After hiring a former Fox News executive to overhaul communications, the Vatican and Pope Benedict has given support to the Ugandan bill that outlines homosexuality as a crime, and under certain circumstances, can result in capital punishment for those who have been charged with homosexuality or aiding and abetting homosexuals.
The God Discussion has reported frequently on the situation in Uganda, which has become a target for Christian fundamentalists who have been unable to convince the leaders of their own respective governments to enact anti-gay legislation.
On 14 December 2012, Ugandan Speaker Kadaga led a delegation to the Vatican for the purpose of attending the World Parliamentary Congress on Human Rights. During this visit, Kadaga met with Pope Benedict, at which meeting she received his blessing.
Uganda's 'New Vision' reports that after Kadega met with the pope, she stated,
“I think this is a moment that cannot be repeated. We have been reading about him, hearing stories about St.Peter’s Basilica but now we are here physically. I think it is something that I will remember all my life. It’s a very great moment and I thank God for this opportunity.”
The groups that have been most active in Uganda include the National Organization for Marriage, and California mega church pastor, Rick Warren. Frequent visits to Uganda have been on the agenda of the religious right for years, and their activities include spreading anti-gay sentiment, increasing homophobia and peppering the country with propaganda that includes pedophilia by homosexual, the destruction of heterosexual marriage and families in general, and the wholesale spread of the AIDS virus.
This has resulted in members of the LGBT community suffering daily attacks, which include beatings, torture, rape and murder. If the Ugandan government passes their legislation, these attacks may be viewed as state-supported.
The Catholic Church has long been a detractor of the LGBT community, and has put forth statements that any form of birth control – including the use of condoms and birth control pills – to be more detrimental than HIV or the state execution of homosexuals.