”
Of course, the irony is that the import is actually the hatred, and who’s it coming from? White bigots in America. So the very Africans who are most afraid that white men in the West are poisoning their country with homosexuality are in fact doing the bidding of white men in the west who are poisoning their country with hate.
Watch the documentary, it’s only 8 minutes long, and riveting, in addition to infuriating. But take a look first at the faces of some of the evangelical ringleaders in America who are involved in Africa. It’s a heck of a lot of white people pulling the strings of people who supposedly have a problem with white people pulling their strings.
Lesson learned: The anti-gay bigot leaders in Uganda are all a bunch of phonies, who are doing the bidding of their wealthy overlords in the states.
And here are the anti-gay Ugandan leaders, who are being controlled like puppets by their wealthy American donors: