Uganda Needs Us

Uganda is the site of a struggle for the very lives of LGBT people.

There is a bill in parliament that would execute people for being gay. Under pressure from around the world, the government shows signs of backing down–to “merely” imprison them for life.

There also is evidence that some evangelical Christian leaders helped foment this ugliness. Several of them visited Uganda to share their views about “curing” homosexuality. According to Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times, over one three-day period last  March, thousands of Ugandans, including police officers, teachers and national politicians, listened raptly to the Americans as they outlined “the whole hidden and dark” gay agenda. The speakers discussed how to make gay people straight, how gay men often sodomized young boys, and how the gay movement intends to overturn marriage.

Some of these leaders now profess their horror at the death penalty provisions of the proposed legislation. We don’t condone that, they say.

They forget that words have power. They believe they tell the truth, but truth that results in barbarism is no truth.

God hears the cries of our siblings in Uganda. Let us join them, that the world may hear.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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