A number of what appear to be Christian leaders have taken part in a “hate march” against gay people in Uganda.
According to Gay Star News, the march took place in West Budama, east Uganda on Sunday.
In a video posted on YouTube, one pastor is heard shouting out “No gays!” which is repeated by the cheering crowd.
Later, another religious leader thanks Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni for signing the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
Gay Star News quotes him as saying: “We thank you! You have helped abolish the sin! Praise the Anti-Homosexuality Bill!”
None of the people seen in the video are identified and it’s not clear if the event was officially sanctioned by Christian churches in Uganda.
In June 2012, the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC), which represents Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox churches, issued a statement against “the phenomena of homosexuality, lesbianism and same-sex union.”
Shockingly, the spiritual leaders called on the Ugandan government “to speed-up the process of enacting the Anti-Homosexuality law.”
In January, the head of Uganda’s Anglican church, Bishop Stanley Ntagali, backed the Anti-Homosexuality Act, saying that it “frees our clergy and church leaders to… offer counselling, healing and prayer for people with homosexual disorientation, especially in our schools and other institutions of learning.”
Martin Ssempa, the notoriously anti-gay pastor who has championed the crackdown on gays and lesbians and claims that gay people eat faeces, is planning another anti-gay march in Kampala on 31 March.