crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters
Some members of the religious right are slowly firing back against the plain truth that the rhetoric they espouse led the murder of Ugandan lgbt activist David Kato:
A litigation organization dedicated to advancing the family says claims that conservatives and Christians are to blame for the death of a homosexual activist in Uganda are false.
Liberals and homosexuals are speaking out in response to Ugandan police reports about homosexual activist David Kato being bludgeoned to death at his home in a country where government leaders have called for the death penalty against homosexuals. According to Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs for Liberty Counsel, the news fits a pattern.
“Somewhere in the world, violence occurs, [and] liberals rush to blame conservative and Christians' — quote — 'incendiary rhetoric' for the violence,” he reports. “And then later, that rhetoric is proven to be irrelevant, and the left ends up kind of playing the fool with egg all over their face.”
He says that is the case in Uganda, where police have arrested a man who lived with Kato and has confessed to murdering him for not paying for sexual favors. So Barber decides the narrative that hate and anti-homosexual rhetoric were somehow responsible for the cruel murder has crumbled around liberals.
Is it just me or is Barber's manner hateful and totally insensitive. And not to mention less than truthful.
Please note how Barber conveniently omitted that:
Uganda has a history of persecuting lgbts. So why should we believe officials from the country when they claim that the brutal murder of one of these lgbts – who just happened to be speaking out against said persecution – was the possible result of a “lover's quarrel.”
Kato had just won a huge judgment against a Ugandan tabloid which put his picture – and that of several other Ugandan lgbts - on its cover, telling readers to kill them,
Due to the homophobic climate, Kato expressed serious fears for his life,
President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton spoke out against Kato's murder and the climate which caused it, and
Lastly, please note the basic dishonesty with Barber's claim. He makes it seem that us “liberals,” without provocation, began blaming those on his side of the spectrum for Kato's murder. Where in the hell was Barber the past year and a half when so-called conservative Christians like Scott Lively went to Uganda and dropped that self-described “nuclear bomb” against gay rights?
But of course this is Matt Barber, a man who can probably give the nation of Uganda a run for its money in the homophobia department. He is, after all, a man who not only defends countries which persecute lgbts, describes gay relationships as “one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it ‘love,” but also makes it a point to encourage people to focus more on the “ick factor” of gay sex.
But in talking about Kato's murder, Barber takes his homophobia up a notch.
He is clearly practising the kind of Christianity which allowed for whites to look away while other whites were pulling black men out of their homes and lynching them in the South.
Just pretend you don't see or pretend you don't know more than you actually do and things will be fine.
It's sad that someone actually puts this man up as the best Christianity has to offer.
Was Torquemada busy?