Holy Land

This is a story about preaching the Word.

Last March, three American evangelical Christians arrived in Uganda’s capital to give a series of talks.  The theme of the event, according to Stephen Langa, its Ugandan organizer, was “the gay agenda — that whole hidden and dark agenda” — and the threat homosexuals posed to Bible-based values and the traditional African family.

For three days, according to participants and audio recordings, thousands of Ugandans, including police officers, teachers and national politicians, listened raptly to the Americans, who were presented as experts on homosexuality. 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.”

Now the three Americans are finding themselves on the defensive, saying they had no intention of helping stoke the kind of anger that could lead to what came next: a bill to impose a death sentence for homosexual behavior.  NY Times

Whoops.  Unintended consequences.  Maybe.

Imbeciles with bibles can be almost as dangerous as imbeciles with guns – and sometimes, especially on NRA turf, it’s the same imbecile.  Did these harpies believe they were sowing the seeds of peace, love, and understanding with their ideological idiocy?  Spreading lies like HIV in fertile soil, why are they shocked at the consequences?

It’s instructive to compare whatever they imagine “the gay agenda” is with their own social conservative articles of faith -– and make no mistake, it’s the same slop you tune in on your AM dial everywhere you go.  It’s the righteous outcry of the bigot, the loser, sanctimonious jackasses you encounter these days at tea parties and Sarah Palin rallies.  You find them at school board meetings protesting birth control classes.  They rally in Washington to bray dissatisfaction with immigration policies and “socialized medicine.”  They don’t want government on their backs, but they want it in your bedroom and uterus.  They’re better than the rest of us,  and they love America more than we do.

And of course, they’re better Christians

Uganda is an exceptionally lush, mostly rural country where conservative Christian groups wield enormous influence…During the Bush administration, American officials praised Uganda’s family-values policies and steered millions of dollars into abstinence programs.

Uganda has also become a magnet for American evangelical groups. Some of the best known Christian personalities have recently passed through here, often bringing with them anti-homosexuality messages, including the Rev. Rick Warren, who visited in 2008 and has compared homosexuality to pedophilia.

Wow.  I’ve never been to Uganda, and yet it seems so much like home.

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15 Responses to Holy Land

  1. Sarah Palin says:

    Who sent you my picture? You will be hearing from my attorney soon …

  2. Ghost of Anal Roberts says:

    I’m waiting for you in HELL Squathole.

  3. Neil, a Christian soul says:

    This is ignorant and slanderous, and that pornographic photo is blasphemy. You’re going to hell.

  4. 'Nonymous says:

    I’m a bit surprised by your position here, which suggests you favor restrictions on free expression. Is your point that these Evangelists haven’t the right to say what they believe, even if (in your opinion, anyway) they’re wrong, and what they say has consequences you disapprove of?

    • Squathole says:

      Hardly, ‘Non. They have every right to advertise their ignorance, regardless of the consequence. They share the corresponding responsibility for the consequences, which is exactly what they’re NOT doing by claiming they had no idea this would happen, and lamenting the results. Hard to say if they’re pathetically stupid or breathtakingingly evil. Neither is what I look for in a legitimate clergyman, but as an atheist, I have high standards.

  5. ya'gotta'guessit says:

    Ah, those impressionable Ugandans…just minding their own business, when a couple of all-powerful evangelical Christians blow (sorry) into town, and upend (sorry) their long-held (sorry) toleration of gays!

    C’mon, Squatty, even the original, poorly-written NYT article made it clear that “the continent is full of harsh homophobic laws”, albeit at the ass-end (sorry) of the piece, and only after noting that many Africans see homosexuality as a Western import (!).

    • Squathole says:

      The Ugandans are anything but absolved — their official and unofficial sanctioning of violent homophobic actions are as ignorant as they are. But they evidently weren’t a secret, and the Evangelical Trumverate was all too happy fly by with their brimming gasoline cans. That’s half my point: that they either were pathetically stupid not to anticipate the reaction they’re now backpedalling away like mad from, or they knew damn well this could happen and are pleased to be doing god’s work so effectively.

      The other point is old and tired: Just what business is it of ANYbody, let alone a church, to pry into people’s pants and bedrooms? Shouldn’t they be more concerned with souls and salvation? Or am I just being a misinformed atheist here?

      I like the line about the western import, too. Basil Fawlty, on the Greek chef: “That type rather invented it, didn’t they?

  6. Travis T says:

    Nasty nasty nasty. Not that I would ever stick up for social conservatives, but last I looked, it’ s still possible to oppose this country’s policies on illegal immigration and health care reform without supporting homophobia and going to tea parties.

  7. Kent Standit says:

    Squats —

    Did the nuns beat your ass when you were a child? How about as an adult?

    No? Let me know, I can arrange something.


  8. Fran G'Panni says:

    From the article you cited:

    “Now we really have to go undercover,” said Stosh Mugisha, a gay rights activist who said she was pinned down in a guava orchard and raped by a farmhand who wanted to cure her of her attraction to girls. She said that she was impregnated and infected with H.I.V., but that her grandmother’s reaction was simply, “ ‘You are too stubborn.’ ”

    If a church wanted to help, it wouldn’t fan these flames, it would send in missionaries to preach love and respect for all God’s creations.

    Or am I just “too stubborn”?

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  10. Real classy and tolerant of you.

    • squathole says:

      Thank you, Robert, and welcome to the blog. I always enjoyed 26th Parallel; glad to see you’re up and running elsewhere.

      I agree that this post is sufficiently raw and crude and that it could be dismissed as classless, but you probably realize that “having class” has never been among my priorities, as it tends to obstruct the level of candor I prefer.

      That’s what led to the excesses in this post. I despise prejudice, and officially sanctioned fag-bashing pushes my sensitive little buttons. Add to that the willy-waving evangelicals spewing lies and spreading hate, and then denying responsibility for its effect, well, you read the post, so you know where I’m going.

      Again, thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll continue to express disagreements in your comments.

  11. Fran G'Panni says:

    Molleda is joking, right? In connection with that post about homophobia run wild, he accuses YOU of intolerance?

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