A leading Anglican bishop who fled Uganda after receiving death
threats blamed U.S. Christian evangelical groups Tuesday for fomenting
anti-gay hatred in his native country.
"Often these visitors do more harm than good," Christopher Senyonjo
told a conference on gay rights in Uganda sponsored by the liberal
Center for American Progress.
The Ugandan government is considering legislation that would impose a
life sentence in prison or the death penalty on gays and lesbians
convicted of having sex and on those diagnosed with HIV.
After signs last year that the government was backing away from the
bill amid threats by Western countries to withdraw aid, Ugandan
President Yoweri Museveni last week told the New Vision, Uganda's
leading pro-government newspaper, that he was asking the clergy and
African leaders "to guard against Western culture, warning that the
continent will end up eaten by homosexuality if they relax."
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