Anti-Gay Violence has Increased Ten-Fold in Uganda

As human rights activists warned and as any rational person predicted, the passage of a brutal new anti-gay law in Uganda has resulted in a huge increase in violent attacks on gay people in that country. I’m sure Scott Lively will be along any minute to tell us it’s all made up.

Uganda has suffered an alarming rise in attacks on gay and lesbian people since it passed an anti-homosexuality law late last year, research has found.

The report, compiled by Sexual Minorities Uganda, detailed an attempted lynching, mob violence, homes burned down, blackmail, lost jobs, arrests, evictions and suicides. The number of recorded incidents had increased tenfold, the group said. At least 25 people were reported to have fled Uganda, seeking asylum in neighbouring Kenya and Rwanda.

In many cases tabloid newspapers published stories identifying men or women who were subsequently disowned by their family or assaulted in the street. Several are facing prosecution…

“The passing of AHA has given permission to a culture of extreme and violent homophobia whereby both state and non-state actors are free to persecute Uganda’s LGBTI people with impunity,” the report stated.

The survey recorded 162 incidents since the legislation was passed by parliament. By comparison, Sexual Minorities Uganda recorded only eight incidents in the rest of 2013 and 19 in the whole of 2012.

“[This] represents an increase of between 750% and 1,900% on previous years,” the report noted, “an increase which can only be explained by the passage of the AHA and the virulently homophobic atmosphere this has engendered.”

Imagine things being so bad there that people are fleeing to Rwanda for safety. But the American Christian right continues to cheer on this brutality and barbarism.

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  • colnago80

    The Schickelgruberite gangsters in the American Christian right only wish they could pass similar laws here.

  • John Pieret

    Scott Lively will be along any minute to tell us it’s all made up.

    If he doesn’t tell us it is all to the good and God’s will!

  • grumpyoldfart

    Sounds like Europe during its 600 years of Inquisitions. It will probably take just as long to stop.

  • Jackie the wacky

    “But the American Christian right continues to cheer on this brutality and barbarism.”

    But they don’t understand why so many people are leaving their churches.

  • M can help you with that.

    But the American Christian right continues to cheer on this brutality and barbarism.

    Now you’re being an intolerant bully by attacking Christians’ sincerely-held religious beliefs! How dare you, you hypocrite!

    …or something.

  • Cal

    It is more likely that Scott lively would say they are bringing it on themselves. If they would just stop being gay they persecutions would stop. Perhaps he believes that making something illegal causes it to no longer exist or something…

  • Perhaps he believes that making something illegal causes it to no longer exist or something…

    …and if those gay people would just stop disproving that belief by continuing to exist, the persecution would stop.

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  • busterggi

    If Jesus didn’t want gays to be beaten up or abused or killed, why then why did he make them gay?

  • thebookofdave

    On behalf of the good citizens of Uganda (who are only acting in defense of their children), we are sorry that our efforts to protect the traditional values of society is causing distress for homosexuals. In Uganda, we give those tempted into unnatural lifestyle choices plenty of chances to repent and turn away from evil, regretfully making an example only of the worst-of-the-worst. How were we to know that every single one of them would choose to mock our laws and offend God all the way down the path of sin and depravity? They are making our hard work to restore faith and justice look like a massive bullying campaign.

    You know, when you look at it that way, isn’t God the real victim here?

  • Ichthyic

    Scott Lively will be along any minute to tell us it’s all made up.

    here’s hoping the results of his actions will be used against him at his civil rights trial, which I think opening arguments are scheduled for later this year?

  • Ichthyic

    isn’t God the real victim here?

    so, it’s a victimless crime then.

    don’t go there, even in jest.