Gay people in Uganda are fearing for their lives. A Uganda newspaper published dozens of photos of alleged homosexuals with a "call to action" to "Hang Them: They Are After Our Kids."
Not only are photos provided in Rolling Stone (not the American magazine), but home addresses are provided for easy targeting.
The editor says he is "exposing the evils in society." Already, gay rights groups say several people on the list have been attacked and others have lost their jobs.
Several months ago, there was a worldwide outcry over Uganda's "kill the gays" bill that resulted in the legislation being shelved. Nonetheless, extremist views remain.
The media council in Uganda has suspended the paper, not for its lynch list, but only because it wasn't registered. The editor says that as soon as the paper is relaunched, he will continue his campaign against gays.
American Evangelicals Who Have Promoted Hate and "Transformation" in Uganda.
While Christianity has not been the sole reason for the violent homophobic attitudes in Uganda, there are American evangelicals who have helped to ignite the hate and desire to kill. PublicEye.org has an excellent overview of the American evangelicals who have ignited homophobia in Africa, such as the extremist Scott Lively, to the popular Rick Warren. Public Eye reports,
Amid the utter hysteria, any sense that homosexuality has been in Africa from time immemorial was lost. While hardly embraced, and indeed illegal in many countries, at least LGBT people were not hounded by churches and police alike – until American culture warriors came to Africa.
As Public Eye notes, Scott Lively of "Abiding Truth Ministries" has helped to promote the lie that gays and lesbians are out to recruit and harm children:
The unsuspecting audience heard Lively promote his book, The Pink Swastika, and his argument that not only are gays seeking to take over the world, but they also threaten society by causing higher rates of divorce, child abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Legalizing homosexuality is on par with accepting "molestation of children or having sex with animals," he said. As Lively puts it, LGBT issues cannot be considered human rights issues. "The people coming to Africa now and advancing the idea that human rights serves the homosexual interests are absolutely wrong," he said. "Many of them are outright liars and they are manipulating history; they are manipulating facts in order to push their political agenda." Lively even tarred abortion rights as "a product of the gay philosophy" meant to promote sexual promiscuity in order to "destroy the family." In sum, he warned, U.S. homosexuals are out to recruit young people into homosexual lifestyles so they must be stopped.
Bruce Wilson of Talk2Action has been one of the foremost reporters on what has been developing in Uganda and the "Transformation Network" of evangelical Christianity that has led to the proposed "kill the gays" legislation and other disturbing developments in creating a "Christian nation" there (see the video below). Here is Wilson's description of his Transforming Uganda mini-documentary:
Transforming Uganda is a new 20 minute documentary, by Bruce E. Wilson, that exposes immense influence that an evangelizing effort called the International Transformation Network, and the globally distributed videos of its media partner, the Sentinel Group, exert in Uganda.
The ITN is one of several global efforts, operating under the "transformation" brand, that are re-engineering along theocratic lines cities and even entire nations. For the Transformation movement, which claims homosexuals are possessed by demons and that prayer and faith healing have cured thousands of HIV and AIDS cases in the nation, Uganda is a prototype.
For over a year ITN representatives have been at work to setting up a training network spanning approximately 14,000 evangelical churches in Uganda, and ITN's head Africa representative states, as shown in the video, that the Transformation Network Uganda is "basically an ITN chapter." The International Transformation Network has active efforts underway across Africa but also in the United States, in Newark, New Jersey, Hawaii, Jacksonville, Florida, and elsewhere.
ITN representatives have enjoyed official state dinners hosted by Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni and his wife Janet Museveni, and video propagandists for the movement have enjoyed direct personal access to the Musevenis since the late 1990's.
Even more striking are Janet Museveni's extremely close ties to the International Transformation Network. Museveni attended her first ITN conference, in Kampala, in 2004. In 2006, Museveni and her daughter Patience traveled to ITN's yearly world conference, held in Argentina that year.
Unable to attend in 2008, Janet Museveni sent the head of Uganda's tax authority to speak on her behalf at the ITN's 18th world conference. Janet Museveni is personally supervising the Transformation process, which emphasizes the need to fuse church and business sectors, in one of Uganda's poorest districts. Museveni's daughter Patience runs a church whose members are being trained by ITN to transform Kampala. One of the attendees has been David Bahati, who drafted Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
Both Bahati, and Benson Obua-Ogwal, the Ugandan MP's who who introduced the internationally notorious Anti-Homosexuality bill in parliament, are closely linked, as the documentary shows, to the International Transformations effort and are members of the College of Prayer Uganda – headed by a leading Transformation movement advocate, Julius Oyet.
Oyet starred in one of the globally distributed Transformations videos, by Sentinel Group founder George Otis, Jr., which have spread the Transformation movement's eliminationalist, witch and demon-haunted ideology. College of Prayer Uganda, which played a significant role organizing and inspiring legislators who have backed the Anti Homosexuality Bill, is a chapter of the International College of Prayer, whose top leaders are Americans who operate out of a church in a suburb of Atlanta. Another American in the documentary, evangelist and Transformation advocate Os Hillman, also lives in an Atlanta suburb.
Left unexplored in the documentary, to preserve clarity and minimize length, is the wider nature of the Transformation movement, which is part of the international apostolic and prophetic movement under church growth specialist C. Peter Wagner, founder of the New Apostolic Reformation. Most of the leading figures in the video are leaders in Wagner's movement, which in turn is arising within the rapidly growing neocharismatic segment of Christianity that was estimated, by 2000, to encompass 295 million Christians worldwide.
The 19th ITN world conference was held November 8-11, 2009, in Honolulu, Hawaii.