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By Michael P. Orsi
Edward Snowden should declare his patriotism in court
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - David Kato
The Ugandan government is seeking to ban 38 nongovernmental organizations that it accuses of promoting homosexuality — a move that critics say aims to divert attention from the administration's political troubles.
The bludgeoning death of a gay-rights activist here last month was greeted with worldwide condemnation, but over the past two weeks, it has galvanized anti-homosexual sentiment in this East African nation.
A prominent Ugandan gay rights activist whose picture was published by an anti-gay newspaper next to the words "Hang Them" was bludgeoned to death after receiving multiple threats, officials said Thursday.
During Kato's funeral, the presiding Anglican pastor shocked those in attendance when he called on gays to repent or else be "punished by God."
"We've never been safe, but the threats are growing," she said, adding that institutions that would be expected to defend gays' struggle for equality have distanced themselves from the cause.