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.