Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Suspect in David Kato's murder pulling 'gay panic' card, right-wing gloats

There is now a suspect in the murder of Ugandan activist David Kato. What's more, he seem to be pulling an old anti-gay card, i.e. the "gay panic" defense:

A man whom police arrested yesterday on allegations of killing David Kato, a human rights activist, has reportedly told police that the deceased coerced him into sodomy.

 . . .Police spokesperson Judith Nabakooba said the suspect had been hiding in Nakabago village, Mukono District. “It is true the suspect has been arrested but we need to record his statement first before giving a formal statement,” Ms Nabakooba said yesterday. But a police source, who preferred anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the press, said the suspect confessed to killing Kato because he was reportedly tired of engaging in homosexual practices.

“We have taken him to Mukono Magistrate’s Court to record an extrajudicial statement,” the source said. “He told us that he killed Kato after he failed to give him a car, a house and money he promised as rewards for having sex with him,” the source said.

 . . . The suspect allegedly told the police he got tired of having sex with Kato but the latter would not have any of his excuses. “The suspect said he left the bedroom, went to a store and picked a hammer which he used to hit him [Kato] while he was still in bed,” the source said. The death of Kato was condemned by the international community as an attack on the gay community.

Doesn't this man's claims remind you of the initial claims of Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, the murderers of Matthew Shepard?

Oh he hit on us.

We were so upset because that homosexual was making advances upon us.

We felt threatened.

In other words, it's the old tired story again - i.e. the dirty nasty fa@!* got what he deserved because he wouldn't take no for an answer.

Meanwhile, some on the right seem to be taking this moment to engage in a bit of unrestrained, un-Christian, and HIGHLY improvable gloating.

Take the Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber for instance:

So in  Barber's world, a country (Uganda) having a history of persecuting lgbts should be believed when it claims that brutal murder of one of these lgbts - who just happened to be speaking out against said persecution - was the possible result of a "lover's quarrel."


You see that's the thing I love about Barber. No matter how much he talks about "redemption through Christianity" and "love of Jesus," you can always count on his horns and tail to come through.

He would do well to remember Matthew 7:16: "You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?

And while we are in the field of right-wing vitriol, Scott Lively - whose appearance in Uganda two years ago most likely helped to lead to where we are now - published a piece yesterday entitled "Murder in Uganda." 

It's not exactly pro-lgbt:
Uganda is being murdered. The nation once called “The Pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill, a lush and beautiful country as fertile as the Nile Delta.

. . .The murderers are the lavender Marxists, the now-global network of sexual revolutionaries bent on remaking the entire world in their own perverted image, whose juggernaut has toppled even once mighty Britain, crushing under their lavender boots after eight centuries the symbol of its Christian power: the Magna Carta, whose first principle had proclaimed “The English church must be free!”

These revolutionists of Sodom, who march triumphantly through all the major cities of the western world to flaunt their defeat of moral law, and who hold both Hollywood and the heart of America’s president in their iron grip: These very same zealots have fixed their malevolent gaze on Christian Uganda.

So much for his whiny attempts at playing defense last week. Lively seems to think that the coast is clear for him to embrace the homophobia he employed during his trip to Uganda two years ago, the same trip which led to the climate that led to Kato's murder.

I don't know what possessed Lively and Barber to make their statements, but what I do know is this:

I don't think Jesus exists in their worlds.

Or at least not the version many of us have been brought up to believe in and love.

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Tom said...

Lively is particularly and fundamentally vile. Barber is merely inept at the twitter syntax. Happily, I can't understand what he's talking about.

Tom said...

Neither of these two writers have addressed how the colonialist, fundamentalist meddling have contributed to the hatred of and dehumanizing atmosphere for gays in Africa.