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30 Aug 2010

Ugandan MP David Bahati wants to 'kill every gay person'

David Bahati, the Ugandan MP responsible for the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill currently under consideration, is found to be linked to “The Fellowship”, a US-based religious and political organisation that is "waging spiritual war in the halls of American power and around the globe."

Jeff Sharlet, an investigative journalist and author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power – about a US-based religious and political organisation, met and interviewed David Bahati, the Member of Parliament who came to international attention after introducing Uganda's draconian anti-homosexuality bill in October 2009.

MP David Bahati is said to be a core member of The Family. He works, he organises their Ugandan National Prayer Breakfast and oversees an African sort of student leadership program designed to create future leaders for Africa, into which The Family has poured millions of dollars working through a very convoluted chain of linkages passing the money over to Uganda. – The Secret Political Reach Of 'The Family' (NPR)

The proposed bill, which has attracted international outrage since it was announced last year, would impose prison terms for Ugandans who fail to report a homosexual within 24 hours, and the death sentence for homosexuals who had sex with a person under 18, who is HIV-positive and had sex, had gay sex with a disabled person or being classified as a "serial offender" – that is, someone who has gay sex more than once. Already under Uganda’s Penal Code Act of 1950, those who engage in the “unnatural offence” of gay sex may be imprisoned for life, and those who merely attempt to do so can be imprisoned for up to seven years.

The assistant professor of English at Dartmouth College and contributing editor of Harper's Magazine recounts his meetings with Bahati at his home which is "way high up in the hills outside Uganda" and at a "very, very upscale hotel (restaurant)" in a September 2010 Harper's piece, "Straight Man's Burden."

Sharlet says he visited Kampala at the invitation of Bahati who had told him: “If you come here, you'll see homosexuals from Europe and America are luring our children into homosexuality by distributing cell phones and iPods and things like this.

"And he said, 'And I can explain to you what I really want to do.' "

That is "to kill every last gay person," Bahati told the journalist.

Sharlet recounts on a NPR radio programme: "It was a very chilling moment, because I'm sitting there with this man who's talking about his plans for genocide, and has demonstrated over the period of my relationship with him that he's not some back bencher – he's a real rising star in the movement. This was something that I hadn't understood before I went to Uganda, that this was a guy with real potential and real sway and increasingly a following in Uganda."

Sharlet explains that Bahati is one of the Uganda leaders of an American evangelical movement called the Fellowship, or the Family – the secretive fellowship of powerful Christian politicians who wield considerable political influence, both in Washington and abroad.

Last year, NPR quoted Bob Hunter, a longtime member of The Family, that neither he nor anyone he knows in The Fellowship supports the Ugandan bill. 

Sharlet however wrote that he had discovered a “very direct relationship".

"And [the Fellowship members] are emphatic and saying: 'We haven't killed any gay people in Uganda. This isn't what we had in mind. We didn't pull the trigger.' And that's true. They didn't pull the trigger. But there's a sense in which they built the gun, which was this institutional idea of government being decided by small groups of elite leaders like Bahati, getting together and trying to conform government to their idea of Biblical law. And this is what their American benefactors wanted them to do."

The Anti-Homosexual Bill remains with the Ugandan Parliament's Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and has not been put to a vote.

The president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni who is reportedly a member of The Fellowship, has distanced himself from the bill as a result of intense international lobbying by non-governmental organisations and international governments including the United Kingdom, United States, Canada France, Sweden and Germany. The European Parliament on 16 December 2009 passed a resolution against the bill, which threatens to cut financial aid to Uganda. 

Jeff Sharlet's article "Straight Man's Burden" is published in the September issue of Harper's. An excerpt of the article can be read here. 

Read transcript of radio interview.

Reader's Comments

1. 2010-08-31 00:26  
Oh my god, such atrocity!
2. 2010-08-31 00:35  
I think comments on such imbecile should not be moderated since he personal attacks any member of this site
3. 2010-08-31 00:37  
Seems like the Christian thing to do... consistent with a history of religious torture and brutality against gay people, the only decent thing that can be said about some branches of modern Christianity is that they are inconsistent with their heritage.
The US evangelicals in the Fellowship and their Ugandan brethren are getting back to their roots.
Shame on any gay American who votes Republican - as it empowers and embraces the Fellowship as part of the GOP.
Shame on any Christian who does not disavow the homophobic hypocrisy of a movement that picks part of Leviticus to justify our murder, while failing to observe any other "law" in the same section - like eating only kosher food, seeing a Rabbi for treatment of leprosy, judging baldness, etc.
4. 2010-08-31 00:41  
Mr. Bahati is, without a doubt, a dangerous and vile person. He and his "gang" are the real problem facing humankind.
5. 2010-08-31 01:05  
if i have the power, i will kidnap this sick guy mr. bahati then force him to do homosexual act then he also need to be kill because of his bill. ,including all the members of shit religion. we have all the rights in this life so people need to respect that., not to punish.
6. 2010-08-31 01:14  
I think deep down... He probably is a hurt little gay boy. His boyfriend left him, and this is his revenge to the world.
7. 2010-08-31 01:34  
he is like this cos his dad is gay, and his dad ass-fu*k him every night till he was 13. so now he wants revenge!

8. 2010-08-31 02:05  
he should go back to school and take his pathetic morale studies...
9. 2010-08-31 02:33  
OH NO.....Ugandans run for your lives. Idi Amin Dada has returned from the dead and has taken over the mind and body of this sick-o.
10. 2010-08-31 02:36  
Obviously gay himself
11. 2010-08-31 03:17  
fucked up.
12. 2010-08-31 03:53  
Yawn Zzz.

He's nothing special. He's hiding a dark secret (pun intended) whilst desperately trying to rise to notoriety by copying history*.
Been there, done that girlfriend.
Your butt plug's too tight, loosen up and eat your own poo poo. :D

13. 2010-08-31 04:48  
Damnit... I don't have any spare iPads or mobile phones or blurry DVD copies of Sex And The City 2 (with Russian subtitles) to give out to little Ugandan children, thus converting them to homosexuality. I feel like a failure... sorry guys... someone else will have to convert them...
14. 2010-08-31 04:50  
15. 2010-08-31 04:50  
I pity this fool.
16. 2010-08-31 06:17  
Yeah sure, kill the gays or lock 'em all up for life...what a moron!!!...Just a stupid parliamentary member in a third world country.

Last paragraph is most gratifying - international communities and even his own president wanting nothing to do with this bill. Hopefully before too long he'll just be a harmless has-been rather than the evil dictator type.
17. 2010-08-31 07:43  
I just hope one day he will have a gay son :).
18. 2010-08-31 07:47  
typical homophobe lolz. :P
19. 2010-08-31 07:49  
He is just one of those guys in denial, trying to cover up his own sexuality. He should Kill himself first.
20. 2010-08-31 07:56  
What a moron. Clearly, he thinks by proposing what the Fellowship has asked of him, he'll earn his spot in history -- he'll earn it, all right, but not the spot he wants.
21. 2010-08-31 08:31  
In America we have a bumper crop of morons who are into religion. Like this bozo who says that in private the evangelicals in America agree with this bill. Christianity will always attract the less intelligent, it has been that way since this religion and its Jesus character were invented. Uganda is just filled with stupid Christians, and this fool who most probably is gay is happy to punish gays, cause it is right to do in their Gods eyes. I thought religion is all about love? Nope, it is about money and power! And of course some good TV time :)

When will mankind ever see the idiocy of religion? Since the first religions were invented they have done nothing but cause people to hate each other. Religions change and their Gods change...what will be the next religion to attract the stupid and moronic?
22. 2010-08-31 08:38  
This buffoon obviously thinks that by killing all gays right now he would eradicate the "problem" once and for all, so it didn't occur to him that gays do not reproduce among themselves. Brilliant.
Interesting face, too. It's all bloated with certainties and ego, and I can't help but think of the frog in the fable who wants to become as fat as the bull.
In this case, "holier than Bush" is the agenda, apparently. Well, bloat away, buffoon ! gays will always be there but you won't.
And don't you guys go wishing he begets a gay son because it's monstrously unfair and cruel to the son !
Comment edited on 2010-08-31 09:05:22
23. 2010-08-31 09:06  
I would like to kill bahati by ripping off his golliwog head with me bear hands and then shitting down the jagged stump of his evil neck!
24. 2010-08-31 09:09  
this idiot has forgotten his forefathers were once slaves, hanged, and burnt for being blacks....

now he wants to kill gay people?
leadership in moral issue? you??!!

i think you need some dicks in those cock sucking lips of yours...that will shut you up, baboon.
Comment edited on 2010-08-31 09:09:41
25. 2010-08-31 09:16  

Comment edited on 2010-08-31 09:16:58
26. 2010-08-31 09:26  
Quoting Bahati:

"you'll see homosexuals from Europe and America are luring our children into homosexuality by distributing cell phones and iPods and things like this."

...Did anyone tell him Bruno wasn't real...?
27. 2010-08-31 09:58  
A religious war is like children fighting over who has the strongest imaginary friend.
28. 2010-08-31 10:25  
Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! and NO! I don't believe God has been any part of this ever.

Now, back to the news!
29. 2010-08-31 10:30  
Now let's see...if all the members of the Fellowship along with the black MP's in Uganda were eliminated, we wouldn't have this problem, would we? This man is just blatantly stupid to make comments like this and even more blind to belong to a group like the genocidal Fellowship. They are no better than skinheads who espouse Nazi philiosophy!
30. 2010-08-31 10:40  
must have been abused by a paedophile when he was a little boy or probably raped by his male relatives etc ...kidding

not really sure what he meant by "“If you come here, you'll see homosexuals from Europe and America are luring our children into homosexuality by distributing cell phones and iPods and things like this." ...Question , is he referring to a group of gays in Uganda luring kids into sex by giving them handphones and ipods ?" then it is a sad generalisation and it is sad that an MP made such broadbrush assumption. Also it is sad that a section of our LGBT have to resort to such despicable act and now tarnishing our already fragile image.

but I would like to ask ...what does gay sex means ? anal or oral sex ? So what happens to heterosexuals who had or attempted to have anal and oral sex ? So if any woman who is being forced to do such unnatural sex can also report that to authority ? or someone who knows two consenting hetero doing the so called "unnatural " sex can also report them to authority ? the law is also silent about bisexuals ?

the law "seems to " be protecting those under 18, disabled and also from being infected with HIV ..which is not really a bad thing :-P(probably a little tweak that if a HIV person knowingly have unprotected sex with someone ...blah blah blah ..then it would sound better, no ? ) I think it is also the same case of a german girlband who recently infected a men with HIV or something but just the punishment is not as harsh)

oh my god ...how cum I see some Bahati kind of reaction here in our brothers and sisters' comment here ? violent does not end violent dear ....he just need some gay sex to enlighten him ...thats all ;-)

31. 2010-08-31 11:06  
see - you have homophobic n*****ers running that worthless country and continent, and see how great they're doing. if uganada suffers a famine or flooding, i shall be popping open my dom perignon.
Comment edited on 2010-08-31 11:07:15
32. 2010-08-31 11:43  
ryuuji: I do agree with you that he needs gay sex to enlighten him up a bit :P but srry he's not my type lol
33. 2010-08-31 12:27    
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34. 2010-08-31 12:36  
if you come to my country you will see black people from Africa are luring our children with rap, hip hop and very bad taste bling to becoming black.

We should kill them all.
35. 2010-08-31 13:06  
36. 2010-08-31 14:40  
He wants to be GOD on earth.
Don't forget, he got all these stupid ideas and religion from The Family religion group in USA. His ancestors prayed to trees and animals as their Gods. Now, he has a WHITE religion. Oh, No, it was originated from Arab region. Oh No..... Complicated !
God is compassion and love. Do we have to read the whole bible to understand him? Our technology is getting more advanced every month, these groups of religion people are backward as far as thousand years.
37. 2010-08-31 14:46  
All he needs is a swastika, hair straightened, flopped to one side...little moustache...yes dead ringer!!!
38. 2010-08-31 15:14  
#6: ditto :D
here's a drop of irony that God'll place in his life: his family member closest to him being a supporter of LBGT movement :|

of course, being a fishing basket himself, he'll stick true to his words, and later on regret it, and commits suicide.

nice ending, huh?
39. 2010-08-31 16:14  
yes i agree with the first post
he doesn't know the real meaning of human love
40. 2010-08-31 16:23  
The man is obiviously simply an idiot! Shame on him and the people that search for such ignorant people to do thier dirty work.
41. 2010-08-31 16:24  
There are two types of homophobia: the first one are self-hating queers who have absolutely nothing but hate against their own people (I'm talking about Larry Craig, George Rekers and Roy Cohn). These are the roots of all violence toward gays. People like Bahati is simple a stupid, fanatic puppet who is controlled by the first type of homophobia. If you are a billionaire and feed these narrow-minded but hungry people millions dollars of food and goods and tell them "gay is good" they'll probably sing that tune without understand it.
42. 2010-08-31 16:50  
lol... good luck in killing us all~

We'll get you first, don't worry about that! After all, gays number in the hundreds of millions, and how many in your silly group????
43. 2010-08-31 16:58  
It's hard to love this man.
What is the non-violent way to stop this? Where is Ghandi when we need him?
44. 2010-08-31 17:00  
I do hope god saves him ... because i doubt very much anyone else would...
45. 2010-08-31 18:55  
Yet another reason why I would never set foot in that country. I really feel sadness for the citizenry who allow such an insanely murderous person to participate in governing their country. Do they really support his views?
46. 2010-08-31 18:57  
Yeah... he's probably gay himself.
By killing all gays.. he won't be tempted to sleep with any gays lol.

Hhehehehh....Get a life!
47. 2010-08-31 19:51  
Little wonder his coutry's still poor, undeveloped...and backward,
Enough said.
48. 2010-08-31 19:54  
*country*, sorry
49. 2010-08-31 20:18  
An idiot!!I don't like black people~~
50. 2010-08-31 21:25  
I don't know what is most depressing, the man himself and his murderous pseudo-Christian rantings, or some of the comments of my "fellow" gays right here on this board ...
cf # 5, 7, 23, 24, 34, 47, 49...
I guess it takes the worst to bring out the worst, but it's sad.
I agree with you 'muta1964' (comment 43) and all this heinous behaviour makes your question about Gandhi all the more pressing.
Comment edited on 2010-08-31 21:26:41
Comment #51 was deleted by its author on 2010-09-01 03:07
52. 2010-09-01 03:07  
He is asking to be martyred... just saying.

But seriously... so far, there is no unified coordinated global "gay agenda" to fight back against these genocidal crazies.

But the bolder and more extreme these crazies get, the closer they will force an equally powerful reaction one day.

They have their hey day now, revelling in their self righteous condemnation, subjugation and intended-slaughter of a minority. But I for one am waiting for the fireworks to begin.
53. 2010-09-01 03:37  
As the most pro-same sex member of the Commonwealth, Canada has a moral duty to request that Uganda be expelled from the Commonwealth as long as the likes of this criminal are MPs there.
54. 2010-09-01 05:19  
He should worry about the indignity of whatever woman is stupid enough to let that ugly moron get on top of her and the following erectile dysfunction because he is too worried about what fun some gay men are having at that very moment.

This is a prime example of why I'm an athiest.
55. 2010-09-01 12:03  
Ignorance has no limits based on this article and by some of the postings Ive read here. Particularly the ones on this post who hate people based on the color of their skin.
56. 2010-09-01 13:52  
57. 2010-09-01 19:21  
Now here is the antidote :
The Mexican newspapers "La Jornada" just published on 31 August an interview of Fidel Castro in which he says :
" the Cuban authorities were wrong to send gays and lesbians in labor camps during the first years of my presidency... these were moments of great injustice, great injustice indeed! "
In the early 70s, gays and lesbians were banned from all public posts, sent to prisons or labor camps.
Asked if the Cuban Communist Party or other entities were to blame for what happened, Fidel Castro answered "no, there is only one person responsible, and that's me".
58. 2010-09-02 16:51  
#57: one article about a politician hell bent on exterminating the LGBT community, and another politician who claimed all blame for the injustice done to the LGBT community during his reign... hmm...
59. 2010-09-03 04:43  
Howver hideosu this man's views are...they do not justify the stupid purile rasicst attacks spouted by so many people here.
You should be ashamed of yourselves.
60. 2010-09-03 04:45  
And the editors of this website should not allow racist comments. What is the point of one minority attacking another minority????
61. 2010-09-04 18:32  
collectively globally..we have a huge cash flow, the 'pink dollar' enough to pay the right business people to have all the worlds fanatical religious leadership culled. (;-))
62. 2010-09-05 14:20  
You would think they have other things to worry about, like disease, poverty, hunger... lol. Morons.
63. 2010-09-05 20:07  
Fridae,this is racism against africa,how will u allow someone call africa moron and also that they were once slave,w kind of human right are u encouraging?

If africa say they do not want the bad habit of homosexuality and lesbianism in their children,who are we to force them?if u follow africa history and culture well,man having sex with man was first discovered in africa when the whiteman came to their land.
64. 2010-09-05 20:14  
@weekday,if bad and poor parenting made u develop the habit of homosexuality,do not try to force it on another country thet don't want it.,who do u think is the cause of proverty in africa,it is the developed world like america,uk,germeny,africa do not want their opression,so what do they do,create war for them.
65. 2010-09-07 08:33  
Ugandans' indiscriminate breeding has led to incessant poverty and overpopulation. Non-religious but straight Ugandans ought to engage solely in gay sex while straight and perfectly religious Ugandans ought to abstain from sex entirely in order to control their out-of-control population growth.
Comment edited on 2010-09-07 08:49:44
66. 2010-09-09 19:16  
I think the LGBT community should build a network of lawyers across jurisdictions to study the possibility of suing him in jurisdictions where his actions would be deemed to be either criminal or have led to emotional or economic losses to any individual. This would then not only shame him but restrict the number of countries that he may visit freely on non-diplomatic passport.
67. 2010-09-09 20:27  
#50 - Pls re-read our comments carefully...except for those 'golliwog' & 'baboon' remarks that are every bit as racist, vile & distasteful as David Bahati, the rest of us are in fact mocking @ this clown bahaving badly...and the damage he's done to his country - and his very own people - in the process. We are NOT mocking @ Africans/black people , their culture, or their countries...too much political-correctness is always a BAD idea - it reeks of dishonesty.
68. 2010-09-17 13:35  
i want to add this, if africa say they do not want something lets respect them, when most asia countries make it a death sentence to sell or carry hard drug to their country, which of u commented, so if africa choose to do the same, that is because they see what we do as hard drug to them.
69. 2011-02-01 19:59  
AAgain, another proved that homosexual has been a victim of religious and political and another proved that some politicians, religious used homosexual for their Religious and Political Conspiracy.
It happed in many Conservative countries, by many toxic religious and Evil politicians.

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