Careful what you preach…
3 January, 2010
…unless, of course, you’d be secretly happy with the outcome.
Last March, three American evangelical Christians, whose teachings about â€œcuringâ€ homosexuals have been widely discredited in the United States, arrived here in Ugandaâ€™s capital to give a series of talks.
The theme of the event, according to Stephen Langa, its Ugandan organizer, was â€œthe gay agenda â€” that whole hidden and dark agendaâ€ â€” and the threat homosexuals posed to Bible-based values and the traditional African family.
For three days, according to participants and audio recordings, thousands of Ugandans, including police officers, teachers and national politicians, listened raptly to the Americans, who were presented as experts on homosexuality. The visitors discussed how to make gay people straight, how gay men often sodomized teenage boys and how â€œthe gay movement is an evil institutionâ€ whose goal is â€œto defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity.â€
Now the three Americans are finding themselves on the defensive, saying they had no intention of helping stoke the kind of anger that could lead to what came next: a bill to impose a death sentence for homosexual behavior.