Thursday, January 27, 2011
Last year, a Uganda newspaper published a list of "Uganda’s Top Homos" complete with photos and a note to "hang them". David Kato, David Kato, the advocacy officer for the rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda, had his photo published in the paper and took the publisher to court with two others, winning a permanent injunction barring further exposes of the sort. Unfortunately, the paper succeeded in its mission, with Kato found beaten to death in his home yesterday.
While this is a terrible event on its own, the question remains whether three American evangelicals who went to the country to speak at anti-homosexuality conference in 2009 or the powerful Washington DC Christian political group "The Family" who had an existing connection to a Uganda legislator, David Bahati, who proposed a law that would punish homosexuality with death.
This Ugandan story seems to fade in and out of American news consciousness, but without any particular action from Americans with the sort of power to do something about it or those Americans who encouraged the hate in that country being called to account.
It's too late for David Kato, but it's not for countless others in Uganda. Hopefully his death will be the last, but it doesn't seem that way right now.