The New York Times reports on how so-called evangelical Christians from the U.S. have been influential in the drive to make homosexual acts punishable by death in Uganda and otherwise helped create a lynch-mob climate in the country, a darling of the Bush administration and other so-called Christians like Rick Warren. The players are trying to distance themselves now. Uganda may, however, be beyond immediate redemption.
Donor countries, including the United States, are demanding that Uganda’s government drop the proposed law, saying it violates human rights, though Uganda’s minister of ethics and integrity (who previously tried to ban miniskirts) recently said, “Homosexuals can forget about human rights.”
The Ugandan government, facing the prospect of losing millions in foreign aid, is now indicating that it will back down, slightly, and change the death penalty provision to life in prison for some homosexuals.
PS -- The article does not say that the visting "Christians" advocated death or life in prison for gays. They only emphasized the moral depravity of gay people -- whom they described as "evil" and "promiscuous" -- and their "hidden and dark agenda." The good Christian witnesses thus contributed mightily -- and in the name of God -- to the poisonous atmosphere in that country. Who knew they'd stoke such anger? they now say. Right.