Evangelists: Isis On A Profit-Share
What happened to turn freedom-loving Brazil into the world’s most dangerous place to be gay? Incredibly, 1,500 people have been murdered in anti-LGBT hate attacks over the last four years. The actual count is likely to be a lot higher because these are just the figures officially held by police.
Likewise rising crime figures in Uganda, Russia, Nigeria, Belize and other countries are caused by an insidious homophobia engineered in America. US evangelicals are whipping up anti-gay fervour and have already transformed a hard-right religious 5 percent of the Brazilian population to nearly 25 percent today. Their leaders trained in the US and export the Christian right’s extreme homophobia to the Brazil.
It’s important to recognise that many Christians disapprove of them. Evangelists attempted to inspire hate in London (they can be found outside stations during rush hour) but they’ve met with no success.
These groups are run by people like Scott Lively from Springfield, Mass., who introduces himself as a leading expert on the ‘international homosexual agenda’, whatever that is. Millions of dollars have been funneled from anti-LGBT conservatives to Uganda, funding local pastors and training them. Uganda now has anti-homosexual laws thanks to them. In Russia, Putin passed a law that criminalizes distribution of ‘gay propaganda’ including any material that ‘equates the social value of traditional and nontraditional sexual relations.’
Of course, there’s money to be made from this, and Lively and his pals have their snouts deep in the trough. They work best in credulous, unsophisticated countries where their gibberish doctrines won’t be questioned very deeply and suit government agendas.
But as countries fall to the right in protests about being ignored by governments, hate crime gets a foothold. I spent enough of my life fighting for my rights. The worry is that those who haven’t will remain complacent until it’s too late – again.