Kindly contributed by Jair Trice
….And I Know Somebody Heard Him [Listen for David Kato]
by Jair, The Literary Masturbator
…and I know somebody heard him as they bludgeoned him with a hammer [Listen for David Kato]
Blood spurting from his body
His screams silenced by ignorance and fear [Listen for David Kato]
His cries for help muffled by the cloak of Christian colonialism[Listen for David Kato]
….and I know somebody heard him as he said, “I fear for my life” when they posted his name and image in the, “Rolling Stone” with the admonishment to, “hang them”
His voice fell on deaf ears [Listen for David Kato]
His death represents a dearth of compassion and unconditional love in a time when those should be valued more than diamonds and
...and I know somebody heard him as he joins the ancestors [Listen for David Kato]
The countless, nameless, faceless two-spirited beings that guide us and offers peace that passes all understanding
Safe from the harassment of government and those who claim a Christ that spreads a message of hate
Do you hear him? [Listen for David Kato]
I hear him
In the wind and rain
In the still small voice in my heart that says, “go on...”
Listen for David Kato, and all the others
Speak their names
Make their lives eternal & everlasting
We are all witnesses...
Now it's time to testify....
Violence Erupts at Kato Funeral
During the funeral in Mukono, Uganda, which was attended by about 300 people, according to Reuters, the pastor grabbed the mike and began screaming, provoking strong reaction from Kato’s friends.
"The world has gone crazy," the pastor said. "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."
As he screamed, “It is ungodly,” gay activists stormed the pulpit and grabbed the mike. They were wearing T-shirts featuring Kato's face with sleeves with gay pride colors.
"Who are you to judge others?" a female activist yelled. "We have not come to fight. You are not the judge of us. As long as he's gone to God his creator, who are we to judge Kato?"
Villagers then refused to bury Kato’s body, leading his friends to carry the body to his grave and bury it themselves.
Kato was the advocacy officer for Sexual Minorities Uganda. He was found brutally beaten to death Wednesday at his home.
He was one of many gay Ugandans threatened with death on the cover of Rolling Stonenewspaper in October 2010.