Ugandan gay rights advocate David Kato beaten to death


Funeral Results in Confrontation Between Gay Rights and Anti-Gay Rights Groups

Violence erupted in Mukono, Uganda at the funeral of gay rights advocate David Kato, two days after the Ugandan activist was beaten to death with a hammer Jan. 26.

The religious rite was punctuated by a denunciation of homosexuality from the pulpit by the pastor, and the refusal of congregants in the village to bury Kato.

“The world has gone crazy,” the pastor said, according to Reuters. “People are turning away from the scriptures. They should turn back, they should abandon what they are doing. You cannot start admiring a fellow man.”

Those statements drew a sharp reaction from a crowd of 300 people that included about 100 gay supporters. Gay activists, some wearing t-shirts with Kato’s picture on them, stormed the podium, grabbing the microphone.

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