The “moral” nation of Uganda has time to persecute LGBT people by padlocking gay bars and promoting its barbaric Anti-Homosexuality Bill — yet it doesn’t have the will to stop child sacrifice?

The villages and farming communities that surround Uganda’s capital, Kampala, are gripped by fear. Schoolchildren are closely watched by teachers and parents as they make their way home from school. In playgrounds and on the roadside are posters warning of the danger of abduction by witch doctors for the purpose of child sacrifice.

A BBC investigation has discovered that many cases of child sacrifice in Uganda are not being followed up by the police and little is being done to protect potential victims. According to a major report released by the charity Jubilee Campaign, around 900 Ugandan children have fallen victim to the practice. The ritual, which some believe brings wealth and good health, was almost unheard of in the country until around three years ago, but it has re-emerged, seemingly alongside a boom in the country’s economy.

It has also coincided with the nation’s boom in fundamentalist Christianity exported from American hate groups. I’m not saying that these fundamentalist organizations support this practice. However, when a nation is infused with anachronistic myths and ancient superstitions this is the inevitable path. When people are taught to do spiritual warfare and believe in invisible demons — this can only contribute to a culture of mass delusion.

Have you ever noticed the more anti-gay a country is, the more superstitious, cruel, corrupt, and backward it is? As thugs like MP David Bahati and Rev. Martin Ssempa hunt down innocent homosexuals who are  harming no one, witch doctors are abducting and murdering kids. This shows you how misplaced the priorities are of the self-righteous Ugandan mob that runs this country. We can only hope that Uganda takes police off the gay bashing beat and moves them to a place where they are really needed — like the Child Sacrifice Vice Squad.

It is time that Ugandan society turns away from illogical and incoherent belief systems, expels hateful foreign evangelical thug-preachers, and returns to the reality based community.