Briefs and Updates: Uganda, Scott Lively, Mars Hill Church, IOTC and Steven Sotloff

I am not surprised that Uganda's Parliament will again debate an Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The world famous bill passed Parliament late last year and was signed by President Museveni earlier this year only to be thrown out by a Ugandan court due to a procedural problem during passage.Scott Lively says he'll drop out of the MA governor's race if his tea party opponent wins the GOP nomination. Reaction from the rest of MA? Crickets.In light of Mark Driscoll's 6 week break, September's … [Read more...]

Uganda’s Constitutional Court Strikes Down Anti-Homosexuality Bill

So says Reuters...Amnesty International has more.Spokeswoman for Parliament Helen Kawesa said, "Parliament will wait to receive the judgment in  its entirety and pronounce itself on the way forward."For all prior coverage on Uganda's efforts to enact the draconian law, click the link. … [Read more...]

Uganda’s Government Fools No One with Statement Regarding Anti-Gay Law

Today, Uganda's government issued a statement which seems designed to change the Anti-Homosexuality Law into something it isn't.Here is the statement: Statement by Uganda Govt on Anti Homosexuality Act by The New VisionIn case anyone has any doubt about how false this statement is, go read the Anti-Homosexuality Law.Today's statement says: ...it's (the Anti-Homosexuality Law) enactment has been misinterpreted as a piece of legislation intended to punish and discriminate against … [Read more...]

Sam Kutesa to Preside over UN General Assembly?

In other news...Kutesa has been appointed as General Assembly president to begin June 11. The question mark in my title is because it is incredible to think that anyone from Uganda could stand for such a position at the UN and even more incredible that it is Kutesa.Kutesa has long had a reputation for corruption and had to step down from leadership in Uganda's majority political party due to a corruption investigation. He was also singled out for a travel ban to the U.S. over those same … [Read more...]

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...]

State Department Briefing: Experts to Uganda?

Yesterday, the State Department covered several topics related to Uganda and the Anti-Homosexuality Act during the daily briefing. Here  some excerpts: QUESTION: -- about Uganda and your opinion of the high court legal challenge to the anti-homosexual act?MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm. Sure. Well, just to reiterate, as we’ve said, the enactment of the homosexuality act was a step backward for Uganda. The law is more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda. It reflects poorly on the c … [Read more...]

Ugandans Challenge Anti-Homosexuality Act in Court

Nine individuals and a human right organization in Uganda have petitioned Uganda's Constitutional Court regarding the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014. The petitioners want the court to declare the Act to be unconstitutional.Here is the petition.Notice that the petitions have comprehensively examined the law and offer numerous violations of Uganda's Constitution. They also point out that a quorum was not in place on the day the bill was passed.The petitions request that the court: (a) … [Read more...]

Uganda Watch: Evangelicals and Ugandans on the Defensive

Ugandan politicians and evangelical leaders have been on the defensive for different reasons since the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni. Many evangelicals are having to account for support for the bill which arose from the far right element of the evangelical world and Ugandan leaders, facing loss of aid from donor countries, are spinning the bill beyond recognition.Sarah Pulliam Bailey posted a thoughtful article at Religion News Service (picked up by … [Read more...]


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