Audio: The Secret Political Reach of 'The Family'

Gus12/03/2009 12:04:56 pm PST

Uganda anti-gay bill supported by US Congressmen and Evangelists

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) has taken at least 20 “missionary” trips overseas since he’s been in office, allegedly paid for by U.S. taxpayers, using military transport. He is especially fond of Uganda, boasting that he has “adopted” the East African nation. In fact, he is so fond of Uganda, he has invited its leaders to become members of the not-so secret, secret society known as the Family in D.C., according to Jeff Sharlet, whose new book, “The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power” exposes just that.


According to Sharlet, Inhofe took David Bahati under his wing, making him a core member of the Family. Bahati is the author of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The Bill creates a new crime called “aggravated homosexuality” in Uganda and imposes automatic life imprisonment or the death penalty for its offense. “Aggravated homosexuality” is defined by the Bill as sex with a disabled person, having HIV/AIDS, use of drugs or alcohol that leads to gay sex, knowing a gay person and not reporting it, or speaking positively about same-sex marriage.