In the video above, Tony Perkins speaks at the Oak Initiative Summit. Perkins is the president of the Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has put on its list of hate groups. In 1988, the FRC, then helmed by Gary Bauer, merged with James Dobson’s ultra-rich Christian ministry of hate, Focus on the Family, and rapidly became a high-profile lobbying group that hauled its big bag of anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-sex, anti-human hatred to Capitol Hill, where it began to influence America’s political leaders. The two groups severed their legal ties in 1992 when the FRC’s political activity threatened Focus on the Family’s precious tax-exempt status. But the relationship had built the FRC into a rich and powerful entity that still wields a great deal of influence — and money — in the nation’s capitol.
Perkins is heavily involved in the merging of mainstream Christianity with dominionism and the increasingly popular “7 mountains theology.” “7 Mountains” sounds kind of pleasant, doesn’t it? Like a ride at Six Flags, or something. But it’s not. It is the belief that Christians will wrestle from Satan and his minions (or liberals — same thing) total control over seven major aspects of American life: Business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, family and religion. There’s another term for this: Totalitarian Christian theocracy. The Muslims dream of their caliphate, the Christians of their “7 mountains.” The Oak Institute is an extreme right-wing Christian group that, along with other groups like them, is very active in this movement. Together, these groups are forming an army with the stated purpose of taking over the United States government and turning this country into a totalitarian Christian theocracy. They are doing it openly and in full view of everyone. And at the top of their agenda is the eradication of homosexuality in America.
In the video above, Perkins says that the attempt to give equal rights to gay Americans has “undermined national security” and “undermined the future of our country,” all for the sake of “a very, very small percentage of America.” Of the “homosexual community,” he says:
“They’re very aggressive. Everything they accuse us of they are in triplicate. They’re intolerant, they’re hateful, they’re vile, they’re spiteful. But I understand that, and we certainly — our response to them should be one of love and of compassion. But let me tell you what, it’s not love to be silent in the face of those who are advancing an agenda that is both destructive to our society and, more importantly, destructive to the individuals involved. To me, that is the height of hatred — to be silent when we know there are individuals that are engaged in activity and behavior and an agenda that will destroy them and our nation.”
“Love and compassion” — remember those words. It is with “love and compassion” that Perkins points out that a minority group of human beings — “a very, very small percentage of America,” he says — is destroying America because of its sexuality. “Love and compassion” are the banners these Christians fly as they work to limit the rights of gay Americans, as they talk about the “gay agenda” and compare gay people to sexual predators and Nazis. They slap the label of “love and compassion” on their relentless campaign of hatred and expect us to believe them, and when we don’t, they claim their right to express their religious beliefs is being violated and they are being persecuted. In order to believe them, one must pervert the words “love and compassion” to a point where they are so bent and twisted and black that they bear no resemblance to their original meanings.
I wish I were a wealthy person with lots of money to spend. One of the things I’d spend it on would be a team of private investigators to stay on Tony Perkins until they catch him with a cock in his mouth. No one ever spends this much of his life expressing so much vitriol toward homosexuals unless he’s so deep in the closet that he’s finding forgotten decade-old Christmas presents. But for the time being, all we’ve got is Perkins’s tireless public efforts to hatefully demonize gay Americans. And he is not alone. In fact, this particular activity — actually, it’s more of an industry in America today — is enthusiastically engaged in by so many prominent Christian leaders and their followers that to cover all the information available, I would have to write a book rather than a simple article. The best I can do now is a small sample.
At this years National Day of Prayer event in Rapid City, South Dakota, commentator from the national Christian radio show Point of View Penna Dexter said, “Despite the sense of satisfaction in our country now because our guys just got a really bad guy, there’s still a feeling that the ship of state is sinking,” referring to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Now that the world’s most wanted terrorist kingpin is sleeping with the fishes, what did Dexter identify as “the greatest threat to America?” She said it is “the advancing homosexual agenda.”
Clenard Childress is a rabid anti-choice leader who believes legal abortion is a sinister plot to bring about the genocide of black people. He is the founder of BlackGenocide.org and a prominent leader in groups like the Genocide Awareness Project and the Life Education and Resource Network. When he’s not hating a woman’s right to choose what to do with her own body, he’s busy hating homosexuals. On delusional, paranoid lunatic Alan Keyes’s website RenewAmerica.com, Childress wrote an article about why homosexuality is wrong, cleverly titled “Why Homosexuality is Wrong.” Childress writes:
“Physiologically speaking the male body is not designed to be penetrated. Anal sex is the overwhelmingly practice for gay men. Quoting from Dr. John Diggs, an African American doctor who has done extensive studies homosexuality:”
Then he quotes Diggs’s book, The Health Risks of Gay Sex. Who is Dr. John Diggs? Writer Alvin McEwen, author of Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: Exposing the Lies of the Anti-Gay Industry, describes Diggs in an article titled “Imp in Training: John R. Diggs’s Lies.” McEwen writes:
“He recently published a study called The Health Risks of Gay Sex and it is featured on many religious conservative web sites as a thorough analysis of homosexual sex. While Diggs is an M.D., he is also co-chair of the Massachusetts Physician Resource Council, which is a part of the Massachusetts Family Institute, another so-called traditional values organization. Despite his credentials, Diggs’s real aim is to smear gays and lesbians. The Health Risks of Gay Sex is a distortion-ridden research propaganda piece in the vein of Protocols of the Elders of Zion (the legendary piece of propaganda that claimed Jewish people were attempting to take over the world) that seeks to exploit fears and stereotypes about gays and lesbians.”
Remember that reference to Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It will come up again. Childress goes on to quote the tired old anti-gay propaganda rehashed in Diggs’s book. Like other anti-gay Christian bigots, Childress claims that sex between a man and a woman is the only sex intended by nature because it produces offspring. They completely ignore the fact that homosexuality occurs in nature. A 2004 National Geographic article titled “Homosexual Activity Among Animals Stirs Debate” asks why animals would engage in homosexual activity if it does not result in reproduction?
“ … they could just be enjoying themselves, suggests Paul Vasey, animal behavior professor at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. ‘They’re engaging in the behavior because it’s gratifying sexually or it’s sexually pleasurable,’ he says. ‘They just like it. It doesn’t have any sort of adaptive payoff.’
“Matthew Grober, biology professor at Georgia State University, agrees, saying, ‘If [sex] wasn’t fun, we wouldn’t have any kids around. So I think that maybe [they] have taken the fun aspect of sex and really run with it.’”
Sex for pleasure — imagine that! While it’s true that heterosexual sex is required in order to reproduce, reproduction is not required in order to have fun engaging in sex. Of course, Childress and others like him never address this because it would throw an enormous wrench into their theories, all of which are based on superstitious and heavily tampered-with Iron Age writings compiled in a book that, along with prohibiting homosexuality, advocates slavery, torture, child abuse, rape, incest, cannibalism, murder and genocide. None of those things seem to bother these Christians, though. They’re too busy demonizing homosexuals to worry about issues like torture and child abuse. In fact, if given the choice, they would much rather demonize gay people than try to ensure the safety and well-being of children and teenagers in America’s schools. An example of this is Alan Chambers.
On his website, Chambers’s “one-line bio” reads, “I am a Christian executive with a beautiful wife, a son and a daughter.” That’s a little like saying Darth Vader is a “Jedi politician with a contented staff of interns.” Chambers claims to be a former homosexual who was “cured” of his sexuality by prayer and a relationship with Jesus Christ. He’d probably like to sell you a slightly used bridge, too. He is the president of Exodus International, a group that claims it can “cure” homosexuality. According to the Exodus International Website, the group’s mission is as follows:
“Mobilizing the Body of Christ to Minister Grace and Truth to a World impacted by Homosexuality.”
Aside from revealing a shaky grasp on the use of capital letters, what does that mean? Frankly, nothing. It’s Christian gobbledegook. It’s bullshit. It’s like “genuine imitation leather,” or the word “natural” on packaged foods. It’s nonsense. What does Exodus International claim to do?
“Exodus presents a redemptive, biblical worldview on sexuality, which communicates a message of love and acceptance to those that are struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions.”
More bullshit. But it’s revealing bullshit. Notice the use of the words “love and acceptance.” They’re awfully close to Tony Perkins’s “love and compassion.” I am particularly amused by the phrase “unwanted same-sex attractions.” This suggests, of course, that homosexuality is chosen by some because they want to be gay. Who would want to be gay in a society dominated by bigoted bullies like Tony Perkins and Clenard Childress and Dr. John R. Biggs and Alan Chambers and all their gay-hating buddies? According to an article on the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center, gays are the minority most targeted by hate crimes. If given the choice between being straight or gay, what idiot would raise his hand and shout, “Oh, pick me, pick me! I want to be part of that minority!”
According to the website’s FAQ, Exodus believes “that the decision to leave homosexuality is not about one particular method, but ultimately about a relationship with Jesus Christ and a resolution to live in congruence with biblical teaching on sexuality.” More revealing bullshit! The real mission of Exodus International is not to “cure” homosexuality — something that has been debunked, discredited and dismissed by the psychiatric and medical professions — but to win souls for Jesus Christ (a man, it must be noted, who never married and spent all his time with twelve other guys). It is nothing more than a Christian outreach program. If you want to stop being gay, you must have a relationship with Jesus Christ. That means that homosexuals who are Jewish or Muslim or Hindu or atheist cannot be “cured” of being gay — which means no one can be “cured.” Gay people can’t be “cured” of homosexuality any more than straight people can be “cured” of heterosexuality.
One of the methods of “curing” homosexuality endorsed by Exodus International is “conversion therapy.” Here’s what Exodus has to say about this method:
“It is a therapeutic, clinical process that operates under the premise that men and women dealing with same-sex attraction are attempting to restore broken familial relationships in an insufficient, unhealthy way. The therapy attempts to re-direct this drive towards healthy, nonsexual relationships with same sex peers and to explore other underlying personal issues in the counseling process. Some within the Exodus network have found this type of therapy to be beneficial.”
The fact is “conversion therapy” often involves exposing the subject to electrical shock and/or nausea-inducing drugs while showing them homoerotic images. It’s
not so much therapy as it is punishment. It has been rejected by the American Psychiatric Association and every professional association of mental health practitioners and researchers in the United States. But thanks to Christian anti-gay groups, it is going on in the United States today, in 2011.
The Exodus International FAQ poses this question: “What’s the ‘success rate’ in changing gays into straights?” What is Exodus International’s answer? “Let’s rephrase that question.” The group can’t even answer a straightforward question that it asks ITSELF. The truthful answer to that question, of course, would be, “Really, really bad.” So the question must be rephrased. How does Exodus rephrase it’s own question? Like this:
“Is there realistic hope that men and women who experience same-sex attraction can overcome those temptations and lead a life of sexual integrity? Can they reasonably expect a time when same-sex attraction will no longer dominate their existence, determine their behavior, or define their identity? The answer to those questions is yes!”
All of that, of course, is predicated on the notion that homosexuality is bad because the Holy Horror Novel on which Christianity claims to be based says it’s bad. The second you lose sight of that, their whole perverse circus tent collapses. The fact is that Exodus International is a vicious hate group and Alan Chambers is its chief hatemonger.
The hatred toward gay people that is so constantly stirred up by Chambers and others like him has resulted in such severe bullying of gay teens and the children of gay parents that it has become necessary to create anti-bullying programs to combat this problem. One such program is the “It Gets Better Project.” On Tuesday, May 3, 2011, during an episode of the TV series Glee, an It Gets Better spot promoting the browser Google Chrome aired on the Fox network. It featured Anne Hathaway, Lady Gaga, Cathy Griffin, Adam Lambert and the cowboy character Woody from the Toy Story movies, all of whom assured teenagers that, in spite of the pain of being bullied, life will get better for them, so they should hang on. This upset Alan Chambers. He told The Christian Post:
“Children all over the world, including my two children are fans of ‘Toy Story’ and to see a character like that endorsing something that at this point children have no need to know about, it’s disappointing. … For organizations like Exodus International, which has thousands of men and women like me who have lived a gay life, it obviously didn’t get better living a gay life for them. I would say that today it has become radically better. … I think that we have to promote the stories of people who have found an alternative to homosexuality … ”
Instead of telling bullied children that life will get better in the hope that, unlike so many others like them, they will not choose to kill themselves, Chambers would rather we promote the lie that they are bad people for being gay and they can stop being that way if only they’ll turn to Jesus like Chambers did — which is just another way of saying, “Get back in the closet, go all the way to the rear and hide behind the coats.” And as always, this contemptuous attitude toward children in pain is delivered with a saccharine smile, with “love” and “compassion” and “acceptance.” Except it’s none of those things. It is pure hatred, plain and simple.
According to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, gay, lesbian and bisexual youth are one and a half to three times more likely to consider suicide, and one and a half to seven times more likely to report attempting suicide. This is not because they are gay, lesbian or bisexual — it is because of how they are treated for being gay, lesbian or bisexual. The researchers say, “It would be difficult to overstate the impact of stigma and discrimination against LGBT individuals in the United States,” and that “stigma and discrimination are directly tied to risk factors for suicide.” In addition to this, a 2009 study by GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, found that nearly nine out of ten gay and lesbian students are the victims of harassment in school.
But Christian groups have no problem at all with these statistics and want things to remain just as they are, no matter how many kids are tormented or pushed to suicidal despair. In fact, they are working hard to protect the bullies who make life miserable for those gay kids by actively opposing the anti-bullying programs that American schools have been trying to implement. They have a few methods of attack.
First, they claim that these programs are indoctrinating their children into homosexuality by suggesting that gay young people be shown the same respect as everyone else. Ever since Christian singer, orange juice queen and hateful shrew Anita Bryant said, “Since homosexuals cannot reproduce, they must recruit and freshen their ranks,” in the late 1970s, the idea that homosexuals are lurking around every corner waiting to recruit children has been prevalent among American Christians. They believe that anti-bullying programs are part of a conspiracy to turn America’s school system into one giant network of homosexual re-education camps. This is part of what Christians refer to as the “gay agenda,” what they believe to be a massive conspiracy by homosexuals to destroy family values and abolish Christianity in the United States.
Secondly, Christians claim that these attempts to protect a minority of students who are vulnerable to mockery and violence give these students “special rights.” Tony Perkins claims the programs “single out homosexuals for more protection than others.” This deceptive rhetoric clouds the issue and paves the way for the next tactic used by Christian groups.
Thirdly, Christians claim they are being victimized by anti-bullying programs, which they say will make their religious beliefs illegal and force their children out of public schools. Tom McClusky, the Vice President of Government Affairs for the Family Research Council says these anti-bullying programs are “bullying by the federal government and by a homosexual agenda that seeks to make children hide their Christianity and their religion in the closet and to silence those who would speak out against what they don’t believe.” Of course, none of these programs force anyone to believe or not believe anything and they in no way diminish the vigorous efficacy of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. They simply try to protect some kids who are mercilessly picked on. But that’s not acceptable to these Christian groups. All of these efforts by Christians only serve to justify the behavior of the bullies who have made these programs necessary. What these groups are really fighting for is the right to harass and demonize gay people with impunity. Once it becomes unacceptable to marginalize homosexuals, American Christianity loses a lot of footing. That alone — more than anything else — should tell you everything you need to know about American Christianity.
Remember, these are the same people who have every intention of taking over this country’s government and legislating their religious beliefs. They plan to control every aspect of life in the United States. They intend to make this the “Christian nation” they have been wrongly claiming it to be for so long. If they succeed in doing that, what do you suppose they will do about the “gay agenda” that they believe is secretly trying to destroy them? What do you think they will do with the gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans they are working so hard to persecute and demonize? The answer to that question can be found in Uganda.
In March of 2009, three gay-hating American Christians went to Uganda to spread their message of bigotry at an anti-gay conference organized by the Family Life Network. First, there was Scott Lively, co-founder of the international anti-gay group Watchmen On the Walls and president of Abiding Truth Ministries (both classified as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center) and author of the book The Pink Swastika, which claims the Nazi Party was created and run by gay people who targeted Jews for extermination because of their opposition to homosexuality. Lively has been pushing to criminalize the public advocacy of homosexuality since 2007. He wants to make it illegal just to support gay rights — so can you imagine what he wants to do to gay people? Then there was Caleb Lee Brundidge, who, with his friends in the Phoenix-based group Extreme Prophetic, goes to mortuaries to raise the dead in Jesus’s name. (And no, I’m not kidding — click the link and watch the video if you don’t believe me.) Brundidge also works for International Healing Foundation, another anti-gay Christian organization that claims to “cure” homosexuality. Among the techniques employed by IHF founder Richard Cohen is “holding” or “touching” therapy, during which Cohen has a man lie in his lap and holds and touches him gently while murmuring positive things to him. And, ahem, this is supposed to, um, cure homosexuality. In 2010, IHF “life coach” Alan Dowling was accused of using sexually inappropriate therapy techniques on two separate men, who were asked to strip naked and fondle their genitals in front of a mirror while Dowling watched in order to “help them affirm their masculinity.” (It’s difficult to tell if IHF is offering a “cure” for homosexuality or a place for self-hating Christian gay guys to cruise dick under the guise of dealing with their wickedness.) Lastly, these men were joined by Don Schmierer, who heads up a ministry called His Servants and is a member of the Board of Directors of Alan Chambers’s Exodus International. Exodus — the group that claims to bring a message of “love and acceptance” to gay people.
The theme of the conference at which these three men spoke was the “gay agenda,” and it was a virtual rally of homosexual demonization. According to the New York Times:
“The visitors discussed 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.’”
An article at the Teapot Atheist website provides a link to audio recordings of these addresses in its article about the conference:
“At that conference, they said that homosexuals routinely rape and physically abuse children, that ‘the hidden and dark’ ‘gay agenda’ is to destroy the American family and outlaw Christianity, and that homosexuality is simply: ‘evil’ (in listening to only about twenty minutes of the linked recordings, homosexuality is described as ‘evil’ or compared to something like pedophilia more than forty times).”
Prior to this conference, Uganda was already in the grip of virulent widespread gay hatred created by the enormous influence wielded there by American Christian groups and evangelists who have long been preaching their hatred in Africa. These groups and evangelists include Rick Warren, Tony Perkins’s Family Research Council, Lou Engle’s group The Call, Fred Hartley’s College of Prayer International, the New Apostolic Reformation and others. But no other American Christian group has had more influence there than the secretive and extremely powerful organization known as “the Family.” More on that in a moment. These organizations have created a climate in Uganda in which gay people have had to live in fear, in which anti-gay violence has been prevalent. According to the New York Times, “During the Bush administration, American officials praised Uganda’s family-values policies and steered millions of dollars into abstinence programs.”
One month after the anti-gay conference, Ugandan politician David Bahati, who claims to have a number of evangelical Christian friends in the United States government, introduced The Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2009, which has come to be known as the “Kill the Gays Bill” — because it made being gay a crime punishable by death. In addition to making homosexuality itself a crime, the bill would send to prison anyone who failed to report homosexuals to the authorities. In other words, this bill would transform Uganda into a Christian Mecca.
Suddenly, Lively, Brundidge and Schmierer were on the defensive as they became the targets of criticism for encouraging such a bill. They all released weak, evasive statements claiming ignorance or saying they were duped, that they never intended such a result.
“That’s horrible,” Don Schmierer said of the bill, “absolutely horrible. Some of the nicest people I’ve ever met are gay.” Oh, that’s okay, Don — some of my best friends are disingenuous.
But according to an article at the Box Turtle Bulletin, Schmierer knew exactly what he was doing at the conference. Brundidge gave his testimony and claimed that homosexuality could be cured, Schmierer talked about how homosexuality could be prevented in children, and Lively depicted homosexuals as evil monsters plotting to destroy Christianity and turn the entire world gay. (Talk about protesting too much — I’d bet good money that Lively’s farts haven’t made a sound in decades, and he probably has at least one Nazi uniform with full regalia hanging in his well-trafficked closet.) Meanwhile, others gave dire warnings to homosexuals and discussed the possibility of increasing penalties for homosexuality, which was already a crime in Uganda. At no point did Schmierer disavow Uganda’s stern political stand against homosexuality or Lively’s outlandish lies about it. Instead, he participated in the conference and implicitly gave his support to that country’s widespread, institutional, Christian-inspired hatred of gay people. Bahati’s proposed bill and everything that followed could not have been a surprise to Schmierer or anyone else involved in the conference.
Organizations like Exodus International and Family Research Council have tried to distance themselves from all this messiness. But that’s hard to do when you’re hip-deep in it. On February 4, 2010, a resolution was introduced by Senator Russell Feingold calling on members of the Ugandan Parliament to reject the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The Family Research Council spent $25,000 to stall that resolution. It’s just a resolution, for crying out loud, but the FRC blew a 25-grand wad to stop it. That is hip-deep.
In January of 2010, after a long series of death threats, Uganda’s most outspoken gay activist David Kato was bludgeoned to death with a hammer. A few months earlier, a Ugandan newspaper had put Kato’s picture on the cover below a headline reading “100 pictures of Uganda’s Top Homos Leak” and a banner reading “Hang Them.”
All of this — the anti-gay hatred in Uganda, the “Kill the Gays Bill,” the murder of David Kato — are direct results of the activities of American Christian groups and evangelists. But no group is more deeply involved or more actively supportive of this than the powerful, secretive Christian group known as The Family. For a quick run-down on this group, read the July 21, 2009 Salon article, “Sex and Power Inside ‘the C Street House.’” But for a thorough exploration, I urge you to read Jeff Sharlet’s deeply chilling book, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. I assure you it will disturb your sleep more effectively than Stephen King’s best work, because it’s not fiction.
Under the longtime leadership of David Coe, the Family works underground through a vast network of power players and world leaders. Among its members are America’s leaders and lawmakers. From the Salon article:
“Today’s roll call is just as impressive: Men under the Family’s religio-political counsel include, in addition to Ensign, Coburn and Pickering, Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, both R-S.C.; James Inhofe, R-Okla., John Thune, R-S.D., and recent senators and high officials such as John Ashcroft, Ed Meese, Pete Domenici and Don Nickles. Over in the House there’s Joe Pitts, R-Penn., Frank Wolf, R-Va., Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., and John R. Carter, R-Texas. Historically, the Family has been strongly Republican, but it includes Democrats, too. There’s Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, for instance, a vocal defender of putting the Ten Commandments in public places, and Sen. Mark Pryor, the pro-war Arkansas Democrat responsible for scuttling Obama’s labor agenda. Sen. Pryor explained to me the meaning of bipartisanship he’d learned through the Family: ‘Jesus didn’t come to take sides. He came to take over.’ And by Jesus, the Family means the Family.”
Through its members, the Family promotes its anti-gay, anti-woman, pro-free-market agenda with a vengeance. You probably thought the “religious right” was behind all of that stuff in America. Well, the Family is behind the “religious right.” While the dominionists and “7 Mountains” folks talk about taking over America, the Family is using its massive financial resources and powerful players to make it happen. Its members may be considered leaders in the United States, but when it comes to the Family, they are followers. They do the group’s bidding. This is a group that does not like democracy and has every intention of replacing it in America with Christian rule. At its core, it is a deeply anti-American organization that, if it gets its way, will abolish the United States Constitution. If you don’t know about the group, you had better bone up on it, because it is — and has been for decades — playing a large role in American government and foreign policy. The Family nurtures relationships with the corrupt governments of Third World countries and actively supports some of the world’s most vicious dictators. Although you may be unaware of it, you see the result of the Family’s work all around you every day.
In a November 24, 2009, interview with NPR, Jeff Sharlet carefully outlined the connection between the Family and the virulent anti-gay hatred in Uganda it has worked to foster. From the interview transcript:
Mr. SHARLET: Well, the legislator that introduces the bill, a guy named David Bahati, is a member of The Family. He appears to be a core member of The Family. He works, he organizes their Uganda National Prayer Breakfast and oversees a African sort of student leadership program designed to create future leaders for Africa, into which The Family has poured millions of dollars working through a very convoluted chain of linkages passing the money over to Uganda. … David Bahati, the man behind this legislation, is really deeply, deeply involved in The Family’s work in Uganda, that the ethics minister of Uganda, Museveni’s kind of right hand man, a guy named Nsaba Buturo, is also helping to organize The Family’s National Prayer Breakfast. And here’s a guy who has been the main force for this Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda’s executive office and has been very vocal about what he’s doing, and in a rather extreme and hateful way. But these guys are not so much under the influence of The Family. They are, in Uganda, The Family.
While the evangelical groups named earlier were active in the process, Uganda’s bitter hatred of homosexuals and the “Kill the Gays Bill” that resulted are the direct and deliberate accomplishments of the Family. That does not lessen the role or the culpability of people like Scott Lively, Don Schmierer, Caleb Lee Brundidge, or any of the other Christians who have so actively supported this travesty.
In a quote from Alvin McEwen earlier in this article, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was mentioned. It was the most widely distributed piece of antisemitic propaganda ever published. It professes to expose a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world that never existed and blames Jews for a host of the world’s ills to which they had no connection. It is a fabrication, a complete work of fiction. After taking power in Germany in 1933, the Nazi Party published at least 33 editions of the book before World War II began. Along with its distribution, Germany was flooded with a wave of propaganda films and literature and commentary blaming Jews for all of the country’s problems. Seemingly respectable scientists and doctors and other authority figures wrote articles and gave lectures about the “subhuman” Jews and the widespread damage they were doing to Germany and its people. Economically crippled after World War I, the German people were ripe for scapegoating and eager to have someone on whom to blame their troubles. As we all know, it became illegal to be Jewish and until the end of the war, the Nazis slaughtered six million Jews, along with millions of Russians, homosexuals, mentally and physically handicapped people, gypsies, and anyone else they didn’t like. After years of indoctrination, years of being told that Jews were not entirely human and were evil monsters, it became easy for the people of Germany — and even the rest of Europe — to turn their backs and let it all happen.
It seems like such a distant horror now, preserved only in the grainy, black-and-white films of uniformed men in shiny boots marching in rigid unison, an oddly mustachioed man gesticulating violently before massive crowds, and emaciated, ghostly figures with sad, weary faces and stars pinned to their raggedy clothes. It almost doesn’t seem real. It seems so alien that it’s impossible to imagine anything like it ever happening again. But it has happened. It happened in Rwanda, for example, and it’s happening right now in Darfur. And the world does nothing. The world doesn’t even watch. It simply turns its back. We turned our backs.
And now, a large segment of the population of the United States believes that a massive conspiracy is underway today, a “gay agenda” to destroy Christianity and turn America’s children into promiscuous homosexuals. They believe that homosexuals are the enemy, that they are behind much of the decay they perceive in America’s culture, that they are immoral and inhuman. None of that is true, of course — it’s all a lie. But it is believed to be true by many because, as Joseph Goebbels said, if you repeat a lie often enough and long enough, it becomes the truth. You may think I’m overreacting, that what happened in that distant black-and-white world could never happen in the United States.
But it’s already happening in Uganda. It’s underway right now. The people of Uganda have been convinced that they should hate homosexuals and they are ready to kill them. And it’s being done there by people who are very powerful here in the United States.
At the time of this writing, Uganda’s parliament will vote on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill within the next 24 hours or so. Does the idea of punishing people for their sexuality by throwing them into prison and possibly executing them bother you? Does the idea of imprisoning people who do not turn homosexuals in to the authorities bother you? If it doesn’t, it damned well should, and if it does, then you should be worried if you live in America. I am of the opinion that what’s happening in Uganda is a test run for a program that will be coming soon to a United States near you if the Family and American Christianity have their way. Behind lies about “love” and “compassion” and “acceptance,” Christian leaders in America are demonizing a minority, offering their followers a scapegoat on which to blame their many problems in these tough economic times. And it is working.
A petition is being circulated that will be sent to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni urging him to veto this bill. Please add your name to it.
Don’t make the terrible mistake of thinking that because this is happening in Uganda, it’s not your problem. We live in a small world today, and it’s getting smaller fast. And if you live in the United States, where the roots of Uganda’s problem are deeply embedded, it is already your problem. And that problem may worsen in the future.