Stone LGBT Ugandans to death? The Bible says what?

Change is in the wind.

In Europe and North America, there’s increasing recognition of the human rights of LGBT people.

Countries where homosexual activity is illegal.
Countries where homosexual activity is illegal. (Click image for list with links to each country’s news.)

But in Africa, hatred is on the upswing. Some anti-gay Christians even believe that LGBT people should be killed, that that’s what God wants.

What’s to be done? Here’s a discussion with one such Christian. The discussion began when Daniel D. submitted a comment in response to the blog post “2 Ugandans face trial on gay-sex charges.” In his comment, he stated:

“Do the world a favor and stone them to death.”

I e-mailed him:

“Dear Daniel,

“I won’t publish a comment that calls for people to be killed.

“– Colin Stewart, editor of the Erasing 76 Crimes blog.”

Daniel wrote back:

“Why not? The Bible calls for the stoning of the sexually immoral in both the Old and New Testaments.”

I replied:

“Here’s the reason:

“Because I believe that two commands from Jesus take precedence over those harsh edicts elsewhere in the Bible. Those commands are:

” ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

” ‘Judge not, that ye be not judged.’ “

Daniel responded:

“Jesus himself also says (Matthew 19:28), ‘Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.’

“Sexual immorality (incest, pedophilia, homosexuality) have to be suppressed in society. The specific instruction is public execution.”

I replied:

“Seriously, Dan. That’s a reference to an envisioned future, not the present.

“I doubt that you’re saying that you’re now sitting on one of the twelve thrones along with the Son of Man, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

That’s the entire discussion, so far.

I don’t really expect my words will persuade Daniel and others who believe as he does to embrace love rather than hate.  I’m more hopeful for simple face-to-face encounters between gay and straight, which have helped change many people’s hearts and minds.

Do you have other suggestions?

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at

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