Uganda preachers pressure politicians to push ‘kill the gays’ law

Africa - Uganda Flag on MapOn Jan 2, 2013 Gay Star News reported: Pastors in Uganda call for MPs to press ahead with Anti-Homosexuality Bill or risk losing their seats. Vote likely in February

Pastors in Uganda, including a British man, have marked the New Year by demanding politicians speed up passage of the ‘kill the gays bill’.

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill was widely expected to go before parliament before Christmas but was delayed. It further criminalizes homosexuality and even demands the death penalty for repeat ‘offenders’ among others.

Uganda’s leading newspaper, the Daily Monitor, which has a monthly readership of 1million online reported from churches and sports stadiums on preachers demanding action.

The paper said this was ‘to avert the recruitment of youngsters to adopt the same-sex behavior’ [sic].

It claims pastors warned politicians that if they bowed to international pressure to drop the bill they would lose their seats.

The Daily Monitor says there were ‘tens of thousands’ at Nakivubo Stadium in Kamapal, the Uganda, capital, for a National Prayer Day and Night – although the technical capacity of the stadium is 15,000, GSN understands.

Bishop David Kiganda, the leader of Christianity Focus Ministries, reportedly told them: ‘We ask Members of Parliament (MPs) to stop wasting time debating the bill but simply pass it to save school-going children, who are at risk of being recruited.

‘Our leaders should desist from any act that would frustrate this proposed law because it has delayed.’ said Bishop David Kiganda, the leader of Christianity Focus Ministries (CFM).

Kiganda, of Bornagain Churches, added the ‘vice’ threatened Ugandans’ morality.

The Daily Monitor also quotes a minister from the UK, Reverend Paul Schinners, praising Uganda for the bill.

He said: ‘There is no other nation world over that has such a plan and through this, Uganda is going to be blessed.’

And at a bigger stadium, Mandela National Stadium in Namboole, the leader of Born Again Federation of Uganda, Dr Joseph Sserwadda, reportedly said the anti-gay legislation was needed urgently and should top the parliamentary agenda in 2013.

Meanwhile Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, at Namirembe Cathedral, is reported as saying the Church of Uganda, would continue to push marriage as being only between a man and a woman.  Continued