The Canadian government has stopped funding to Crossroads, an Evangelical charity working in Uganda, for being homophobic.
According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation the charity that describes homosexuality as a ‘perversion’ and a ‘sin’ will receive no further funding until officials will investigate the organization.
Julian Fantino of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) tweeted: ‘I have asked officials to review this organization before further payments are made’.
CIDA has given $544,813 to Crossroads to ‘help dig wells, build latrines and promote hygiene awareness in Uganda’.
Until Tuesday, the organization’s website carried a list of ‘sexual sins’ deemed to be ‘perversion’: ‘Turning from the true and/or proper purpose of sexual intercourse; misusing or abusing it, such as in pedophilia, homosexuality and lesbianism, sadism, masochism, transvestism, and bestiality’.
It also asked ‘sinners’ to ‘repent’: ’God cares too much for you (and all of His children) to leave such tampering and spiritual abuse unpunished’.
Just hours after The Canadian Press contacted the group to ask a spokesperson about the site, the page in question disappeared from public view.
Last October, Canada’s foreign affairs minister, John Baird denounced abuses LGBT people, specifically signalling out Uganda’s ‘Kill The Gay’s Bill’ in a speech at an international conference in Quebec City.
Baird also mentioned the story of David Kato, an Ugandan gay-rights advocate who was bludgeoned to death in his own home.
The speech provoked an angry reaction from the head of the Ugandan delegation, Rebecca Kadaga, who accused Baird of ‘arrogance’ and ‘ignorance’ and demanded an apology.
Commenting on the news, Steve Foster, of the Quebec LGBT Council said: ‘It’s unacceptable that the government would accept that kind of organization as an international-co-operation organization.
‘Taxpayers’ money should not be used to finance religious groups working abroad, who furthermore contribute to the creation of discriminatory — even inhumane and dangerous — policy’.
Speaking with Gay Star News, Adebisi Alimi, an advocate for LGBT African rights, said: ‘I see this as a progressive decision from the part of Canada.
‘Any organisation taking money for international development should not be seen to be promoting hate and violence against vulnerable and marginalised group.
‘I hope that other countries will take a cue from this and review international funding to local organisations inciting hate all over the world in the name of religion.
‘However, I hope this will not affect international development money meant for budget supports or capital projects.’