Invisible Children and “Kill the Gays” Pastor Martin Ssempa

by: The Qu

Kony 2012 appears to have more skeletons in their closet than hiding finances. It seems that there may be a connection between Invisible Children, the organization responsible for Kony 2012, and Martin Ssempa, the anti-gay pastor in Uganda who advocates the “Kill the Gays” bill.

Primer on Ssempa (from Wikipedia):

Martin Ssempa (born 1968) is a Ugandan pastor and activist, founder of the Makerere Community Church. He rejects separation of church and state, opposes the usage of condoms to prevent HIV contraction and supports abstinence plus fidelity education in the fight against sexual diseases.[3][4] Ssempa claims to be leading a crusade to “kick sodomy out of Uganda, endorsing proposed legislation in Uganda that makes certain homosexual acts punishable by life in prison or even, in some cases, death.”

Ssempa has advocated a cessation of tribal rivalries and hatred in Uganda.[10] He is a strong advocate of the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill that includes the death penalty for gay men and lesbians.[11] Ssempa champions the bill by showing gay pornography in his church and at conferences.[12] U.S. President Barack Obama has referred to the bill as “odious”.[12]

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Ssempa’s international influence has been exhibited through his work with a branch of the United States Agency for International Development, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Because of his involvement in light of the anti-gay bill he backs in his own country, PEPFAR has been labeled by gay and lesbian support groups as promoting homophobia.[15][16]

In addition to his anti-gay agenda, Ssempa has co-authored Uganda’s 2004 “Abstinence and Being Faithful” AIDS policy; this policy is a revision of the previous “ABC Program” — Abstinence, Being Faithful, and Condom Usage. As well, he is a special representative of the Task Force on AIDS of Ugandan First Lady Janet Museveni.[15] Ssempa has testified before the United States Congress on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa.[17]

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