Lou Engle, fanatic anti-gay Christian preacher who gave you San Diego's The Call and most recently the Washington D.C. "prayercast" to pray for the failure of healthcare reform (attended by Republican politicians), is getting ready to take his show on the road to Uganda this spring in order to encourage Christian "martyrdom" in the face of gay rights.
preacher (who sounds more like Macho Man Randy Savage before an old all-star wrestling match) has been calling for young Christians to take up the cause and become martyrs for their faith in their stand against "immoral" secularism, healthcare for all U.S. citizens, homosexual equality, and reproductive rights.
In our post-9/11 world, this all sounds a bit familiar, and it's meant to. Engle repeatedly looks to radical Muslims as his guide and preaches that he mourns that fact that Islam's followers know how to die for their faith, while Christians have become soft and forsaken martyrdom. He's also called for a second civil war in the United States and speaks of and "underground" Christian church that plans to take over the world.
Now, Engle sounds like he's way out on the fringe, right? But, surprisingly, he's not. He has ties to Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Rick Warren, Representative (of what?) Michele Bachmann, Sen. Jim DeMint, and Engle's divinely-inspired old roommate Sen. Sam
Brownback Brokeback, just to name a few.
A fantastic article by Bruce Wilson at Talk to Action has just been reblogged on LGBT POV, and I've been paraphrasing Wilson throughout this post. Please take the time to read his entire post "Will Lou Engle take his mega-antigay TheCall to Uganda?" It's the most exhaustive research I've found thus far on the web on Lou Engle and his ties to U.S. and African politics.
For coverage of Engle's anti-healthcare-reform "prayercast" with Senators DeMint and Brownback watch the embedded link below: