Is American money behind the Ugandan tabloid linking gays and terrorism?
Warning: If you click out to the link SDGLN details the bizarre and grotesque hate claims and smears against Gays in Uganda in their full graphic detail. You can hear some of these outrageous claims echoed in some wingnut blogs here in the US with only slightly less intensity.
Ssempa has been reported as receiving funding from a number of overseas evangelical Christian sources, although this is declining. Box Turtle Bulletin also reports that another Ugandan newspaper which has been publishing anti-gay articles, The Onion, carried a article yesterday quoting Ssempa saying that “since he waged war on bum drillers, funds slipping into his church project have drastically dwindled.”
Due to the exposure by a number of mostly American journalists of Ssempa’s role in the promotion of the proposed ‘kill the gays’ Anti-Homosexuality Bill, over the last year several of his American evangelical backers have dropped their support. However he is still backed by among others Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas, Nev., and Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma. As well as money, Warren Throckmorton reports that Canyon Ridge are helping Rev. Ssempa with his media statements.
Now, in an at first glance bizzare twist the July bombings of a Kampala rugby club and an Ethiopian restaurant by the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab is being blamed on gays.