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STOP THE CALL TO VIOLENCE IN UGANDA!
SUNDAY, MAY 2ND, 2010 KAMPALA, UGANDA
TELL LOU ENGLE OF KANSAS CITY:
NO MORE EXPORTING HOMOPHOBIA
AND SPIRITUAL VIOLENCE TO UGANDA!
Another preacher from the United States is headed for Uganda to export homophobia through his ministry. Lou Engle of Kansas City, Missouri plans to fill a stadium in Kampala on May 2 to rally Ugandans against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. He calls it ministry - but rather than compassion and love, we feel this event preaches a message of intolerance and spiritual violence. We must do all in our power to stop the spread of hatred, physical and violence and discrimination in the guise of religion.. This so-called ministry is unrecognizable to all good people of faith who believe in love, compassion and acceptance.
You might remember Lou Engle and "TheCall" from the stadium event in San Diego, California just before Proposition 8 came to a vote. At the event, Engle convened masses of people to pray that marriage be taken from same-sex couples. Engle has preached fear, martyrdom and God's blood vengeance to his followers. He called San Francisco a dominion of darkness with "gay demons."
Now, Engle plans to bring "TheCall" to Uganda, where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are already fleeing from house to house to escape escalating persecution and violence triggered by the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill. In this environment, The Call is not just controversial it could be deadly.
The web site for TheCall Uganda stadium rally, in Kampala on May 2, exhorts people to fast and pray for 21 days before coming the mass rally in Kampala. Their goals are to fight against:
•Witchcraft and human sacrifice;
•Homosexuality and increased immorality;
•Disasters and the resultant suffering of the people; and
•The decay of morals and infrastructure of our city Kampala.
TheCall rally comes at a time when the bill called genocidal by a prominent Ugandan priest is still pending in Ugandas Parliament. The bill was proposed after a conference in Uganda where three US evangelists preached against gay people. World leaders were appalled by the bill. It was condemned by President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the United States Senate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay.
We must do all in our power to send a counter message of hope and the need to respect the dignity of every human being, We must raise up our voices and answer the call to action to stop this blantant spread of homophobia by U.S. evangelists once and for all. We implore Lou Engle to stay out of Uganda when peoples lives are at stake.
(Scott Lively footage courtesy of Box Turtle Bulletin and Ex-Gay Watch.)
(Music by Kevin MacLeod)