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Feb
10

What Would Jesus Do? Uganda, White Supremacy and Evangelical Blood Money

By Sikivu Hutchinson

White evangelicals have taken their corrupt “traditional family values” racket to Africa and hit paydirt. Over the past several months, Uganda’s terrorist anti-Homosexual Bill has been exposed as not just a symbol of African homophobia but a symptom of American evangelical influence-peddling. While the legal battle over same sex marriage has reached epic proportions in the United States, American evangelicals have been quietly wielding “moral” influence over African public policy, spearheading a rabid call for retribution against gays and lesbians in their missionary pilgrimages. During a March 2009 trip to Uganda, evangelical activists Scott Lively and Don Schmierer warned Ugandan leaders of a gay agenda to “take over the world.” Lively and Schmierer have been roundly condemned by human rights and social justice organizations for galvanizing Ugandan politicians to develop the legislation.

As has been well-documented, the Ugandan legislation would “seek to protect the traditional family by prohibiting any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex.” It would also bar “the promotion or recognition of such sexual relations in public institutions and other places through or with the support of any Government entity in Uganda or any non-governmental organization inside or outside the country.” The Bill envisions a vast homosexual conspiracy of “sexual activists” seeking to convert youth and adopt children. It would require those knowing of homosexual acts to report them or risk prosecution, and, as a result, seriously jeopardize the country’s inroads in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

The United States and other donor countries have denounced the Bill. Facing the possible loss of international aid, the Ugandan government is considering revising an earlier provision which would have required the execution of known homosexuals.

After a firestorm of criticism, the evangelicals have also tried to distance themselves from the flap. However, the Ugandan Bill is part of a larger movement of evangelical puppeteering. The Bill exploits anti-gay sentiment and anxieties within African culture about a family structure under siege by “outside” forces, evoking some of the same tensions that African American communities experienced around California’s Proposition 8. Fittingly, the Bill has been bankrolled by conservative foundations and promoted by the far right Christian activist group the Family, a covert network of influential politicians and power brokers. The Family hosts this week’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., an annual gathering for power brokers from the international community.

Stoking anti-gay sentiment through biblical edict and propaganda about potential homosexual corruption of the African family, evangelicals have used Africa as a springboard for a virulently homophobic agenda that has been intensified by the struggle over gay equal rights in the United States. At the forefront of this movement is President Obama’s buddy Rick Warren. Warren’s purpose-driven crew is hugely influential in Africa, funding schools, missions and HIV/AIDS treatment while brokering homophobia.

Warren and his American counterparts have identified Africa as the new frontier and future of evangelicalism. And as such, Africa is fertile ground for the export of hate and right wing evangelical terrorism. Indeed, evangelicals’ hold on Africa is merely an extension of white supremacist control over African self-determination. The colonial legacy of African exploitation by the West, exemplified by the undue cultural and economic influence of Western missionaries, has played a pernicious role in the African psyche. To the extent that African nations have been so besieged by Western influence, their embrace of American-bred homophobia, in exchange for American largesse, is simply part of the package of white capitalist patronage.

For this reason, it is inconceivable that African evangelicals would have the same impact on public policy in the West. In a sweeping expose, the progressive think tank Political Research Associates reports that American evangelicals have long been active in promoting anti-gay public policy through their missionary work in Africa. Because “the demographic center of Christianity is shifting from the global North to the global South,” Africa’s influence on the global direction of Christianity has increased. According to the report, one of the architects of this movement is the Institute for Religion and Democracy (IRD). IRD is a neo-conservative think tank which has exploited the widespread belief that homosexuality is a western phenomenon that undermines essential African culture values. Scratch the surface and IRD is a radical political organization that has actively opposed the social justice campaigns of mainline Protestant churches and pro-democracy movements in Central America and Africa. Supported by ultraconservative foundations such as the Scaife and Bradley Foundations, the organization is part of a well-financed network of think tanks and nonprofits, many with tax exempt status granted to religious entities.

The staggering amounts funneled into these organizations dwarfs foundation grants and funding to progressive advocacy organizations. As a result, conservative organizations are better equipped to position themselves as lobbyists and power brokers in both the global and domestic legislative arena.

The intersection of dire poverty, underdevelopment and social desperation has historically made African countries vulnerable to the moral profiteering of a bankrupt evangelical movement. Make no mistake, American evangelicals, in their advancement of a terrorist agenda that seeks extermination based on sexuality, will most certainly have blood on their hands. Far from being an isolated act of extremism, Uganda’s shadow evangelical legislature is yet another potent reminder of the global destruction that the Christian right wreaks in the name of Western enlightenment. As the anonymous author of the blog Gay Uganda says, “I am immersed in the middle of a battle for my life. My very life, me and my partner’s. And of all Ugandans that are like me.”


12 Responses to “What Would Jesus Do? Uganda, White Supremacy and Evangelical Blood Money”


  1. 1 David Kimball
    February 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    The article missed the point that as the Episcopalean denomination allows gays, many of the Episcopalean US churches are breaking and joining the African diocese. African diocese are actively recruiting American churches to break away and join the Africans. The US has become the mission field for these African churches in the Anglican/Episcopalean ministries. All because of gays.

  2. February 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    “The staggering amounts funneled into these organizations. . .”

    Sikivu, can you point me to some of the places that this spending is documented?

  3. February 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    yet another potent reminder of the global destruction that the Christian right wreaks in the name of Western enlightenment.

    I can’t think how anyone could mistake this madness for Western enlightenment. I’m sure some people do mistake it as such, I just can’t connect the dots far enough to imagine how they can see it that way.

  4. February 3, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    You may have already seen this but for the benefit of those who may not have:

    AIM (Accuracy in Media): Media Homosexuals Bash Uganda’s Christians

    Not all WECCs are “distancing themselves” from the mess they’re making in Uganda, some embrace it.

    And it gets even messier: Wikipedia: Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God (Doomsday Suicide Cult) ….

  5. 5 cleve
    February 4, 2010 at 6:25 am

    I wish we could get the Evangelical movement passionate about saving what they view as God’s green creation in Africa, and chimpanzees and elephants and rainforests, instead of obsessing about private sexual preferences … C’mon guys, would your God really want us to chop down forests and wipe out chimpanzees and ruin… the envrionment that millions of Africans depend on? And in the face of such monstrous environnmental vandalism would the Deity care if Robert loves Steve in Kampala? The evangelical movement has SO MUCH POWER, if they wanted to they could save chimpanzees and elephants. Why don’t they do it?

  6. February 4, 2010 at 7:02 am

    I attended the anti gay seminar in march,being a lesbian and an LGBTI activits I was heartbroken with all the brainwashing that these guys were doing to Uganda.You can read about a litle write up I did at the end of the seminar below
    “Homosexuality comes from a background of Anger and Pain”
    Ugandan activist Kasha Jacqueline from Freedom and Roam Uganda writes about her experiences at last week’s anti-gay conference

    “Homosexuality comes from a background of anger and pain”—that was the theme of the anti-gay seminar in Kampala, Uganda last week. The facilitators and guest speakers referred to anger, pain and wounds to help answer many of the questions they were asked by participants.

    “Will heterosexuals who have a background of anger and pain become gay?”—a participant asked. It’s very possible because many homosexuals have come from broken families or have been sexually abused, Don Schmierer responded. Many homosexuals go in search of what they didn’t get in childhood, which ends up being sexual and then leads to a homosexual lifestyle.

    “So if a gay man is looking for a fatherly figure or love does it mean that they also wanted a sexual relationship with their fathers?”—asked another a participant. They don’t always go searching for a sexual affair but they end up having sexual affairs with same-sex people because that’s the only way they can keep the long-searched love that they didn’t get from their parents, said Caleb Lee Brundidge, a self-confessed “ex-homosexual.”

    The Ex-Gay Movie
    All the interviewees in the movie had a history of abuse, came from broken families, and were born-again Christians. And of course the movie prompted questions.

    “What about people from what I would call a ‘perfect’ family, those without abuse, violence etc., but who are gay. What caused them to be gay?” They may not know what happened to them while they were children but it has to do with subconscious pain and anger.

    “Caleb, were you really gay or you were just practising homosexuality? I am saying this because they are many people here in Uganda who have sex with same-sex partners for money, adventure etc. but they are not necessarily gay.” Caleb replied that this would be impossible. No straight man or woman would sleep with another man or woman for anything. Again the issues are (attraction) anger, pain and wounds which they may not even be aware of.

    Heterosexual genes vs. Homosexual genes
    If we respect the family as God intended it, then there wouldn’t be any homosexuals in the world, lamented Scott Lively, who went on to claim that people are not born gay, period. There is no scientific research to prove this.

    “Let’s say that they decide to choose the same sex lifestyle because of their backgrounds (pain, anger and wounds) why is it so important for us to stop them? Aren’t we taking away the solutions to their past history (abuse, pain and anger)?”—a participant asked. We must stop this Gay Agenda because its not God’s design for a family, was the response from Scott Lively. The Gay Agenda has come to control society and gays have a blueprint for transforming a nation. A proper family is when there is a father and mother and children so that generations continue. The Gay Agenda doesn’t have that. What they are doing is a sin according to the Bible, but they have decided to call their sin a blessing from God. They gay movement is very evil and we must stop it immediately.

    You have a gay movement in Uganda that is operating at a high level, which you must bear in mind. This gay movement around the world has a handbook that they use and that is what the Ugandan gay movement is using now. You must be ready to stop this gay agenda. And don’t think that fighting the gay movement is the solution—you will be fighting a losing battle because this movement has come to stop humanity. They have a clear vision, mission and strategies. The only way to defeat them is to compete with them. Their movement is 70 years old and that’s why they don’t care about you. They know you will die soon and they will replace you and take over the nation. They have decided to recruit the youth.

    You have a lot of work to do. Homosexuality is immoral and we cannot sit back and see immorality controlling nations. Homosexuality is equivalent to paedophilia in many ways. Homosexuals cannot control their sexual desires and behaviors. If all of us acted upon our desires and feelings then where would the world be? Families would break up because of adultery. People would continue to molest children, etc.

    “But again why is it so important for us to stop people from becoming gay?”—a participant asked. It’s very important because the homosexual agenda is to turn the whole world gay. They don’t believe in families of fathers and mothers and that’s why they are the ones working in abortion clinics.

    ”Why was homosexuality scrapped as a mental illness by WHO in 1978? Were there also gay people inside WHO who voted?” Gay people have penetrated all international bodies to their advantage; they are the ones in all important places/positions because of their political agenda. Editors of national newspapers, TV chiefs… Remember I told you they have a very clear vision, mission and strategies, said Lively.

    In the early 1950s, feminists didn’t support Playboy but of late lesbians have penetrated the feminist movement. All the things they rejected in the 1950s are the things they are advocating for today. Feminism embraces sexual freedoms today and yet they condemned it before. You have to be very careful of women here who are joining the women’s movement… You have to avoid being recruited into lesbianism—a retreat from men because of abuse or family dysfunction.

    “You have talked to people who are extremists and go on to change their God-given design because they think God made a mistake and gave them wrong bodies. What do you think about that?” God cannot make a mistake and give you a wrong body when he created you in his own image, Lively answered. I don’t want you to dehumanise these people, they just need help because they have a gender disorder.

    Let gays remain as they long as they don’t try to change the world, Lively continued. The gay movement is using pornography to corrupt society into being pro-gay and when you don’t accept it they call you a homophobe. Tolerance has a limit. The gay movement wants you to accept them and when you refuse they say you are a homophobe. Right now people around the world are writing all these hate emails and articles about me being a homophobe, so what should I call them for not tolerating me?

    “They are homosexuals among us updating their networks about what we are discussing. What should we do about that?”—an angry participant asked. If they are homosexuals here, feel at home, responded a facilitator. We are not against you. We love you. But if you have been planning to get us, we are planning to get you back.

    “Don’t fight the people but fight the movement…..what does that mean?”—a participant asked. Don’t fight gays because you will lose, just compete with them. If you are fighting gays just go home now, Lively said in a very assertive tone. They have a vision for the future and they wont stop and they operate at a high level here. Like the court case last year. They will always refer to that case for all gay cases in Uganda. That’s what they will do. They will come to your company and ask for a job and if you refuse they will sue you for discrimination. Some will not disclose, but after you hire them they will come out and make you fire them and then they sue you. Heterosexuality is superior for a formal society….

    Kasha Jacqueline

    • 7 David Kimball
      February 4, 2010 at 1:03 pm

      Kasha,

      Wow. Thanks for that update. (Is it appropriate to say “thank you” when you are given something to make you feel so miserable?) That is amazing. As bold and preposterous as some of the right-wing-nuts are here in our country, it’s amazing to see how hateful and misguided and laden-with-fear they are in Uganda.

      I don’t mind someone who is ignorant. I don’t even mind so much someone who is ignorant and doesn’t want to learn. But I find it impossible to tolerate people who are ignorant and insist on imposing their fear and hatred on others around them.

  7. February 4, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Sikivu sent me a response via e-mail to post here:

    “Sikivu can you point me to where some of this spending is documented?”

    Following the money trail:

    http://www.edow.org/follow/part1.html

    http://old.mediatransparency.org/recipientgrants.php?recipientID=174

    PRA’s excellent report on the Christian Right’s power brokering in Africa

    http://www.publiceye.org/publications/globalizing-the-culture-wars/pdf/africa-full-report.pdf

    “The article missed the point that as the Episcopalean denomination allows gays, many of the Episcopalean US churches are breaking and joining the African diocese. African diocese are actively recruiting American churches to break away and join the Africans. The US has become the mission field for these African churches in the Anglican/Episcopalean ministries. All because of gays.”

    Sure, but the larger point is identifying the colonial context of this legislation vis-a-vis the history of Western capitalist influence on anti-human rights public policy in African nations, brokered through organized religion; a relationship that does not exist in reverse.

  8. 9 sikivu
    February 4, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Good discussion on the Nat’l Prayer Bkfst and the Family’s long political influence on third world nations on KPCC.org

  9. 10 revlon
    July 7, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Clearly, WE NEED to STOP using the “christian right” when discussing religious fanaticism. Let’s say out loud who it is we are really talking about, The “ZIONIST RIGHT” and its racist nationalist pogroms.

  10. July 8, 2010 at 12:07 am

    No, Revlon, what you say is not at all clear.

    What has oppression of gays in Uganda have to do with the State of Israel? What evidence do you have?

    For all its faults, Israel is tolerant of gays. Here for instance, is coverage of gay pride in Israel

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/thousands-take-part-in-tel-aviv-gay-pride-parade-1.295610

    Yes, it is true that some Christian Right groups support Israel and are anti-gay. But the arrow of causation does not flow from Zionism to homophobia.


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