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30 Dec 2010

Anti-LGBT Ugandan Pastor Martin Ssempa charged with blackmail

Uganda's notorious Pastor Martin Ssempa is one of eight anti-gay Christian activists who have been charged for allegedly conspiring to blackmail and injure the reputation of another pastor by accusing him of sexual assault of another man.

Uganda's notorious "eat da poo poo" Pastor Martin Ssempa, who infamously tells national audiences that the preferred sexual practice of gay men is eating human feces, has been charged with attempting to blackmail another pastor.

Pastor Martin Ssempa, who campaigns actively for Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill, is also widely known for showing and giving graphic descriptions of what he thinks gay sex is at his Ugandan church to "horrify" his audience.

The investigation reportedly began last year when allegations involving Pastor Robert Kayanja of Kampala's Rubaga Miracle Centre Cathedral surfaced, but those claims were later retracted, and now Ssempa and others are themselves being investigated.

Uganda's New Vision news website reports on Dec 30 that Pastors Ssempa, Solomon Male, Michael Kyazze and Bob Kayiira are supposed to appear in court on January 4. Also to appear are Anita Kyomuhendo, a State House employee, and one David Mukalazi. Two city advocates, Henry Ddungu and David Kaggwa, who were originally charged along with the six, were later dropped from the charge sheet due to lack of evidence.

According to Uganda's Daily Monitor website, Sempa is accused of hiring one Robson Matovu to blackmail Kayanja. The court heard that Male reportedly gave Matovu a signed and stamped affidavit implicating Kayanja while Kayanja's 19-year-old accuser Samson Mukisa was reportedly promised necessities on condition that he would speak publicly on how Kayanja had sodomised him.

Local media reports quoted a police report indicating that complaints of sodomy against Kayanja did not reveal any evidence the offences. “In retracting their statements, the complainants said they had been mobilised to make false accusations against Kayanja in order to tarnish his name,” reads a report.

This development comes after various international headlines Ssempa has recently made regarding his strong support of the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill that would make same-sex sexual relations punishable by life imprisonment or death, and anyone who doesn't report a known homosexual within 24 hours will be subject to imprisonment.

Ssempa is also widely known for showing and giving graphic descriptions of what he thinks gay sex is at his Ugandan church to "horrify" his audience.

Meanwhile, Jim Burroway, editor of the Box Turtle Bulletin blog, which has been following the developments of the proposed bill in Uganda very closely, notes that the rivalries between the pastors are "so complex that it takes some diagramming to keep it all straight" as well as the implications of this story in the context of Uganda’s current political climate.

“Public charges of sodomy are a common way to settle political and other scores in Uganda. Should the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill become law with its death penalty and other heightened penalties for advocacy on behalf of LGBT people or failure to report gay people to police, such conspiracies will increase and carry far greater dangers. The bill will mean that no one will be safe, including straight people.”

"We Do Not Want This Sickness. Eat Da Poo Poo."
Pastor Martin Ssempa says as he demonstrates fisting and rimming, 
and shows graphic images of gay sex on a computer
to a roomful of journalists and religious leaders:

To watch Missionaries of Hate, a 40-minute film by Vanguard's 
Mariana van Zeller which documents the influence of US
evangelical Christians on Uganda's anti-gay bill, click here.

Reader's Comments

1. 2010-12-30 18:43  
Don't cha just love the way these dead beat christians always totally F*(k up (;-O)
Comment edited on 2010-12-30 18:45:40
Comment #2 was deleted by its author on 2010-12-30 18:45
3. 2010-12-30 19:43  
Theres a shock..... A "man of god" who is only righteous when it suits him.
4. 2010-12-30 21:07  
May he rot in HELL!
5. 2010-12-30 21:38  
"Ssempa is also widely known for showing and giving graphic descriptions of what he thinks gay sex is at his Ugandan church to "horrify" his audience.

I think that man is full of "da poo poo" and gets his kicks from "da poo poo". Scat boy, scat! You can't fool us.
6. 2010-12-30 22:38  
I think he needs to be told how true Christians do it, not demonstrate how he thinks gays do it!!!
He obviously hasn't the faintest idea about the teachings of his professed religion. Nor, come to that, any perception of how civilized human beings should behave!
Comment edited on 2010-12-30 22:42:06
Comment #7 was deleted by its author on 2010-12-30 22:40
8. 2010-12-31 00:20  
he's just bitter he doesn't get to participate in his own poo-poo fest
9. 2010-12-31 00:41  
He can go to hell for all his worth. Not worthy to be a the man in robes to spread that kind of blasphemy
Comment #10 was deleted by its author on 2010-12-31 00:53
11. 2010-12-31 01:20  
This business of using trumped-up charges of sodomy to destroy someone politically sure isn't an unknown thing here in Malaysia.

If anyone wonders how I can be an agnostic, stories like this are part of the answer. The other (much larger) part of it is just empiricism and logic, but things like this really make me actively despise organized religion.
Comment edited on 2010-12-31 01:22:23
12. 2010-12-31 01:28  
Once again, here on Fridae, as elsewhere, I'm a bit annoyed at Christian-bashing going on. Why is it necessary to mock Christians? What relevance does a whole Faith have in connection what one Individual weird guy is 'preaching'? It's just unecessary and a bit gratuitous to take a pop at Christianity because of That guy. And, for the record, I'm an unshakable atheist - however, I don't like to see Any religion pointlessly denigrated. Criticise the Man, Not the Faith...
Comment edited on 2010-12-31 01:29:40
13. 2010-12-31 07:53  
Not just the Christians - Mahattir did the same in Malaysia........religion sucks!!! Gives the A-holes of this earth a platform!!
14. 2010-12-31 09:02  
If he is a REAL pastor, he should have a compassion love for mankind, and never does that.

He must be a FAKE pastor who only searches for popularity and money.
15. 2010-12-31 09:29  
Well, hopefully it will get better. This martin ssempa is a true example of pure evil. I cant help wondering where he got the porn and indeed the information on gay sexual practises from??? Pure research? me thinks not!
16. 2010-12-31 10:13  
What do u expect from Uganda? No wonder the whole nation remains poor and undeveloped. How come their God does not feed them and letting them living far below acceptable quality of life? Well, perhaps God is punishing them because they against gay and kill people base on sexual orientation. They wanna be God, so God let them live like hell life in 21st century.
17. 2010-12-31 10:31  
There is temptation to experience it without doing it so he goes "graphic" format. =P
Also ... Christian used to avoid using "condom", instead had "anal" sex method to prevent pregnancy in the ancient time... so what is the different between anal sex with man and woman ? they both are the same hole ? ..
Dear Pastor... you already failed becoming a good pastor, you also fail to become a movie director and you also fail as graphic media instructor only to find out you could not directed the exact action between a tingus meet the lingus.... how embarassing.....FAIL ! totally!
Comment #18 was deleted by an administrator on 2010-12-31 13:03
19. 2010-12-31 13:42  
looking forward to him getting his kicked ass into jail and "eat da poo poo"!
20. 2011-01-01 00:52  
I think people should be free to believe in whatever they want, as long as that believe does not impede on other people's right to believe in (or not believe in) whatever.

The problem I have with organised religion is that it is so open to abuse and corruption. When you cannot question something, or even mock something, when you hold it to be "from god", when it is full of ambiguous laws and teachings, you have a system where those in charge can twist and interpret to suit their own very human biases and needs - whether these be financial, egoistical, sociopathic or righteous (by their own definition).

And the believers, the flock, by default tend to quietly accept (and thereby tacitly approve) of those actions because they cannot or dare not question something supposedly directed from god.

And when you have a large enough base of sheep, and where these sheep then find work in secular government, you suddenly find that democracy itself has been subverted where the majority can and do impeded on the rights of a minority.

And thus you have a fucked up society. Underpinned by the dangers and flaws of organised religion. It is human nature. It has nothing to do with god.

Is this bashing religion? Or pointing out a real social threat to our civilisation? One that can be easily ameliorated - by making it OK to question, mock and openly discuss religious beliefs and how they affect the wider society.
21. 2011-01-01 00:53  
Oh yes and may pastor eat da poo poo get everything that's coming to him in 2011. If there is a god...
22. 2011-01-01 03:52  
when a car is involved in an accident, we have to check the driver first. if the driver has a record of being ethical on the road, and proven that he was road-worthy when the accident happened, then we look at the car.

same goes for religion.

when we see religion being used as a mean to oppress someone, we have to take a look at the person who is carrying the banner (not the Prophet. what i mean here is the person who is leading the oppression). if the person is morally, mentally, and ethically sound, then something is wrong with the religion. if it is otherwise, we should focus the guns on the person, not the religion itself.

religion on its own is neither harmful nor beneficial. it is just like a gun, or a fork, or a samurai sword. but in the hands of a lunatic, it is more dangerous than any weapon of mass-destruction.

sekian, assalamualaikum :)
23. 2011-01-01 04:12  
I don't think religion on it's own is neither harmful nor beneficial. Religion is very harmful, and gives its followers permission to engage in the most outrageous and egregious behavior and attitudes.

Individual belief and ethics can be okay, and I'd never presume to say that an individual's personal belief in a god or gods is bad. But as soon as it becomes codified and ritualized into an organized religion, it can only be judged on the least of its worth. After all, Ssempa didn't invent the anti-gay mindset, he learned it from the way established religion manifests its hatred of gay people.

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