What does American Evangelicalism have to do with the murder of Uganda’s most prominent LGBT activist? More than you’re probably comfortable with.
A visiting neighbor found him lying on the floor. He was bleeding with serious wounds to the head where he had been struck with a hammer. The mysterious assailant had fled the scene. David Kato died on the way to the hospital.
The police quickly labeled it as a robbery - but those who knew the victim suspected otherwise. Kato was, after all, a marked man. Only a few months before, a local Ugandan tabloid called The Rolling Stone had released a list of “top homos” complete with names and addresses. Kato’s picture was on the front page, along with a banner that read “Hang Them.”
“When my brother wanted to do something then no one could stop him. He was very brave.” - John Malumba Wasswa, Kato’s brother.
Kato was a prominent LGBT activist in Uganda, a country where homophobia is reaching a fever pitch. It is a place where many believe that homosexuals are “recruiting children” and “raiding schools.” It is also where the “Kill The Gays” bill, a piece of legislation that would make homosexuality a crime punishable by death, was proposed.
Kato’s murder and the controversial “Kill the Gays” bill caused international uproar and left human rights groups scratching their heads. What caused Uganda’s descent to violent homophobia?
The chilling answer traces hatred and violence in Uganda back to the United States and the religious right. David Kato, before his death, had spoken out against American evangelicals stirring up homophobia in Africa. His allies in Sexual Minorities Uganda have also cited the role of America’s religious right as pivotal in the rise of hatred against homosexuals in Uganda. And now we can attempt to answer the question: Who Killed David Kato?
“David’s death is a result of the hatred planted in Uganda by U.S. evangelicals in 2009. The so-called U.S. evangelicals must take responsibility for David’s blood.” - Val Kalende, the chairwoman of one of Uganda’s gay rights groups.
Homosexuality has long been a taboo in Uganda. Economic devastation and internal political strife, however, had taken precedence over the issue. It wasn’t until evangelicals took an interest in the African country that homosexuality and politics began to merge. And so the scapegoating of gays began - an export of America.
For American missionaries, Uganda was ideal. As the gay rights movement in the United States picked up steam and homosexuality was becoming increasingly more acceptable, anti-gay Christians on the far right began to feel that they were losing the culture war. And so they turned to a place where there ideals might take root a little better. Missionaries began visiting Uganda and preaching to the people there.
Unfortunately, they did not preach peace and love. They chose instead to conduct a little social experiment with Uganda by preaching intensely anti-gay rhetoric.
Three of those evangelicals and their actions are chronicled below.
1. Scott Lively
Scott Lively is an American author and attorney. He co-wrote a book called The Pink Swastika in which he states that homosexuals are the true inventors of Nazism. He is the former state director of the California branch of the American Family Association. He brought these radical ideas to Africa where they stirred up hatred of gays.
“If your definition of homosexuality is being able to do whatever you want to and that you should be able to go and engage in sex with another person and because of that the disease you have is going to spread to that person and they’re going to take it home and give it to their wife, how much tolerance should we have for that?…zero tolerance.” - Lively on homosexuality
Here is a clip of Lively detailing his role in the “Pro-Family” movement in Uganda:
2. Richard Cohen
Richard Cohen is an American conversion therapist. He is a leader in the ex-gay movement and is, in fact, an “ex-gay” himself. He is also an evangelical Christian. His book, “Coming Out Straight,” has been cited as an inspiration for the “Kill the Gays” bill.
“Homosexuals are at least 12 times more likely to molest children than heterosexuals; homosexual teachers are at least 7 times more likely to molest a pupil. 40% of molestation assaults were made by those who engage in homosexuality.” - Cohen in his book “Coming Out Straight.” His book has been criticized for being based largely on assumptions.
And just how much has his book affected homophobia in Uganda? Take a look at this video in which Stephen Langa, head of the Family Life Network in Uganda and the main proponent of the “Kill the Gays” bill, references Cohen’s book:
3. Lou Engle
Lou Engle is a charismatic Christian leader in America. He is best known for founding “The Call” which hosts twelve hour prayer rallies. His ministry is also featured in the documentary “Jesus Camp.”
“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.” - Engle, speaking to a crowd of Ugandans on making homosexuality punishable by death.
Engle traveled to Uganda to praise their government’s efforts to combat homosexuality - including the “Kill the Gays” bill. Here is a clip of him speaking out to a crowd of Ugandans:
So, who killed David Kato?
Homophobia, globalized culture wars, and Americans preaching hate.
None of the missionaries listed above actually struck Kato with the hammer, but they and others who brought their twisted anti-gay ideas to Uganda are responsible for his death. And they are also responsible for the rise of hatred and violence against LGBT people in the country.
Things like this:
are the direct results of American evangelicals stirring up homophobia in Uganda.
So what does this story mean for those of us who support gay rights here in America? It means we have to be vigilant. What anti-gay evangelicals did in Uganda is what they wish they could accomplish here: a culture that believes gays are evil. While many of them have tried to distance themselves from the controversial “Kill the Gays” bill, they remain unchanged in their view of homosexuality as a disease to be eradicated.
David Kato was buried by his close friends after the pastor who was supposed to oversee the ceremony chose instead to go on an anti-gay tirade. Even in death, peace seemed elusive for Kato. Indeed, for all gay people in Uganda, the road ahead is long and tumultuous.
To honor David Kato’s memory and to stand with our allies in Uganda, we must remember that we cannot afford to be complacent. The men on this list who caused so much damage to the gay community in Uganda reside right here in the United States where they continue to preach hatred. We must support gay rights and human dignity in America if we ever want to see a day where their vitriol cannot harm anyone else.
Would you like to see a film on the life and death of David Kato?
I’ll say this as calmly as I possibly ca—
YOU KNOW WHAT? FUCK BEING CALM.
IT DOESN’T FUCKING MATTER IF ZIMMERMAN WAS JUST “DEFENDING HIMSELF.”
IT DOESN’T FUCKING MATTER IF HE ACTUALLY THOUGHT HE WAS IN DANGER. AND IF HE DID THINK SO, WHY THE FUCK DID HE FOLLOW TRAYVON MARTIN WHEN THE POLICE TOLD HIM NOT TO OVER THE PHONE?
THE FUCKING FACT IS, HE WASN’T IN DANGER. THE KID WAS NOT A THREAT AT ALL TO HIM.
THEREFORE, HE KILLED AN INNOCENT TEENAGER. HE SHOULD TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT BECAUSE IT IS HIS RESPONSIBILITY. IT’S 100 PERCENT HIS FAULT THAT A YOUNG MAN IS DEAD. IT IS NOT TRAYVON MARTIN’S FAULT AT ALL. THE POLICE WERE ALSO WRONG TO LET HIM GO AFTER HE SAID HE KILLED AN INNOCENT TEENAGER, AND THEY SHOULD TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR BEING SO IRRESPONSIBLE AND FOR NOT DOING THEIR JOBS. PERIOD.
NO FUCKING ARGUMENT.
AND IT’S FUCKING DISGUSTING FOR Y’ALL TO ENTER INTO DISCUSSIONS WHERE POC ARE MOURNING OVER THE DEATH OF TRAYVON AND HOW FUCKING UNJUST THE SYSTEM IS (THE SYSTEM THAT FUCKING BENEFITS WHITE PEOPLE, WHO ARE MOSTLY THE ONES LEAPING IN ZIMMERMAN’S DEFENSE) AND SAYING THAT IT WASN’T HIS FAULT BECAUSE HE WAS “DEFENDING HIMSELF.”
DEFENDING HIMSELF AGAINST WHAT? A KID WITH SOME CANDY? WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?
NO, NO NEED TO TELL ME, Y’ALL HAVE NO FUCKING OUNCE OF EMPATHY WHATSOEVER OVER A DEATH OF A TEEN. YOU ONLY HAVE EMPATHY FOR THE WHITE PERSON WHO SHOT AND KILLED AN INNOCENT BLACK KID.
ALL OF YOU DISGUST ME.
“When I asked the police why there’s been no arrest, they told me they respected the guy’s background, that he had a four-year degree; that he was clean,” Tracy Martin said. “But did they check my unarmed son’s record? No.”
Horrifying. Not surprising, but still horrifying.
WHITE PEOPLE. these are YOUR PEOPLE. why are ya’ll such monsters????
He’s educated, so he can’t be a murderer? Um, Ted Bundy, anyone? John Wayne Gacy? Charles Cullen? Dr. Shipman? Edmund Kemper?
They really can just kill people and get away with it. I feel like sometimes, they wanna test the rules to see if it’s true. So he did. He shot a Black kid and they’ll let him get away with it. So later he can brag. This is the dumbest, most angering shit ever. This is some white nonsense.
This comment was on the Huffington Post:
“I remember when they charged those black teenagers in JENA with attempted murder for beating up a white kid. They said a SHOE or SNEAKER was the deadly weapon. they gave the guy a black eye and charged them with attempted murder.
This guy KILLS someone with no weapon, no crime being committed no provocation after beign told to not follow him and their is a question as to should he be charged?”
- Black kid beats up white kid: Faces life in prison
- Grown ass white man murders a defenseless black teen with a gun: Walks away free
Yet white people feel “discriminated against”. Yet white people have the fucking audacity to wonder why so many PoC are angry at them and hate them!!
A veteran Orange County sheriff’s deputy feared for the safety of two young girls sitting in a parked car when he shot and killed a Marine sergeant in a dark parking lot near San Clemente High School, authorities said Friday.
Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr. was shot early Tuesday as he started to get into the SUV where his two daughters — 9 and 14 — were sitting, authorities said. Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the department, said the deputy was fearful that Loggins — who he said appeared to be acting irrationally — was about to drive off with the girls.
“The real threat that was perceived was the safety of the children,” Amormino said.
“The deputy formed an opinion that he had a deep concern for the children, that he would not allow Mr. Loggins to drive away with the kids,” Amormino said.
A former commanding officer said Loggins routinely went to the school with his daughters during the early-morning hours to walk the track and read the Bible.
Amormino said Loggins was not armed and that it doesn’t appear the incident was alcohol- or drug-related.
The shooting is being investigated by the Orange County district attorney’s office. The deputy, a 15-year veteran, is on paid leave, which is routine in officer-involved shootings.
What the fuck.
On paid leave? Are you fucking kidding me! Are you fucking kidding me!!!!
He should be charged with murder, but I doubt that will happen.
No, fuck you, tag this “racism,” “murder,” “KKK,” “white supremacy.” Oh wait, I’ll do it for you. This is a LOT of shit, but one thing it isn’t is “bad ass,” and it’s certainly not a representation of “justice.”
And before you pull the “I’m honoring my heritage” bullshit - it is NOT OKAY to honor your heritage if you heritage is slavery, lynchings, oppression, murder, torture, and rape.
You better get a knife and CARVE that thing off your body, because it makes me want to puke.
How is it just to have enslaved people?
What is just about having beat them?
What is just about chasing them for trying to escape, and maiming them to punish them from trying to do it again?
What is just about the fact that you tried to SECEDE FROM THE COUNTRY rather than give up your slaves?
What is just about the fact that that LYNCHING NOOSE you have next to your “proud rebel flag” was used to hang people of color unjustly?
What about your heritage is there to be proud of in light of all that? The justice would be for every confederate flag to be burned and never displayed again.
The Systematic Murder of Black Children
During a twenty three month period between 1979 and 1981 over 30 Black children were killed in Atlanta, terrorizing the Afro-American population. In July, 1980, after 14 children had been murdered, the mothers of some of the victims formed the Committee to Stop the Children’s Murders. They pointed out that a systematic campaign of murder was taking place and denounced the Atlanta police for failing to seriously investigate any of the killings. At first the police denied that there was any connection between the killings. The murders continued, with one child disappearing about every twenty-five days. People who lived in and around the Techwood housing project and the other poor Afro-American neighborhoods where the victims were kidnapped generally assumed that the klan or a similar racist organization was responsible.
Atlanta city officials created a highly publicized commission to investigate the murders. It is now clear that the main purpose of this commission was to cover up the fact that klansmen were carrying out these murders. Atlanta police commissioner Lee Patrick Brown told the people: “We can’t say the murders here are racially motivated because we don’t know the motivation.” The FBI, claiming to have used “scientific methods” to draw up a “psychological profile” of the killer, declared that he was a Black man from a broken family. The commission even paid for a “psychic” to come to Atlanta. She claimed that she could “see” the killer and backed up the FBI’s assertion that he was Afro-American.
Special attention was given to dispelling the idea that the klan was involved. The FBI declared that there was no indication of a “group effort” in the murders. In June, 1981, Georgia Governor Busbee and Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) officials announced with great fanfare that they had thoroughly investigated the activity of the klan in Georgia and had concluded that it did not present a serious threat to the people of Georgia. Dr. Joseph Lowrey, the traitorous liar who heads the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was called upon to support this idea, telling the people that he did not believe the klan had anything to do with the murders.
It has now been confirmed that police and government officials not only knew that the klan was committing the murders but, in fact, knew the specific individuals responsible.
The Evidence Against the Klan
The evidence that exposes the klan’s responsibility for the murders is contained in police documents. The most illuminating of these were enclosed in a package “anonymously” sent to Wayne Williams’ lawyers.
The evidence centers around the Sanders family. Members of this family belong to the National States Rights Party / New Order of the Ku Klux Klan (NSRP), which is headquartered in Marrieta, an Atlanta suburb. Don Sanders is National Secretary of the NSRP and his father, Carleton, and five of his brothers, Charles, Terry, Ricky, Jerry and James, are members of the organization. The NSRP, headed by J.B. Stoner and Ed Fields, is one of the most rabid racist and fascist organizations in this country.
Members of the Sanders family have long criminal records including convictions for child molestation, murder, burglary, assault and battery, wife beating, statutory rape, armed robbery and narcotics charges. They are long time drug dealers.
The police documents include statements of police agents closely associated with the Sanders family. One of these operatives reported that members of the family told him that the klan was going to execute one Black boy a month, and after killing 20 children they were going to start killing Black women. This informant reported that Charles Sanders had pointed out to him a 14-year-old Black youth named Lubie Geter and said “See that little Black …? I’m going to get him I’m going to kill him I’m going to choke the Black … to death.” Several weeks later Geter was found strangled to death.
There is other evidence linking the Sanders family to Lubie Geter’s murder. Geter was last seen in a shopping center near where the Sanders family lives. An eyewitness saw Geter get into a car with a tall white man with a jagged scar on his neck on the day he disappeared. Carleton Sanders is tall and has a jagged scar on his neck. Another witness saw Geter on the same day in a blue Ford with two white men. Charles Sanders drove a blue Ford. Hairs of a Siberian husky dog were found on Geter’s body. Charles Sanders owned a Siberian husky.
Another victim, 11-year-old Earl Lee Terrell, was with Lubie Geter when Geter incurred Charles Sanders’ wrath by accidentally running into his parked car with a go-cart. Terrell disappeared near the same shopping center where Geter was abducted. Besides Terrell, four other victims were friends of Lubie Geter’s.
Twelve-year-old Charles Stephens, the 15th victim, was found murdered in a trailer park frequented by members of the Sanders family. On his body caucasian head hairs were found, along with more Siberian husky hairs. Altogether, husky hairs were found on the bodies of at least fifteen of the murdered children.
Dozens of witnesses reported seeing men dressed as police or security guards or wearing other types of uniforms with many of the young victims the last time they were seen alive. The Sanders family kept a stockpile of police and other uniforms.
Another informant told police that “Don Sanders had direct knowledge of who was responsible for the killings.” On April 1, 1981 the following telephone conversation between Don and Terry Sanders was recorded by a police wiretap:
Don: “…I might get out and ride around a little bit, and I might come by there.”
Terry: “Go find you another little kid, another little kid?”
Don: “Yeah, scope out some places. We’ll see you later.”
FBI report concerning brown Caucasian hairs found at a murder scene.
FBI report containing the Theory, Motive, Method, Group Composition & Supporting Evidence of the Murders
White male suspect in Atlanta Child Killings.
The man convicted, Wayne Williams
Known child victims
Name - Age - Date of disappearance
Edward Smith - 14 - July 21, 1979
Alfred Evans - 13 - July 25, 1979
Milton Harvey - 14 - September 4, 1979
Yusef Bell - 9 - October 21, 1979
Angel Lenair - 12 - March 4, 1980
Jeffery Mathis - 10 - March 11, 1980
Eric Middlebrooks - 14 - May 18, 1980
Chris Richardson - 12 - June 9, 1980
Latonya Wilson - 7 - June 22, 1980
Aaron Wyche - 10 - June 23, 1980
Anthony Carter - 9 - July 6, 1980
Earl Terell - 11 - July 30, 1980
Clifford Jones - 13 - August 20, 1980
Darren Glass - 10 - September 14, 1980
Charles Stephens - 12 - October 9, 1980
Aaron Jackson - 9 - November 1, 1980
Patrick Rogers - 16 - November 10, 1980
Lubie Geter - 14 - January 3, 1981
Terry Pue - 15 - January 22, 1981
Patrick Baltazar - 11 - February 6, 1981
Curtis Walker - 15 - February 19, 1981
Joseph Bell - 15 - March 2, 1981
Timothy Hill - 13 - March 13, 1981
The C.O.W.S.: The Atlanta Child Murders & Chet Dettlinger Part 1
amerikkka the great.
“Brisenia Flores, a nine year old girl, was murdered in Arizona, was shot by a group of anti-immigrant vigilantes. They forced their way into her home looking to steal money for drugs to be used to finance a citizen border protection organization.
They killed her father, wounded her mother and then killed the nine year old for reasons that still make no sense. Basically, it was a group of anti-immigrants who killed a little Latina girl to pay for their anti-immigrant activities.
Why did she get no media coverage?