Waymon Hudson

American Evangelical Lou Engle Promotes "Kill the Gays" Bill at Sunday's Rally in Uganda

Filed By Waymon Hudson | May 03, 2010 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living, Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: anti-homosexuality bill, evangelical Christian, Kill the Gays bill, Lou Engle, Pastor John Mulinde, TheCall, TheCall Uganda, Uganda

Over 1,300 people gathered at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda on Sunday to hear American Evangelical Lou Engle preach at a rally and prayer service against "homosexuality, witchcraft, and corruption."

louengle.jpgEngle's involvement in organizing TheCall Uganda was mired in controversy from the very beginning given his long history of violent anti-gay and anti-abortion rhetoric and preaching. At past TheCall rallies, like the one in support of Proposition 8 in California, Engle called homosexuality a "spirit of lawlessness" and called for "martyrs" to become "God's Avengers of Blood" to stop the "homosexual agenda" at all cost.

Engle's newly founded chapter of TheCall Uganda comes at a time of unparalleled violence and animus towards LGBT people in the country, including the odious Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which calls for life imprisonment for gays and their supporters, as well as the death penalty in some cases.

With this backdrop of violence, Engle chose to hold a huge religious rally to further gin up anger towards gay people in Uganda. Before the rally, Engle claimed in a press release that he would not be there promoting the "Kill the Gays" Bill to try and stem some of the push-back he was getting from human rights groups for his panned rally. Not surprisingly, once he arrived in Uganda his tune was very different and very dangerous.

Engle's press statement before the event said:

TheCall had no knowledge at the time, of the Uganda homosexual bill and the controversy surrounding it...

TheCall has been wrongfully marked and vilified as an organization promoting hatred and violence against homosexuals and as one that supports the Uganda bill as currently written...

We do not see the character of Christ reflected in some key aspects of the language of the current bill.

His words and actions in Uganda on Sunday told a very different story.

The New York Time reported that Engle came out strongly in support of the Ugandan anti-gay efforts:

When he [Engle] took the stage late on Sunday afternoon, with Ugandan politicians and pastors looking on, he praised the country's "courage" and "righteousness" in promoting the bill.

"NGOs, the U.N., Unicef, they are all coming in here and promoting an agenda," Mr. Engle said, referring to nongovernmental organizations. "Today, America is losing its religious freedom. We are trying to restrain an agenda that is sweeping through the education system. Uganda has become ground zero."

Quite a different tune from Engle's previous previous press release before his trip, isn't it? His rallying support and praise for the Bill is exactly what Human Rights groups feared would happen. It seems TheCall was in no way "wrongfully marked and vilified" for it's violent, anti-gay stances.

One long-time Ugandan LGBT Rights activist, who asked that I not share his name for fear of his safety and the safety of his family, sent me this chilling first hand report of TheCall Uganda rally, which he attended:

Pastor John Mulinde of Trumpet Church, in his prayer, condemned evils in society done by both homosexuals and heterosexuals. He emphasized that homosexuality is in schools, families, and the entire community. He also pointed out that many children are being deceived with school fees from homosexuals and recruit them into the act.

03uganda_CA0-articleInline.jpgPastor Lou Engle from America noted that he didn't know by the time of his invitation to Uganda that there was a homosexuality bill. He went ahead to emphasize that it is the Western World using non-government organizations to promote homosexuality. He warned the youth in the crowd that when America allowed homosexuals freedom it was the end of their nation.

He [Engle] called upon the government of Uganda to be firm and hold on its righteous stand against the evil. He mentioned that homosexuals have penetrated the educational system and Ugandans must be aware of the evil. He also lectured about how God planned marriage only between man and woman and that marriage is for procreation.

Honorable Minister of Ethics Nsaba Buturu was worse. He spoke out against homosexuality, saying that for those who think it's a human right issue 'Uganda cannot listen to that nonsense.' He asked the audience to pray for president Museveni and his government to maintain their firms stand against evil in our society.

Pastor Mulinde then called his fellow pastor to come forward and pray for Buturo and Bahati and the government to continue with their crusade against homosexuality.

Not only did Engle fully support the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill, but he whipped up bizarre fears of evil gays lurking in schools in Uganda. He also praised the backers of a bill that seeks to kill gays and imprison those who support them. Engle happily gave a huge platform to violent, anti-gay activists with his organization's TheCall rally in Uganda.

This is the danger of exporting radical American Evangelicalism and homophobia to other countries. Lou Engle has turned an already volatile situation into an untenable one where blood will most likely be spilled in the name of his extremism...

Blood that will rest firmly on the hands of Lou Engle.

(photo by Marc Hofer, NYTimes)

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Margaretpoa Margaretpoa | May 3, 2010 1:21 PM

Emailed to Rachel Maddow. Maybe the guy will be stupid enough to go on her show in an attempt to defend himself...

It's things like this that leave me wondering why religious freedom is held in such high regard. It always seems that the more freedom is given to religions -- particularly Christianity and Islam -- the more its practitioners want to take away the freedoms of others. I think there's something irreparably broken about those two religions.

Aside from the horror that Lou is inciting against us, his war against witchcraft is being played out in villages with the horrific killings of small children suspected of occult powers.

Tiller was not the baby killer
Engle is

That's a very good thing to point out, actually. Accusations of witchcraft are commonly leveled against women and children alike throughout Africa.

Agreed. The accusation of witchcraft is used to murder women and children all over Uganda and Africa. It is horrific.

Being gay is commonly linked to demons and witchcraft by many religious leaders in Uganda (and by Lou Engle), so the two problems are closely tied together.

Gina9223 | May 3, 2010 6:52 PM

When they say 'killing small children as witches'... it really chills me.

They have old men claiming that young child witches have stolen their penises (or power, wealth). They then either ritually kill the child or emasculate them to reover thier manhood (or power, wealth).

It's barbaric. This guy is preying on these people and just feeding their delusional behavior.

Can't we put this guy on a 'no fly back home' list please?

I don't know Lou Engle but if the reporting is accurate I have serious reservations about his sanity. He appears demon possessed.

I don't think he's any more insane than Hitler. And I'm not breaking Godwin's law by saying that. Engle is a demagogue of the most dangerous sort, the kind who salivates at the thought of sending off his followers to commit heinous acts of murder, but would never admit it publicly.

Mark my words: The clear and obvious intent of this bill is to cleanse Uganda of gay people. When or if it passes, even Saudi Arabia and Iran will look like havens for us by comparison.

When that happens and people start getting killed, Lou Engle, Scott Lively, Caleb Lee Brundidge and Don Schmierer need to be arrested and put on trial for complicity in crimes against humanity.

Yes to the trial. Let it all come out.

John R. Selig | May 3, 2010 7:19 PM

There just aren't enough lions!!!

I hope the stadium collapses.

Of course he changed his tune and now supports the bill again once he got to Uganda. The American television news cameras weren't there.

You wrote "At past TheCall rallies, like the one against Proposition 8 in California." I think you mean TheCall rally was IN SUPPORT OF Prpoposition 8, no? (change also needs to be made on HuffPo version. Otherwise: great article! Thanks.

Thanks, MZW! I'm so used to writing "against Prop 8" that it slipped by me. I fixed it in both posts.

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