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Ugandan ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill Reaches Back into US Politics

Ugandan ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill Reaches Back into US Politics

 

The ‘martyrdom’ faction of Christianity in the US — Oklahoman Sally Kern who thinks the gays are out to kill her or Rick Perry’s wife who thinks he’s been unfairly attacked just because he’s Christian — got a boost on October 15 when in the dead of night, a couple of bricks were thrown through a church window.

The church is the Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights, IL. It hosted that night a banquet and award ceremony for Scott Lively, organised by Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH).

Both AFTAH and Lively’s Abiding Truth Ministries are designated as ‘hate groups’ by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Lively was a principal proponent of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ Anti-Homosexuality bill and describes killing gays as “the lesser of two evils.”

The bricks were accompanied by a message on Chicago’s Indymedia website which said they were thrown:

“To show that there is a consequence for hatred and homophobia in our community and to directly cause this event to be shut down. If this event is not shut down, and the homophobic day trainings do not end, the Christian liberty academy will continue to be under constant attack.”

The links between a 2009 conference organized by Lively in Uganda, “Exposing the Truth About Homosexuality and the Homosexual Agenda”, and the ‘Kill gays’ bill have been well documented by Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin and Warren Throckmorton.

Chicago-based Gay Liberation is organizing a protest at the award ceremony.

Throckmorton notes that a World Net Daily report of the brick throwing was accompanied by comments suggested that gays should be confined and picked off by snipers.

Lively has said he doesn’t support the death penalty, but instead he has advised the Ugandan government to set up national gay rehab programs.

He told WND this as well:

My advice to the MPs regarding the law they were contemplating but had not yet drafted was to focus on rehabilitation and not punishment. I urged them to become the first government in the world to develop a state-sponsored recovery system for homosexuality on the model we have in the United States for alcoholism.

However, the far Christian right may be suffering some frustration, given, as Michelle Goldberg explains at the Daily Beast, that they are facing the End of the Ex-gay Movement.

A 21 year veteran of the primary ex-gay group Exodus International, with 11 years on the board of directors, John Smid just wrote that:

I also want to reiterate here that the transformation for the vast majority of homosexuals will not include a change of sexual orientation. Actually I’ve never met a man who experienced a change from homosexual to heterosexual.

Says Throckmorton: “[Smid] has credibility to make that statement seem shocking.”

Smid’s group, Love in Action (LIA), is one of the largest and oldest ex-gay ministries in existence, founded in 1973, the same year the American Psychiatric Association decided that homosexuality was no longer a mental illness.

Smid’s disclosures may not bring the end of the ex-gay movement, but it is one of many indicators of decline. Unquestionably one of the biggest hits was the revelation that former NARTH board member George Rekers had taken a European vacation with a young “rent boy” hired from a gay escort service. Then the case of Kyle Murphy revealed that Rekers scientific work on preventing homosexuality was built on significantly distorted research. More recently, Edification, a Christian journal affiliated with the American Association of Christian Counselors published research from Mark Yarhouse’s lab showing that gay and bisexual people in mixed orientation marriages change behavior but not orientation, despite being heterosexually married.

Even the study touted as hopeful by change paradigm proponents — the Jones and Yarhouse longitudical study — found a small percentage of people who claimed change. When inspected closer, the change reported could also be considered shifts within an essentially bisexual orientation since most of the participants still report same-sex attraction.

Throckmorton notes that the sole Christian groups left still promoting the ‘change paradigm’ “are those which are also heavily involved in political activities opposing gay rights.”

As one who was once associated with the ex-gay movement, I look at the trends and wonder if we are nearing the end of the ex-gay movement as we know (knew) it. If it is, I feel fine.

Republican candidates Rick Santorum and Herman Cain both defend their opposition to LGBT equality by suggesting that sexuality is all about behavior or that it’s a choice.

As Lively’s comments show, though, the ‘change paradigm’ has been strongly transferred into Africa. Only last week a Kenyan friend was telling me about how it was an annoying theme on a Kenyan FM radio show.

 

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9:46AM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

LLoyd

I guess I could have written a longer piece mentioning The Family! It's good to know people are aware of them but this is really covering another angle.

Regarding Ghana, I haven't actually seen any evidence showing connections there to The Family or any US evangelical funded operators. It appears to be pretty much domestic rather than dirctly imported like Uganda.

6:21PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

Seriously, why are so many heterosexuals so homophobic? Gay is gay, straight is straight. Sexuality is set in the womb. It's a safe bet, the more homophobic the person, the less secure they are in their own sexuality. How many are living a lie they'll defend to the death, the death of another human being? Of course, homophobes often operate under illusion that homosexuality and pedophilia are one and the same. Go check your facts before you jump on that bandwagon! Start with the Catholic church...

1:23PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

"Nations will rise and fall, but equality remains the ideal. The universal aim is to achieve respect for the entire human race, not just for the dominant few"
------------------------------------Carlos P. Romulo, Filipino diplomat, politician, soldier, journalist and author

12:02PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

What the heck is "national gay rehab programs"? Guess they haven't heard that that homosexuality isn't a mental illness or a choice. Shall we just say that they are ignorant and should keep their mouths shut when discussing something they know nothing about? There is no need to open you mouth to prove that you are clueless.

11:50AM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

Apparently hate is the only American export people in other countries still want to buy.

10:46AM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

Those type of Christians also tend to believe in creationism; they disregard science as something to be limited to technology that they can use and that any science which goes against their Flat Earth, Creationism/anti-evolution, Gays make a choice to be gay, cult thinking is pure and simple, an archaic, backwards way to think.

I have come to expect that kind of stupidity from these kind of cultists. They are just loser hatemongers hiding behind the "cloak" of an un-evolvable, orthodoxic misinterpretation of a historically proven, hateful and intolerant religion.

If I sound angry at them, then it's true. In these days, when religious freedom is protected in this country, every religion should be treated equally, but that means that every religion has the obligation to behave as equals, not as superiors over others that are not of their particular group.
That is the one thing that I have a zero tolerance policy on, and my feeling is that every decent American, no matter the religion, should be the same way toward these types of supposed "Christians". And it should apply to every religious group that behaves that way.

9:22AM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

Given the headline, I, like Lloyd, was expecting to hear about "The Family." Perhaps this church has "Family" ties?

9:20AM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

I live 2 towns away from this so called Academy. It sickens me that so many people are jumping on the anti-gay band wagon. What happened to LIVE AND LET LIVE. I don't tell other people how to live their lives and I certainly don't want them telling me and mine how to live their lives. These busybodies should mind their own business.

7:39AM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

Thanks, although I must admit that I was a bit disappointed that you did not mention any of the Repug members of 'The Family' particularly in the US Senate who were if not instrumental at least influential in the Uganda 'Kill the Gays Bill'. And while I have as yet to see any proof, I would not be surprised to see members of The Family and others involved in the Ghana Gay Round Ups.

6:53AM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

Still more proof for the Prop 8 Repealers to use in court proving LGBT's face discrimination in this country.

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