US preachers lit homophobia fuse

American evangelists were responsible for fostering a turning point in Uganda's attitudes towards LGBTI people.

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Ugandan gay rights ­activist Dennis Wamala (28) can pinpoint when “the war went from ­rhetoric to action”.

It was in early March 2009. Ugandan Pentecostal pastors such as Martin Ssempa and Solomon Moses Male had begun to make a noise a few years earlier about gays allegedly recruiting children at schools with Western help, according to Wamala.

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Later, three American evangelical Christians jetted into Kampala to be keynote speakers at the Seminar on Exploring the International Homosexual Agenda.

They were Scott Lively, the co-founder of the international anti-gay extremist group Watchmen on the Walls, and the co-author of The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party; Don Schmierer, who has worked with “homosexual recovery groups” and has penned five books relating to “ex-gay therapy”; and Caleb Lee Brundidge, an “ex-gay” who is said to lead groups to mortuaries in an attempt to raise the dead and who has experience working as a “sexual reorientation coach”.


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