Published on March 3, 2014 | by Juliet Atto

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The gospel of hate

Juliet Atto [Photo: Emanuele Giovagnoli]

Juliet feels that some Western missionaries travel to third world countries to brainwash the people there with their ‘unchristian messages of hate.’  [Emanuele Giovagnoli]

Remember that unbelievable ‘eat the poo poo’ video that went viral a few years ago?

I bet many of us laughed at the Ugandan pastor at his attempt to teach a group of fellow Ugandans about gay people and how they have sex.

A member of the LGBTQ community myself, even I laughed at the incredulous hate speech that seemed so ignorant and outlandish it just couldn’t be true.

Watching it I thought: ‘People cannot actually feel or think this way in the 21st century’.

But alas, they do, and worse than these thoughts are the actions taken by Uganda, alongside India, to tackle ‘homophobic offences.’

India decided to make homosexual sex illegal in December of last year, sentencing people to ten years in prison if caught in the act.

Unfortunately, not a lot of attention was paid to this in the media, but now all eyes are on Uganda and their president’s signing of a bill that will sentence people committing homosexual acts with up to life in prison.

Influence of the West

Uganda and India are both former British colonies, and the anti-gay sex law that passed in India was from a law the British imposed in the 19th century.

Both of these countries have been independent of British rule for decades, but the influence of the West is still prevalent in the worst way.

It’s no coincidence that these human rights violations happen in mostly underdeveloped countries, as they are susceptible to outsider influence.

There are many missionaries from the West that come to third world countries to genuinely help the poor and educate the people.

However, not much is talked about the American missionaries, evangelical extremists in particular, that come to not spread light but to spread disease.

They go to these places because they are not being taken seriously in America due to their outdated views.

Instead, they go to vulnerable countries such as Uganda and India, and essentially brainwash the people with their unchristian message of hate.

You, of course, don’t have to be Ugandan, Indian or represent any letter in LGBTQ to feel disgusted by the injustice.  

I grew up in Sweden but I was born in Uganda. That is where my family is from and where my roots lie.

My view of the world and my ideologies are mainly Swedish but my flesh and blood is Ugandan.

When I look at the Ugandan people I see a resemblance of myself, from the colour of my skin to the features on my face, but when I hear some of them speak it’s in a voice so foreign it’s hard for me to believe my connection to them.

The voice that they speak in is not even their own, but that of the people that have taken advantage of them and their idea of America being all-powerful and all-knowing because of their status in the world.

Of course Uganda’s President who signed the bill, Yoweri Museveni, is a grown man who should be able to make his own decisions and take full responsibility for his heinous actions, but one must look at the root in order to understand the tree.

Museveni even admitted this week to CNN that his perception of homosexuality is based on what people told him.

He hasn’t actually sat down and taken the time to talk to people that he doesn’t understand so that he can understand them.

He has based his decision on hearsay and fear of the unknown.

Impressionable minds

When a mind is weak it is impressionable, and weakness comes from feeling inferior, something many people of the third world feel to Westerners.

Although Museveni also says that he thinks the West needs to respect ‘African values’ and leave Uganda alone, it seems as if Museveni and other African and Asian leaders have already allowed such influence.

I have yet to return to my birthplace and country of origin, but one day I would love to.

However, when I go I would have to hide a big part of who I am because the land that made me does not accept people like me.

I can’t help but to think had my family decided to stay instead of move to Sweden for a better life, would I have been one of those girls getting raped, impregnated and infected with the HIV virus so they can be ‘cured’ from their attraction to the same sex?

Propsperity

Every country is a piece of the world and if one isn’t working, none of it is.

My heart goes out to the Ugandans left behind without the powers that I was blessed with: the power to be myself. The power to be free.

Millions of Ugandans, Indians, Russians and people from many other countries are stripped of their birth right because of the mental corruption of their leaders that leads to the mental corruption of the people.

Their leaders, who are meant to represent them and guide them to prosperity, are instead allowing themselves to be coerced into hatred that will further divide and damage their people who have already experienced enough hardship.

You, of course, don’t have to be Ugandan, Indian or represent any letter in LGBTQ to feel disgusted by the injustice.

One only has to be human to understand that this is wrong.

Every country is a piece of the world and if one isn’t working, none of it is.

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