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Thursday, January 14, 2010
Knight Doesn't Quite Condemn Execution of Gays in Uganda
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A Jan. 13 WorldNetDaily column by Robert Knight of Coral Ridge Ministries runs to the defense of anti-gay preachers who were caught spreading their anti-gay hatred in Uganda, which has led to a law permitting the execution of homosexuals. But it's more what Knight doesn't say than what he does.

Knight insists that Scott Lively and his companions are "honest and courageous men who, out of Christian compassion, dare to tell the truth about homosexuality," and that a New York Times editorial calling them out for helping to "feed this hatred" in Uganda contains "wild, unsubstantiated charges; villains; hysterical calls for action; and a smug, holier-than-thou tone that would put 'Saturday Night Live''s Church Lady to shame."

In fact, the editorial does back up its claims -- a companion Times article (unmentioned by Knight) detailing how Lively and Co., in their Uganda visit, "discussed how to make gay people straight, how gay men often sodomized teenage boys and how 'the gay movement is an evil institution' whose goal is 'to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity.'"

The Times, Knight asserts, "ignores the Christian men's pointed criticisms of the proposed Uganda law." He goes on to rant that there are "militant gay activists in the newsrooms." Knight continues:

The current homosexuality bill is seriously flawed. It contains such overreaches as jail terms for people who do not report homosexual activity and life imprisonment for people who engage in the behavior. But the Times and the Post go beyond criticizing the harsher aspects of the law and attack the underlying concern of Ugandans to defend marriage and family, avoid the corruption of their children and put the brakes on AIDS and other diseases.

Missing from Knight's column: any mention of the fact that the bill would permit the death penalty for homosexual behavior. Also missing: any condemnation of that. Life sentences are "overreaches," but the death penalty isn't?

Knight concludes by complaining that the media "outinely depict pro-marriage Americans as motivated solely by hatred and prejudice, never by genuine, heartfelt concerns." How is condoning the death penalty for sexual behavior you don't like, as Knight appears to be doing, be seen as "heartfelt"?

Posted by Terry K. at 1:50 AM EST

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