Gospel of Intolerance
The filmmaker Roger Ross Williams reveals how money donated by American evangelicals helps finance a violent antigay movement in Uganda.
From 5 to 8 March 2009, a workshop took place in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, that featured three American evangelical Christians: Scott Lively, an author who has written several books opposing homosexuality; Caleb Lee Brundidge, a self-professed former gay man who conducts sessions to heal homosexuality; and Don Schmierer, a board member of Exodus International, an organisation devoted to promoting “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ. The theme of the conference, according to The New York Times, was the “gay agenda”: “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’ ”
American evangelicals such as Scott Lively and others have a history of involvement in Uganda where they focus their missionary work. As a result, they have become influential in the shaping of public policy in Uganda, Nigeria and, to a lesser extent, Kenya. Stephen Langa, the March 2009 workshop organiser, specifically cited an unlicensed conversion therapist named Richard A. Cohen, who states in Coming out Straight, that was given to Langa and other prominent Ugandans,
Homosexuals are at least 12 times more likely to molest children than heterosexuals; homosexual teachers are at least 7 times more likely to molest a pupil; homosexual teachers are estimated to have committed at least 25 percent of pupil molestation; 40 percent of molestation assaults were made by those who engage in homosexuality.
These statements were based on faulty studies performed by Paul Cameron, who has been expelled from the American Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the American Sociological Association, and Cohen confirmed their weaknesses, stating that when the book will be reprinted, these statistics will be removed.Pambazuka News stated “It’s worth noting that it costs a considerable amount of money, time and processes to table a private-member’s bill, which begs the question of how the MP from Kabale District
During March 2009, Scott Lively met with several legislators and Minister of Ethics and Integrity James Buturo. He followed his visit with a post to his blog saying that he was “overjoyed with the results of our efforts and predicted confidently that the coming weeks would see significant improvement in the moral climate of the nation, and a massive increase in pro-family activism in every social sphere. [Conference organiser Stephen Langa] said that a respected observer of society in Kampala had told him that our campaign was like a nuclear bomb against the ‘gay’ agenda in Uganda. I pray that this, and the predictions, are true.”
Note from Anthony Venn-Brown All Evangelicals and Pentecostals from Australia, the US and other countries should be aware of what is going on and if, even unknowingly their influence may be adding to deaths, beatings and untold suffering. If you have any influence it should be for good not evil.
If you have an hour and want more information this BBC documentary “The Worlds Worst Place to be Gay” is one of the best.
© Anthony Venn-Brown
It seems yet again that the Christian church, in particular the evangelical/Pentecostal church, is not the solution but the *problem*.
I wish I could be more optimistic, really I could, but I don't think this sort of thing will go away until the church loses its powerbase.
The "gay agenda" is merely to live one's life in integrity and be left in peace; the "evangelical agenda" (which no one discusses much, by the way) is positively terrifying in comparison. If the ACL had its way I don't think it'd be much different. 🙁
thanks Steve J……excellent point about the 'Evangelical Agenda' I think many of us would be aware of what that is.