Showing posts with label The Family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Family. Show all posts

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Rachel Maddow Interviews David Bahati, Author of Uganda's Kill-the-Gays Bill

     Here's some background on the scientifically-debunked myths still being spun by fundamentalist and Catholic Christians concerning homosexuality:

     Bahati claims to "love" gays, but believes they should be put to death. He goes on to say: "I want to be sure that this law is consistent with god's law."

     Here's part two of Maddow's Bahati interview.   Bahati: "I'm not involved in a hate campaign."  But, he believes that gays should be put to death, because the Bible says, "The wages of sin is death."  He also says that a certain Jewish carpenter agrees.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

John Ensign Will be Indicted

     The Los Vegas Sun reports that it's very likely that born-again Christian, member of the Family, and Republican Senator John Ensign, who called on President Clinton to resign after his blow job in the oval office, will be indicted on ethics charges involving his affair with "with his best friend’s wife, Cynthia Hampton, who had been Ensign’s campaign treasurer and whose husband, Doug Hampton, had been his Senate co-chief of staff," before paying them off, etc. etc.

     In the article entitled "Deconstructing the facade of John Ensign" the Sun reports the results of interviews with "more than a dozen friends, associates and Republican allies, some of whom have known Ensign for years," in which these Republican friends called him "tone-deaf," "borderline obtuse," "increasingly arrogant," "narcissistic," "reckless," "a detached, self-righteous figure," "oblivious to the collateral damage caused by his actions," "examples of Ensign's selfishness and arrogance are legion," "narcissism," "character defects," "he was an ass to his employees," "a showhorse, not a workhorse," "neither knowledgeable nor interested in the gritty details of policy or politics," and "uninformed."

     It seems that even in his hometown, Sin City, the hypocrisy of John Ensign is finally catching up with him.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The President, the Pope, and the Gay Walk into a Ugandan Bar

     Gay Uganda has a telling blog post today about the Catholic church's involvement in the continuing saga of Uganda's Bill Number 18, which if passes will sentence gays to life in prison and even death.  The blog reports that while the Vatican/Holy See has made a statement to the United Nations condemning discrimination and use of the death penalty and torture against homosexuals, this statement is not getting much play among the Ugandan faithful, where word on the street and from the pulpit is that the church supports the bill.

     Bishops from the Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, Seventh Day Adventist churches as well as Muslim kadhis agreed to defend the Bill in their centres of worship.
     Dysfunctional mother church is doing what it does best: saying what it needs to say so as to look politically correct at the global level, but not doing anything to challenge the exact opposite being done in the name of the church by its clerics and laity at the level of the local church.

     But it's not just the church that is politically ambidextrous.

     Late last Friday (when stories that the White House doesn't want to get much press are released), the White House finally made a statement about Uganda's proposed law:
     The President strongly opposes efforts, such as the draft law pending in Uganda that would criminalize homosexuality and move against the tide of history.
     I applaud the White House for speaking up, but who is President Obama to preach to anyone about moving against "the tide of history" when it comes to LGBT rights?

     Candidate Obama promised to be part of leading that "tide" and waxed eloquently in his post-election acceptance speech including "gay" in his list of supposedly equal groups of diverse Americans.  I cried as I listened to his words: the first time I'd seen a president (elect) include us gays as equal  Americans.  I had so much hope, but since getting into office, President Obama has done nothing but reinforce the status quo of keeping gays in their place as second class citizens.

     He promised to overturn "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) but men and women's careers in the military are ending daily while Obama drags his heels.  By the way, women and persons of color are disproportionately dismissed under DADT.  How's that for American equality?

     Obama has also remained silent on the popular vote that stripped the appropriately granted (via state legislation) equal marriage rights for homosexual couples in Maine.  Not only that, but Obama has given those wanting to strip same sex couples of their rights every bit of fodder that they've needed by making  repeated statements that according to his religious beliefs, he believes that marriage is only between a man and a woman.  This coming from a man, whose interracial parents were unable to get married because at the time  of Obama's birth religious people were arging that the bible and god's will was that marriage between people of different skin colors was an abomination.

     We LGBT persons who supported Obama are still waiting and waiting and waiting.  In the meanwhile, we're the ones that are supposed to be gracious and patient when Obama showers honors on the likes of Rick Warren who equated homosexuality with pedophilia, beastiality, and incest.  Holy Rick Warren who now lies repeatedly claiming to never had said this and to never have been involved in Uganda's kill the gays bill.

      It's apparent, that when it comes to LGBT rights, President Obama and Candidate Obama share different views, and like the Catholic church, Obama has mastered the ability to reconcile saying completely contradictory things to different audiences.

     That's hypocrisy I can believe in.

     So, how is the public American and Vatican political  pressure against the Ugandan bill doing compared to the private American and Vatican pressure to pass the bill?  The Observer reports:
     Uganda is likely to pass a law within months that will make homosexuality a capital offence, joining 37 other countries in the continent [of Africa] where American evangelical Christian groups are increasingly spreading bigotry. 
     "Learned behaviour can be unlearned," said David Bahati. "You can't tell me that people are born gays. It is foreign influence that is at work."
     Bahati has just presented his anti-homosexuality bill 2009 to Uganda's parliament. The bill, which will be debated within a fortnight and is expected to become law by February, will allow homosexuality to be punishable by death.
     "Most people have misunderstood the bill," Bahati told the Observer. "The section of the death penalty relates to defilement by an adult who is homosexual and this is consistent with the law on defilement which was passed in 2007. The whole intention is to prevent the recruitment of under-age children, which is going on in single-sex schools. We must stop the recruitment and secure the future of our children."
     Bahati's bill is based upon the archaic belief that we gays "recruit" children in the schools. But if we take a moment to follow Bahati's twisted logic, then wouldn't he have to banish the Catholic church and Catholic schools from Uganda?   But that would demand consistency, and consistency is never the mark of a religious fundamentalist.

     Read the remainder of The Observer's article here.  It's quite telling.

     In the embedded video below, Rachel Maddow continues her coverage how the Family, U.S. Politicians, Rick Warren, and now President Obama are involved in the civil rights disaster that is unfolding in Uganda.

Lest thou forget:

Monday, December 14, 2009

Feingold Confronts Uganda's Kill-the-Gays Bill

     More from Rachel Maddow's ongoing coverage of Uganda's proposed Bill Number 18 that would put homosexuals to death or in prison for life. 

     Finally, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley (Republican) comes out  against the bill.  Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold (Democrat) provides a blueprint for how other politicians can make a statement.

Friday, December 11, 2009

More Maddow Coverage of Uganda's Kill-the-Gays Bill

     Here is more of Rachel Maddow's continuing coverage of the Uganda Bill Number 18 (the kill-the-gays bill):

     More on Americans encouraging anti-gay sentiment in Uganda: Richard Cohen's involvement, American anti-gay activist Scott Lively urging the Ugandans to show "zero tolerance" towards homosexuality, and an interview with an Anglican priest who went undercover to the meetings that made the bill happen in Uganda. Big surprise: they are telling people in the U.S. one thing (we are against this bill) and telling people in Uganda another thing (zero tolerance for HIV-positive gays).

     Maddow uncovers more ties between elected U.S. officials, who are in "The Family," and their ties to the kill-the-gays bill in Uganda.

     Rick Warren finally comes out against the Ugandan Bill his actions helped to create.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

There Will Be Gay Blood: Rachel Maddow & Richard Cohen's Smackdown

     In her research on Uganda's Bill Number 18 that would put some gay people to death in Uganda, Rachel Maddow has uncovered connections between numerous U.S. politicians (the Family), religious leaders (Rick Warren), and the International Healing Foundation, whose mission is to help people "come out straight" from their unwanted homosexuality.  Founder of IHF is  an unlicensed psychotherapist and proponent of the hug-away-the-gay-method Richard Cohen, who was interviewed on Rachel Maddow last night.

     I will give Cohen credit for these three things: he condemned the Ugandan  bill, said that he's fine with homosexuals "choosing" to stay gay, and said that his therapy is for those with "unwanted" homosexual feelings.  Of course, growing up in the Catholic church and going through the seminary system, someone like me was conditioned by "well-intentioned" men like Cohen to believe that any and all homosexual feelings were bad and unwanted.  (I did have one counselor that broke that mode, whom I will write about at a later time.) Still, what child doesn't want to please his/her parents and their god?

     On the other hand, I must discredit Cohen, whose words and scientifically discredited claims (in his books Coming out Straight and Gay Children, Straight Parents) have been used to stoke fear of gays molesting children, to justify laws against gays including killing gays, and also most likely by parents who have forced their children into ex-gay therapy.

     Ms. Maddow calls him out on this stating:
     This is made up, fake authoritative stuff that in other countries is being taken as science and used to justify, quite literally, killing gay people.
     I do think that you've actually got blood on your hands here, because the way you have been used, and your organization has been used, and your staffers have been used to make this legislation a reality in Uganda.
     Watch Ms. Maddow's interview below.  My favorite moment starts just before minute 10, when she challenges Cohen's statements about what "causes" homosexuality and he doesn't even know what's written in his own book, concerning race as a cause of homosexuality.  This is a guy that has it all together. 

Friday, December 4, 2009

More on the Gay Death Penalty In Uganda

     The human rights disaster in Uganda known as Bill Number 18 and U.S. involvement in the creation of the bill continues to get messier

     It is now known that Bill Number 18 calls for life imprisonment for people who commit acts of homosexuality, the death penalty for acts of "aggrivated" homosexuality, prison sentences for attempts to commit acts of homosexuality, prison sentences for people who know that someone is gay but don't report it to the government, and the extradition of Ugandan citizens from around the world who commit homosexual acts in other nations back to Uganda where they would be killed or put in prison for life.

     Rachel Maddow is doing a multi-segment report on the bill and its connections to U.S. pray-away-the-gay Christian religious leaders: Rick Warren of Saddle(broke)back Church; Don Schmierer of Exodus International (which preaches "the message of Freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ"); Caleb Lee Brundidge of the International Healing Foundation; and Scott Lively of Defend the Family.  Also mixed deep into the origin of the Ugandan bill are members of "The Family."  Maddow is challenging these folks to condemn Bill Number 18 and to challenge the Ugandan government not to pass it.  For more information, Queerty has done a great job looking into the different U.S. political and religious players involved in Uganda.

    As far as I can find in my research, the U.S. government and President Obama have yet to make a statement against the Ugandan bill; however, other nations are making a standThe Daily Monitor reports:
In Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s conservative government called the proposed law “vile and hateful”, while Britain’s Gordon Brown raised the issue with President Museveni during the recent Commonwealth summit in Trinidad and Tobago. 
According to comments attributed to Gunilla Carlsson, Sweden’s development assistance minister, the Swedish government says it would cut aid [$50 million annually] to Uganda over an anti-gay law they find “appalling”.  Ms. Carlsson said the law would make it “much more difficult” for Sweden to continue helping Uganda.
     Click here for a petition asking President Obama to join other world leaders in speaking out against the bill.

     For the perspective of a gay Ugandan, here's a link to the blog: Gay Ugandan.

     There are a number of religious leaders taking a stance against this bill.  Kudos to them.

     Here are Rachel Maddow's telling reports:

"Uganda Be Kidding Me"

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Family, Rick Warren, & Killing Gays in Uganda

     Here's an update on my previous posting concerning Rick Warren's involvement in the pending Ugandan bill that, if passed, will put certain homosexuals to death.  Kudos to the European Union for speaking out against this bill, yesterday.  Where does the US government stand?  The answer is behind Oz's curtain, manipulating in the shadows.

     News agencies are reporting that the conservative and secret-society funded Christian group of politicians known as "The Family" is involved in the promotion of Uganda's gay death penalty bill.  If you don't know who they are, the Family includes a group of conservative Christian politicians of both parties that dorm together in Washington, D.C. at the C Street House.  They are behind the National Prayer Breakfast, and they also vow secrecy to one another concerning the details of their sordid lives.

     The holy group is best known for their members, hypcrites Sen. John Ensign and Gov. Mark Sanford.  They of the words of condemnation and demands for the resignation of President Clinton during the fallout of his affair, but who remain in office months after their own sordid affairs were exposed in the press.  Ensign's affair involved illegal hiring practices, sexual harassment of an employee, and a $100,000 payoff from mommy and daddy to hush his oral mistress.  Sanford's affair involved going AWOL, abandoning his family and the state of South Carolina for days without contact in order to travel on state money to Argentina, where his mistress of many years lives (oh, and he had other affairs, too).

      The following news report from Rachel Maddow discusses the links between the Family and Uganda's gay death penalty bill with Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family: the Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power.  The bill will make it a crime in Uganda to not report a homosexual within twenty-four hours of discovering his sexuality and will require the death penalty for HIV positive men who have sex.

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