It would be amusing to watch these evangelical ministers try to crawfish their way out of their connections to Uganda's treatment of gays and lesbians, amusing if people weren't dying, that is. And I have absolutely no confidence that they'll take away anything helpful from this experience, even if they say things like "I feel duped,” and "Some of the nicest people I have ever met are gay people.” Because even now, even faced with the reality that they have helped enrage a population to the point where they are ready to murder people for being gay, they're not backing down from their essential claims: that gay people can be converted to heterosexuality, and that gays recruit children into their lifestyle. Even seeing the sort of hatred their teachings can foster isn't enough to make them reconsider their point of view, which makes their claims that they didn't want something like this to happen ring a little hollow.

These three men--Scott Lively, Caleb Lee Brundige and Don Schmierer--have made a living spreading lies and more importantly, fear about gays and lesbians, not just in the US, but around the world. But now that there's a government which wants to take their claims to their violent but logical conclusion, they want to back away? No way--you own this. If you tell enough people, loudly and with a cocktail of religious argument and pseudo-science to back your claims, that a group is a threat to them, then you can't be surprised when some of those people decide to act on that threat. It doesn't even take that many of them--they just need to either be really committed or they need to be connected. Sound familiar? I just described Operation Rescue, especially in the early days. I just described al Qaeda. Only now the target isn't abortion doctors or the Great Satan--it's the LGBT community in Uganda.

And I hope both the US and other donor countries who provide aid to Uganda tell its government that its "compromise" to change the death penalty for being gay to simply life in prison isn't good enough. The law needs to disappear completely or the aid stops.

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