Uganda Gay Activist Condemns American Religious Right For Exporting Homophobia

Uganda gay activist Frank Mugisha calls out American Evangelicals for exporting homophobia to Africa in today’s New York Times. “Thanks to the absurd ideas peddled by American fundamentalists, we are constantly forced to respond to the myth — debunked long ago by scientists — that homosexuality leads to pedophilia,” he writes. “In Uganda, American evangelical Christians even held workshops and met with key officials to preach their message of hate shortly before a bill to impose the death penalty for homosexual conduct was introduced in Uganda’s Parliament in 2009.” The measure was shelved after local and international outcry, but may come up again. [HT: Jim Burroway]