I was told to watch an interesting documentary called The Worlds Worst Place to be Gay with Scott Mills.  Scott travels to Uganda to explore their views of homosexuality and discovers just how horrendous it is to be gay there.  The media regularly prints headlines with gay men and women being outed and encouraging them to be hanged, beaten and murdered.  This is seen as the norm in Uganda due to the deeply religious culture based on Christianity.  Pastors are funded to keep promoting hate towards gays with their congregations by Christian Evangelagists determined to spread their ignorant hate across the world.  When interviewing teenagers at a local school they admit to getting their views towards gays from their Pastor and it's a shame as this is the next generation being conditioned to hate gay people for no reason other than it is a sin in the bible.

They believe like many ignorant Christians that gay people choose to be gay which is ridiculous as I bet you the gay Ugandans would have given anything to feel what their people call "normal".  They even resort to going to see a Witch Doctor who claims they can cure them by wiping a wet chicken about their body, chanting a bit and spitting water at them.  Scott even gives this a go and just looks humiliated whilst this is happening, very brave indeed!

What made me quite angry about this documentary is how the Ugandans have been deceived through the ages and been conditioned to believe in the Bible.  Of course this is the same for anyone in the world who has been convinced that a book written by over 1,600 years by at least 40 authors.  How anyone managed to convince the world this was the word of God is beyond me but it seems the bibles history in creation isn't discussed much, it's just stupidly accepted as the word of God. 

So whilst the Ugandans have been conditioned to believe in the Bible, they are just like Christians around the world cherry picking what is to be taken literally and what isn't.  The gay part from Leviticus of course is taken literally and people are paying for that with their lives being ruined or cut short. 

How long are we going to put up with religion harming humanity?  Watching this documentary and others which reflect the suffering people go through in the name of God in various forms is sickening and unless we start demanding that this end, this will continue.  Do we really have to be passive about this when debating or putting content on the web?  Do we really have to be open minded and let others influence and harm others with their belief systems?  It's all debatable but i'm beginning to think that shaming people who believe in such stuff is a good option as the shame can be very motivating to move away from which means moving away from harmful beliefs.

If we continue to take the passive route then are we not simply letting more people suffer in the mean time?

Would love your thoughts.

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Tags: Scott Mills, christianity, ugandans, world's worst place to be gay

Comment by Paul Sheppard on March 8, 2011 at 4:38pm
Thanks and thanks again for putting link to documentary, it really is an eye opener.
Comment by Heather Spoonheim on March 8, 2011 at 5:53pm
Thinking about the role religion plays in the hatred in Uganda leaves me wondering where the line of blame lay between the people filled with hatred and the religion that induces that hatred. The religion itself, after all, is nothing more than the people who subscribe to it. Religion is not just an outside influence on Uganda, the Ugandans themselves propagate it along with the hatred.
Comment by Paul Sheppard on March 9, 2011 at 6:16am
I'm sure that plays a part Heather but we can't also dismiss how fear of being burnt in a hell forever is part of the conditioning to behave this way.  From their childhoods they are bombarded through their church, parents and their media how disgusting and sinful certain things are.  This has a huge effect on the way they see and behave in the world.
Comment by Heather Spoonheim on March 9, 2011 at 7:32am
Doesn't that apply to most theists?  Can we absolve the Pope because he was indoctrinated to that cult with terrifying imagery used to traumatize him in this childhood?
Comment by Paul Sheppard on March 9, 2011 at 8:33am
Yes it does apply to most theists.  I remember just how powerful spiritual conditioning is and how it really effects the mind.  I would say that it isn't the Popes fault he believes what he does.  It's really easy now as an atheist to wonder what on earth these people are doing when it comes to religion and forget how it influenced me.  I know it wasn't my fault and I am happy that my career led me out of it, for those whose career is religious or spiritual it must be much harder to break free or be exposed to information which challenges their beliefs.  I was challenged by myself and others and the hypocrisy and guilt made me re think my beliefs which is why I question the soft approach.
Comment by Albert Bakker on March 13, 2011 at 4:32am

Sure the wonderful blessings of Christianity washes over Uganda. The homophobia flare up is no coincidence, as was referred to several times in the documentary. Direct personally responsible for this anti-human, poisonous and lethal outpouring of love for Jesus visited upon Uganda are:

1. Caleb Lee Brundidge

2. Scott Lively

3. Don Schmierer

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/04/world/africa/04uganda.html

Comment by Albert Bakker on March 13, 2011 at 4:55am

Oh damnation the most important link has not survived the editing frenzy:

http://teapotatheism.blogspot.com/2010_01_01_archive.html

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