Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Family Way

“The Family” is the secretive religious group behind the now-infamous house on C Street in Washington, D.C. where a group of senators and congressmen, including John Ensign (R-NV) and Bart Stupak (D-MI) spent time. It’s also the subject of a book by Jeff Sharlet, an investigative reporter who spent time infiltrating the group, and as he recently told Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh Air, they are behind the draconian anti-gay bill that is being proposed in the parliament of Uganda.

“[The] legislator that introduced the bill, a guy named David Bahati, is a member of The Family,” he said. “He appears to be a core member of The Family. He works, he organizes their Ugandan 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.”

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Under current Ugandan law, homosexuality is a crime punishable by life in prison. The proposed law would not just condemn HIV positive gay men and “repeat offenders” to death, it would also jail for three years anyone who knows a gay man but refuses to report them to authorities. Further, anyone who defends in public the rights of gays and lesbians would be subjected to a seven year prison term.

In his NPR interview, Sharlet said the bill would “very likely” pass and become Ugandan law. He added that the nation’s president, whom he called a “dictator,” has long been in The Family’s fold.

The next time you hear someone say that Islam or some other religion is nothing but a political movement operating under the charade of faith and spreading peace and love and charity but is really bent on dominating the world with their dictatorial and ruthless doctrines, remind them of the long tradition of Christian missionary work that destroyed nations, cultures, and civilizations…and is still at work today, buying dictators and making laws that destroy people solely on the basis of who they are.

HT to Blue Girl.