Who Will Replace Fred Phelps?

Hopefully, he won't be replaced but there are those who come close. By now, most people know that the pastor of Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps, died earlier this month (March 19). Phelps was the personification of hatred toward gay people along with the church which was mostly his family members. I am sure others have speculated about who could replace Phelps so this might not break much new ground. However, I thought of this list while reading about Martin Ssempa's march to celebrate … [Read more...]

The Day After: Tabloid Publishes List of 200 Top Homosexuals; Ssempa Offers Gay Rehab; Far Right Reacts

The Uganda rag, The Red Pepper, has published what it says is a list of 200 Top Homosexuals. One problem with the story is the statement that first time offenders can be sentenced to 14 years. According to the copy of the bill I posted yesterday, first offenders may be sentenced to life in prison. For touching. This action is disgusting. I pray it does not incite Ugandans to persecute these people. In this NY Daily News article, a picture is posted of Martin Ssempa who is now offering … [Read more...]

Martin Ssempa is on Twitter

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Might make this tweet into a badge or something. It would go nicely with my "Throckmorton is a snake" award given by Scott Lively. Except there was no "falsified news." Rev. Ssempa had some nasty tactics to push Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill and all of that came to light. Quite a story really. Guess I'll follow Rev. Ssempa and see what he's talking about these days. UPDATE: I've been blocked...     … [Read more...]

The Martin Ssempa gang convicted of defaming pastor’s reputation

Another chapter in Uganda's pastor wars came to a close with the conviction of Martin Ssempa and five others who accused Rev. Robert Kanyanja of sex with some male members of his congregation. See the Daily Monitor for more. Ssempa has been one of the loudest and most persistent supporters for Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill now in a legislative committee. … [Read more...]

Gay Staffer Says Invisible Children is Not Anti-Gay

In a post dated March 19, Vice-President for Business Operations at Invisible Children, Chris Sarette, says IC is not an anti-gay organization. Sarette has some credibility on this statement since he came out as gay in 2007. In the post, Sarette wrote: Invisible Children has attracted supporters, employees and board members who otherwise might sit on opposite sides of the aisle. The Invisible Children community’s common conviction that people are people, and the actions that back it up, are … [Read more...]

Uganda report: Testimony in anti-gay bill to conclude Monday

As the closing of the 8th Parliament looms, two early supporters of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill continue to promote passage of the bill. Martin Ssempa and Stephen Langa both testified Friday before the Legal and  Parliamentary Affairs committee. A website called Weinformers provide more information about their message and also reports that hearings will conclude on Monday. According to this report, Ssempa advocated the removal of the death penalty because it is not a "behavioral … [Read more...]

David Bahati: Hearings took place today on Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Today, public hearings on Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill took place before the Parliamentary and Legal Affairs Committee, according to the bill author, David Bahati. In an interview, Bahati said that the Uganda Law Reform Commission and several religious leaders were on the list of those slated to provide testimony. He added, "I know that the process of legislation is moving forward." Bahati declined to say that the bill would be voted on next week, saying that the actual end of … [Read more...]

Ugandan ex-gay recants, says Ssempa paid him to say he changed

Not sure how I missed this one, but yesterday Josh Kron reported that one of Martin Ssempa's poster children for gay change recanted his story saying that Ssempa paid him to claim change. George Oundo said he had changed orientation and that Uganda's Parliament should pass David Bahati's antigay bill at a news conference reported by the Parliament. However, within a short time, he met with Kron and recanted everything saying Ssempa had paid him well to tell a false story. “I used to … [Read more...]

Florida abstinence group has ties to Martin Ssempa

Andy Kopsa, writing for the Florida Independent, has a story out that links Project SOS to Martin Ssempa. Project SOS, a Jacksonvile-based abstinence education program, has received more than $6.5 million in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since 2002 — including $454,000 in September 2010. This despite the fact that the group has been cited for teaching false information about HIV and is a supporter of Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa, one of the most … [Read more...]

Witness says pastors bribed him to accuse Kayanja

This story from the UG Pulse is starting to sound like rumors I have been hearing for months. One of the boys who was allegedly sodomized by pastor Robert Kayanja testified that he was used by pastor Solomon Male, Martin Sempa , Micheal Kyazze and pastor Bob Kayiya and a state house employee Anitah Kyomuhendo who was allegedly sent by Janet Museveni. Robson Matovu confirmed court that pastor Kayanja has never sodomized him, he was just received a bribe from the said pastor to talk false … [Read more...]