An Ontario-based evangelical group that describes homosexuality as a “perversion” has received funding from the government of Canada to complete a series of projects in Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal and may soon be punishable by death.
Crossroads Christian Communications received $544,813 in government funding to travel to Uganda and help dig wells, build latrines, and promote hygiene awareness through next year. But the group’s attitudes toward homosexuality are oddly similar to statements made by homophobic Ugandan legislators, especially with regards to the proposed “Kill the Gays” bill that would potentially allot the death penalty to LGBT Ugandans.
According to the Ottawa Citizen:
Until Tuesday, the organization’s website carried a list of “sexual sins” deemed to be “perversion”: “Turning from the true and/or proper purpose of sexual intercourse; misusing or abusing it, such as in pedophilia, homosexuality and lesbianism, sadism, masochism, transvestism, and bestiality.”
Lower down the page, the group asks sinners to “repent.”“God cares too much for you (and all of His children) to leave such tampering and spiritual abuse unpunished,” according to the group’s website.
Just hours after The Canadian Press contacted the group to ask a spokesperson about the site, the page in question disappeared from public view.
Canadian officials have denounced Uganda’s anti-gay climate before. Canadian Foreign Minister John Bairn and Ugandan speaker Rebecca Kadaga quarreled last year at a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Quebec over Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which Kadaga has promised to pass:
When Mr Bairn warned Uganda not to trample on people’s human rights, Ms Kadaga replied: “If homosexuality is a value for the people of Canada they should not seek to force Uganda to embrace it. We are not a colony or a protectorate of Canada.”
The text of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill asserts that it is “protecting the traditional family” and recognizes that “same sex attraction is not an innate and immutable characteristic.”