Franklin Graham | Alamy | 17169
Opposition is growing to a visit to the UK by Franklin Graham, the son of famous preacher Billy Graham. Franklin Graham is accused of hate speech for his past remarks about gay people.
Several MPs and a government minister have urged the home secretary to consider refusing UK entry to Mr Graham. Some suggest his comments contravene British laws on hate speech. A petition against his visit has more than 4,600 signatures.
For a number of years Your Activist has received word from gay people in Uganda about the persecution they faced. Your Activist’s advice was always to get to a place of safety.
Apollo Kimuli and Barnabas Wobiliya have done just that and have spoken to the Salt Lake Tribune about their lives.
The slurs came at the young boy like barbs.
Sometimes the word hurled his way from other kids was “guera,” meaning “girl” in the dialect of his native Ugandan village. At other times, it was “mudiga,” a word used for gay people, he said.
“I used to talk like a girl … walk like a girl. I used to be in the company of girls, so they called me all sorts of names, because I was expressing like a girl,” said Barnabas, … who remembers being about 10 when the teasing began.
A 2016 report by the U.S. State Department criticized Uganda for its human- and civil-rights failures, including violence and discrimination against women, children and other marginalized groups, including the LGBTQ community.
Your Activist is glad so many people have escaped persecution in Uganda, and hopes that conditions in Uganda will improve soon.
Romania is gearing up to hold a referendum to amend the constitution to prohibit gay marriage, a move that civil rights groups warn could put the country on an “illiberal” path alongside the likes of Hungary and Poland, writes Politico.
Romania’s civil code forbids same-sex marriage, and civil partnerships have not been introduced.
The planned vote — which could be held as early as November — is the result of a campaign by “Coalition for Family,” which brings together more than 40 groups, many of them religious or describing themselves as “pro-life.” They gathered more than 3 million signatures to force a referendum.
A West Auckland pastor has delivered a sermon calling for gay people to be shot.
Westcity Bible Baptist Church pastor Logan Robertson agrees his comments are hate speech but is unapologetic.
Footage posted online at the end of July shows Robertson making highly offensive comments against homosexuals.
Unrepentant when contacted by a newspaper, Robertson said he did not deny his words were hate speech. “Of course it is. Does it sound like hate speech to
you? If the world thinks that’s hate speech then that’s fine.”
The Liverpool Echo sent a reporter undercover to investigate a so called church in Liverpool offering gay cure therapy.
The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry in Anfield was found offering gay people the chance to “cure” themselves of their homosexuality through a relentless prayer session involving three days without food or water.
The reporter was told by “Brother Michael” that being gay is biologically wrong, and that by undergoing prayer therapy [his sexuality] could be corrected to “allow him to marry and have children.”
A petition to make gay cure therapies illegal was rejected by the government, despite all major psychological professional bodies stating it had “the potential to cause harm”.
Your Activist repeats: Your sexuality cannot be changed. Over more than a hundred years, many different methods have been used to try to change people’s sexuality. Not a single one of them worked.
Colin Robert Houston | Belfast Telegraph | 17143
Colin Robert Houston, a pastor and baggage handler, who offered to “cure” a homosexual colleague and complained about a pink tin of deodorant left on his work locker, lost his claim for unfair dismissal and religious belief discrimination.
The behaviour of the former UUP council candidate and preacher was revealed at an industrial tribunal he took against his employer at Belfast International Airport.
A bumper sticker bearing the slogan “I’m so gay I can’t even drive straight”, was stuck to his car. He told an openly gay colleague that there was a cure for gayness.
All of his claims were dismissed. The tribunal ruled that in view of all the complaints against him the temptation to end his contract “must have been overwhelming”.
The Prime Minister has told the Church of England to “reflect” on allowing same-sex couples to marry in church. She also said her father, the Reverend Hubert Brasier, would have supported church blessings for gay couples. She believed her father “very much valued the importance of relationships of people affirming those relationships and of seeing stability in relationships and people able to be together with people that they love”.
Church of England priests are currently not allowed to marry gay couples in church or bless same-sex marriages, an issue which has split the church – progressives are pushing for greater inclusion of gay people while conservative evangelicals are resisting change.