I want to recognize a new hero and martyr to the cause: David Kato, a marked man in Uganda, where some very confused evangelical Christians from the USA have taken liberty to espouse and promote a strident kind of anti-gay rhetoric (which they are denying today).
David Kato was marked because he is an outspoken LGBTQ activist. From the NYT.com:
As the most outspoken gay rights advocate in Uganda, a country where homophobia is so severe that Parliament is considering a bill to execute gay people, Mr. Kato had received a stream of death threats, his friends said. A few months ago, a Ugandan newspaper ran an antigay diatribe with Mr. Kato’s picture on the front page under a banner urging, “Hang Them.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Kato was beaten to death with a hammer in his rough-and-tumble neighborhood. Police officials were quick to chalk up the motive to robbery, but members of the small and increasingly besieged gay community in Uganda suspect otherwise.
Let us pray...