By Melanie Nathan, March 20, 2015.
Prominent Ugandan anti-gay preacher, “Bishop” David Livingstone Kiganda, was greeted to a rowdy welcome when he arrived to speak at a London event. However it was not the welcome he had expected.
When Kiganda arrived at Commission Church, London, to preach last night, LGBTI Ugandan exiles were the first to meet the voracious homophobe, chanting “Shame on you Kiganda”.
As the Ugandan preacher walked from the car into the event, to the shouts of the crowd of protestors, he may have noticed that the event was almost empty and his greeters, the demonstrators, far outnumbered supporters. It was embarrassing.
Yes, he found more people protesting than people interested in hearing him preach. As he left the car to enter the building, the protestors crowded Kiganda with their signs close to his face, giving him a taste of what it feels like to be berated by a horde of people, emulating the experience of gays in Uganda.
Kiganda has held rallies in Uganda where guest clergy preached support for the Anti-Homosexuality Act, dubbed Uganda’s “Kill the Gays Bill.”
After the Bill was passed in 2013, it was invalidated by the Courts 8 months later. The day before the Bill was declared invalid because of the lack of a quorum in the Ugandan Parliament, Kiganda appeared on a prime time talk show – 93 Kingdom FM, Christian radio, where he declared:
” If gays win the court case tomorrow, trust me we are going to slaughter them, they are few in numbers and we know that.”
This call to kill gays by Kiganda contributed to the riling up of a massive amount of anti-gay sentiment, creating a dangerous anti-gay milieu in Uganda, leading to serious persecution suffered by hundreds of LGBTI Ugandans, some of whom were forced to leave their country and go into exile, with many still suffering the repercussions while awaiting resettlement as refugees.
One can only imagine how empowering and gratifying if must have felt for the protestors to face the demon who had caused so much hurt and pain to fellow Ugandans. And one can only admire how they were able to contain themselves to keep it peaceful, given that many had to run from their homes because of this so called “man of God” calling for their slaughter. I did not hear a single gay person call for Kiganda to be killed. Yet he would call for their death in a heartbeat, proving that gays are peace loving, decent and hurt no one.
Let this be a lesson to Kiganda and his supporters to stop wasting the thousands of pounds it costs to send the anti-gay Bishop to the United Kingdom, where he is not welcome and where no one is interested to hear his rants.
Perhaps next time he will be refused a visa.
One also wonders why the Bishop, so critical of Western values, especially the pro equality treatment of LGBTI people, would visit a country to which such little respect is shown.
It is interesting to note how supportive and friendly the London police officers were to the protestors, smiling in an understanding way.
Yes, indeed Kiganda certainly looked the fool!
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