Who Was David Kato and Why Should We Care?

David Kato got up on the net briefly following his murder in 2011. He knew that he walked with a target on his back every day he lived as a gay-rights advocate in war-scarred Uganda.

This may seem far-removed from American politics, but there’s more than Ugandan trauma and prejudice at play here. American Evangelical ministers and politicians see a fertile mission field for converts and allies. Ugandan politicians, on their part, see a chance to make connections with Americans who wield power in Congress.

And who loses? Just some Ugandan citizens and organizers who have less power than Jews in pre-war Germany. This comparison is not made lightly. Proposed laws would spark an internal war on gay Ugandans, their associates, and anyone who could be labelled as gay- whatever their orientation and lifestyle.

And this is not hypothetical. Uganda has not recovered from recent civil wars. This is a match to gasoline. The name of Idi Amin is familiar to some Americans, there are other disastrous regimes that afflicted Uganda.

To see more about David Kato and the American snake-oil preachers who set him up for the hit, see here.

If you’re wondering why a Kenyan witch-hunter blessed Sarah Palin in her Alaska church, there’s an answer. It’s a small world now.

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7 responses

  1. Religion is as usual the basis for getting people to hate, as they once justified slavery and the divine right of kings. But at least in the “west” they are losing ground, in Africa, apparently not. Just heard about a slaughter of Christians in Nigeria by Islamic militants who in northern Mali threaten amputation for those listening to western music. I think I’ll stay home!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Barry. What Americans should be concerned about is some of the more extreme and bigoted preachers, like Scott Lively, who stir up hate here, and export their prejudice to Uganda where deals are being made between American and Ugandan politicians with gay Ugandans as a scapegoat.

  2. Barry-atrocities against Christians don’t coincide with the agenda on this blog,hence are not viewed as such.

    1. you need to be more specific. innuendos don’t do it.

  3. It’s not inuendo-I’ve read this blog long enough to note your selective outrage.You still are going on about the Salem witch trials-that’s from the 17th Century.You have pet victims-nonwhites,gays,”immigrants”(let me know when you intend using that word correctly).”womyn”-have I made my point?The hatemongering of a Louis Farrakhan is something you delicately step around the edges of whenever it’s mentioned here.Of course some “womyn”like Sarah Palin seem to deserve any dirt thrown at them from what I’ve seen here.It’s not like I just started following what is published here.

    1. Okay, I still don’t see any examples of atrocities against Christians that were supported by the Obama administration– if that’s what you meant. There are awful atrocities against Christians in Nigeria, Pakistan and elsewhere, but I don’t see American politicians traveling to those places and excusing the violence or encouraging the death penalty for blasphemy. I don’t see clergy traveling around the US saying that anti-blasphemy laws are good and we should have them here.

  4. I never mentioned the Obama administration at all,so I don’t know where you got that.I have noticed,and I’m hardly paranoid on the subject-that there is a serious resurgence of anti-semitism and it can’t all be related to some sympathy for a Palestinian state-that wouldn’t explain the widespread return of it in places like Hungary,Poland,etc where there aren’t even many Jews left.And there is a distinct anti-semitic element in the Black community in the US.These truths are routinely ignored here.You may detest my opinion on various issues,but I’m not stupid and while you are certainly entitled to emphasize what you want or vice-versa,let’s not pretend you’re even handed on the subject of discrimination or hate mongering.I am no doubt guilty of my own lopsided view of things also.

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