Friday, January 28, 2011

Is Lou Engle partially responsible for David Kato's death?

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click to enlarge Lou Engle doesn't appear innocent in David Kato's murder.
  • Lou Engle doesn't appear innocent in David Kato's murder.

Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato was killed in his home Wednesday. If you're curious, he was bludgeoned and beaten to death. With a hammer.

Kato's death comes as the Ugandan parliament considers a long-lingering bill that would criminalize gay-rights advocacy and add the death penalty as possible punishment for gay people in certain cases. Uganda is not a safe place for the LGBT community. Simply being gay is illegal. Politicians are becoming increasingly comfortable making public statements like, "Homosexuals can forget about human rights." A newspaper recently published a list of prominent gay Ugandans -- including Kato -- and called for them to be hanged.



But could the blame for Kato's death actually stretch back to Kansas City lunatic Lou Engle? The

New York Times quoted an activist who placed the blame on

certain prominent American holy men. From the piece:

Police officials were quick to chalk up the motive to

robbery, but

members of the small and increasingly besieged gay community in Uganda

suspect otherwise.

"David's death is a result of the hatred planted in Uganda by U.S.

evangelicals in 2009," Val Kalende, the chairwoman of one of

Uganda's

gay-rights groups, said in a statement. "The Ugandan government and the

so-called U.S. evangelicals must take responsibility for David's blood."

U.S. evangelicals like Engle. Although

Kalende was referring in part to a trip three American preachers made in

March 2009, we should remember that Engle made his own sojourn of

hate to Uganda in 2010.

Engle's work to demonize gay people is a long and well-documented one.

He moved to California briefly in 2008 to

fight Prop. 8. He says he

has dreams telling him to combat advancing gay rights. Even as

recently as this week, footage surfaced showing Engle demanding

that Ellen DeGeneres turn straight for the sake of all of America's gay

people.

But that trip to Uganda is the most haunting step he's made into

dehumanizing homosexuals. The

Times described Engle giving a rousing speech to 1,300 Ugandans

this way:

Before arriving here last week, Mr. Engle came out with a

statement condemning the harsh penalties proposed in the bill, and said

that his ministry could not support it. But when he 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."

Although Engle tried to mask his message by saying he didn't support the

law itself, his rhetoric was clear: Acceptance of LGBT communities

stops here. It looks like he's getting what he wanted. There is plenty

of blood smeared on plenty of hands in Kato's murder. But it's not a

stretch to say that as the killer hammered away at Kato's skull, some

blood spatter reached Engle.

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