Yes, the United States has made huge progress in gay rights in an amazingly short period of time, but our religious fanatics are doing incredible damage in places like Uganda.
The far right freakazoids at World Net Daily are praising Uganda’s fanatical Christian fundamentalist president today for making homosexual behavior illegal and for staging a public show of “repentance.”
And American Christian Taliban leaders are pointing at Uganda as a future model for the United States.
Massachusetts pastor and activist Rev. Scott Lively believes Museveni is a model for other national leaders.
‘The Museveni prayer is a model for all Christian leaders in the world. The leaders of the West have declined in proportion to their degree of rejection of God,’ Lively said.
Lively also believes Uganda will rise as a major African power as America continues to decline. He uses Britain as an example.
‘Britain was at its height as a world power when it honored God as the Ugandan president has just done. America’s greatness has similarly diminished as we have shifted from a Christian to a secular-humanist country. But watch now for Uganda to be blessed by God for their desire to be His,’ Lively said. …
Homosexual activist groups have criticized the government of Uganda and Museveni for passing laws criminalizing homosexual behavior. A current bill before the Ugandan Parliament increases the jail sentences for homosexual acts and includes criminal penalties for those who encourage or promote homosexuality. …
Lively said he didn’t agree with the death penalty provision but supports the nation’s strong stance against homosexual behavior.
For another example: American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer is crowing, “It can be done!”
Homosexuality now against the law in Uganda, just as it was for 200 years in the US. It can be done. wnd.com/2012/11/uganda…
This isn’t breaking news, but in light of Rush Limbaugh’s vicious attacks on Sandra Fluke, I wanted to remind people—including companies that have recently pulled their advertising from his show—that this isn’t the first time that Mr. Limbaugh has engaged in morally reprehensible behavior. It’s good to have a couple of things in one place sometimes, lest we get distracted and forget.
Even more egregious than Limbaugh’s attack on Ms. Fluke, at least in my opinion, was his ignorant, knee-jerk defense of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) last year, apparently due to an overweening desire to smear President Obama at every opportunity. I say this not because I think President Obama needs protection from such a repugnant buffoon, but because of the legions innocent men, women, and especially children who have been brutalized by the LRA (more on them in a minute).
Do you remember this? On October 14, 2011, President Obama announced that he had ordered the deployment of 100 U.S. military advisers to help combat the Lord’s Resistance Army:
“I have authorized a small number of combat-equipped U.S. forces to deploy to central Africa to provide assistance to regional forces that are working toward the removal of Joseph Kony from the battlefield,” Obama said in letter sent Friday to House Speaker John Boehner and Daniel Inouye, the president pro tempore of the Senate. Kony is the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army.
On the very same day, Limbaugh went off on one of his typically ugly rants, Obama Invades Uganda, Targets Christians (link goes to Limbaugh’s site, full transcript). He characterized them as oppressed freedom- and democracy-loving Christians fighting Muslims in Sudan, then went so far as to imply that President Obama was sending U.S. forces to kill them because they are Christian (which they’re not, at least not in any rational, practical sense—they’re savage thugs, terrorists, war criminals). He also implied that President Obama supported Muslim violence against Coptic Christians in Egypt. Read the transcript for yourself at the link above. There’s audio of the relevant parts at Media Matters if you’d prefer to listen instead (the embed code they use won’t work here).
Now, contrast that with actual factual information about about the LRA:
What is the Lord’s Resistance Army?
The Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA (PDF), is a violent rebel group led by a self-proclaimed messiah, Joseph Kony. Formed in 1987, the group was first called the Uganda People’s Democratic Christian Army but changed the name to the Lord’s Resistance Army in 1991. The fight between the Ugandan government and the LRA is one of the longest running conflicts in Africa, and the LRA is one of the most brutal forces in the world, known for targeting civilians, perhaps most notably, children it forcibly recruits to fight. Though the LRA originated in northern Uganda, it has since spread to neighboring Congo, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic.
In its early years, the LRA claimed to fight against the Ugandan government to defend the rights of the Acholi, a local ethnic group in northern Uganda. However, the LRA’s extreme brutality against fellow Acholi quickly contradicted those claims. The rebel group is notorious for murder, torture, mutilation, rape, widespread abductions of children and adults, and pillaging. […]
Since 1987 the LRA has abducted tens of thousands of children, forcing them to serve as soldiers, porters, or sex slaves.
Though they are often portrayed as a Christian fundamentalist group bent on establishing a government in Uganda based on the Ten Commandments, religion no longer practically serves as a raison d’être for the LRA; rather it is used selectively to ensure adherence to military discipline and create an environment where commanders are respected and feared. […]
Here’s more recent news, from today, about how over the past 30 days the LRA has been going on the attack again, this time in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The U.S. special forces trainers sent to Uganda have these monsters on the run, but they’re still deadly. God only knows how much worse things would be, how many more lives would have been lost, if they hadn’t been sent to assist:
Lord’s Resistance Army: After long silence, the US-tracked rebels attack
Its numbers may have dwindled to just 200 fighters, but the Lord’s Resistance Army continues to kill, terrorize, and displace people by the thousands.
One hundred US special forces trainers are working with the Ugandan military to put an end to the rebel group. And while they may have succeeded in sending the group on the run, the LRA has proven dangerous in its desperation.
The latest attacks have occurred in the last 30 days, with LRA attacks reported in the village of Bagulupa, 35 miles east of Dungu in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The attacks occurred on Feb. 10 and 24, and appear to have been standard raids for food. One person was killed, and 17 villagers abducted, probably for use as porters or sex slaves, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Most of the villagers of Bagulupa have fled toward the larger town of Dungu, the UNHCR says.
Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba, the UNHCR’s spokeswoman in Geneva, voiced concern about the recent uptick in violence in the DRC, after a six-month lull in the latter part of 2011. […]
This is Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA):
Here is some of Joseph Kony’s handiwork:
This is what Rush Limbaugh has defended. Even a contributor over at Foreign Policy was sufficiently appalled by Limbaugh’s comments to write a short piece.
I want us to have a civil society again, but as long as Americans are willing to not only tolerate—but also to even applaud or desire to emulate—the ignorant, hateful, distorted rhetoric that issues forth from the mouths of people like Rush Limbaugh, the recently deceased Andrew Breitbart, Pamela Geller, Dana Loesch, etc. then I’m afraid there’s little hope for anything approaching the civility that my parents taught me was so important as I was growing up.
By the way, I was going to include a short documentary video about Kony & the LRA from Vimeo, but while I was busy collecting & typing all this someone else posted it on another LGF Page, so I’ll just point you over there to watch it.
One last note: If you’re on Twitter #StopKony is the hashtag to use when tweeting about (or looking for info on) Joseph Kony & the LRA.
In the October 14th episode of his radio show, Rush Limbaugh defended the Ugandan terrorist group calling itself the Lord’s Resistance Army, portraying the LRA as Christians targeted by President Obama for being Christian, and defending the agitprop of the LRA by reading it as gospel.
Only at the very last minute did Limbaugh admit to not really knowing jack about the LRA — but that’s all it takes to become an embedded wingnut meme.
Before I quote the transcript, let me illustrate the monstrosities Rush Limbaugh is defending in order to score political points against President Obama, by portraying the LRA as Christian freedom fighters:
LRA victim Ugandan John Ochola, 25, responds by telling his story. He was abducted by rebels from his village, Namkora in northern Uganda, which was attacked in February 2002. During the attack 50 people were axed to death and he was one of 35 abductees.
Taken from BBC News | Africa | LRA victim: ‘I cannot forget and forgive’ (h/t Gus 802)
Here’s the transcript from Rush Limbaugh’s show. Note that the headline remains posted on the website (!) (emphasis in the transcript is mine):
Obama Invades Uganda, Targets Christians
So nothing to worry about here, folks, only gonna be for a few months. Now, up until today, most Americans have never heard of the combat Lord’s Resistance Army. And here we are at war with them. Have you ever heard of Lord’s Resistance Army, Dawn? How about you, Brian? Snerdley, have you? You never heard of Lord’s Resistance Army? Well, proves my contention, most Americans have never heard of it, and here we are at war with them. Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. It means God. I was only kidding. Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. They are fighting the Muslims in Sudan. And Obama has sent troops, United States troops to remove them from the battlefield, which means kill them. That’s what the lingo means, “to help regional forces remove from the battlefield,” meaning capture or kill.
So that’s a new war, a hundred troops to wipe out Christians in Sudan, Uganda, and — (interruption) no, I’m not kidding. Jacob Tapper just reported it. Now, are we gonna help the Egyptians wipe out the Christians? Wouldn’t you say that we are? I mean the Coptic Christians are being wiped out, but it wasn’t just Obama that supported that. The conservative intelligentsia thought it was an outbreak of democracy. Now they’ve done a 180 on that, but they forgot that they supported it in the first place. Now they’re criticizing it.
Lord’s Resistance Army objectives. I have them here. “To remove dictatorship and stop the oppression of our people.” Now, again Lord’s Resistance Army is who Obama sent troops to help nations wipe out. The objectives of the Lord’s Resistance Army, what they’re trying to accomplish with their military action in these countries is the following: “To remove dictatorship and stop the oppression of our people; to fight for the immediate restoration of the competitive multiparty democracy in Uganda; to see an end to gross violation of human rights and dignity of Ugandans; to ensure the restoration of peace and security in Uganda, to ensure unity, sovereignty, and economic prosperity beneficial to all Ugandans, and to bring to an end the repressive policy of deliberate marginalization of groups of people who may not agree with the LRA ideology.” Those are the objectives of the group that we are fighting, or who are being fought and we are joining in the effort to remove them from the battlefield.
RUSH: — no question. How do you feel about the news? I want to go back, your extensive military background, how do you react to the news that Obama has dispatched a hundred soldiers to fight radical Christians in Africa?
CALLER: That’s amazing. I can’t believe he’s doing that.
RUSH: You can’t?
RUSH: On sending the soldiers to fight the Christians in Africa, here is how Obama ends his letter to John Boehner justifying sending troops to Uganda: “I have directed this deployment, which is in the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct US foreign relations and as commander-in-chief and chief executive.” Would somebody explain to me what you think our “national security interests” are in Uganda. Now, keep in mind, folks, this is the same Barack Obama who said that we had no national security interests in attacking Iraq. After they were shooting at our planes and trying to kill our president and Allah knows what else, Obama said, “We got no national security interests in Iraq! They don’t threaten us! What are we doing?” We’ve got 500 to a thousand soldiers in the Lord’s Resistance Army and Uganda trying to wipe them out, and we’re sending a hundred soldiers to help them.
Vital national interests are at stake, according to Obama.
Is that right? The Lord’s Resistance Army is being accused of really bad stuff? Child kidnapping, torture, murder, that kind of stuff? Well, we just found out about this today. We’re gonna do, of course, our due diligence research on it. But nevertheless we got a hundred troops being sent over there to fight these guys — and they claim to be Christians.
Sure enough (h/t SanFranciscoZionist):
Making Uganda safe for Islam!
14 posted on 10/14/2011 11:24:44 AM by PGR88 (I’m so open-minded my brains fell out)
Interesting contradiction. Rush just said they were a Christian group fighting against Muslims, and read a statement that explains their existence, which we would support. Wonder what the real truth is?
17 posted on 10/14/2011 11:27:53 AM by NavyCanDo
Obama spent $27Million of our tax dollars to help Kenya rewrite its national constitution. No surprise then that the eligibility requirement for the Kenyan presidency was altered so BHO2 is now eligible. He has his bolt hole all ready and waiting!
The Lord’s Resistence Army is Christian, though their tactics are hardly those of saints. Per Wikipedia:
“In January 1987, Joseph Kony made his first appearance as a spirit medium, one of many who emerged after the initial success of the Holy Spirit Movement of Alice Auma. Former Uganda People’s Democratic Army commander Odong Latek convinced Kony to adopt conventional guerrilla warfare tactics, primarily surprise attacks on civilian targets, such as villages. The LRA also occasionally carried out large-scale attacks to underline the inability of the government to protect the populace. Until 1991 the LRA raided the populace for supplies, which were carried away by villagers who were abducted for short periods…”
They are supposedly known to be brutal and use child soldiers. So, does that mean they’re different from the opposition who are every bit as brutal and use child soldiers?
Why in Hell are we always supporting Muslims and opposing Christians fighting for their very existance?
18 posted on 10/14/2011 11:29:01 AM by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
Three birds with one stone: bury the bad domestic news [Fast and Furious …
SonPower: Twice As Bad As Solyndra, Twice As Bad For Obama
[talk radio all over it Tuesday]
[and … ] he wants to take oxygen from Herman Cain.
But then there’s the icing on the cake — kill Christians. Africa is swarming with homicidal brutes who worship Allah. But no … only Christians.
58 posted on Fri 14 Oct 2011 09:18:08 PM CET by Arthur Wildfire! March
Exactly right, indy.
Christian resistence fighters to be ‘eliminated’ by peacenik Obama.
Where’s the outrage, America??
67 posted on Fri 14 Oct 2011 09:39:27 PM CET by ohioWfan
Maybe he wants his press to demonize Christians?
Even tho he/they know this group is lead by a self-proclaimed mystic?
Prob a campaign tactic.
75 posted on Fri 14 Oct 2011 09:52:25 PM CET by roses of sharon
“Now we are helping Muslims kill people.”
Didn’t we do that in Kosovo?
84 posted on Fri 14 Oct 2011 10:15:24 PM CET by DBrow
Obama killing Christians in favor of Muslims
keep yer powder dry…we could be next…
86 posted on Fri 14 Oct 2011 10:20:31 PM CET by Vaquero
Oh, and if anyone wants to read what the U.S. Congress has to say about the LRA: Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009, Public Law 111-172, enacted May 24, 2010 (PDF)
Fox News has really opened the race-baiting spigots lately; they’ve been pushing the bounds of acceptable commentary little by little, until now it’s pretty damned obvious what they’re doing.
Here are the blow-dried idiots of Fox and Friends, ranting, raving, and interviewing Michelle Malkin about another awful statement from President Obama.
What was the awful statement? In a speech about the bombings in Uganda, Obama said the terrorists who did it “don’t regard African life as valuable in and of itself.”
Malkin calls this a “bizarre and strange” statement. Because terrorists hate everybody, not just those … Africans. She says this is the kind of thing you might hear in a speech to the NAACP.
That’s right — they’re raging at Obama because he denounced terrorism, but didn’t mention white people.
Far right evangelist Lou Engle (last featured at LGF for supporting the criminalization of homosexuality, and saying there’s a Biblical basis for executing gays) is whining and seething about the Supreme Court decision that Christian groups on public campuses must allow the dreaded ghey amongst their pious gatherings.
Engle thinks this may be the persecution of Christians foretold in the Bible as a sign of the End Times, because his followers are being deprived of their God-given right to be vile medieval-minded bigots: Prayer Leader: Supreme Court Decision May Signal Onset of Church Persecution.
A 5-4 Supreme Court decision Monday requiring Christian campus groups on public universities to accept gay students as members and leaders may signal the beginning of religious persecution in the U.S., says prayer leader Lou Engle.
“This is the first time in U.S. history where the Supreme Court has actually ruled that gender rights now trump religious rights, which means this is the beginning of the possible coming harassment and persecution of the church because it’s going to be clear that the true church will take a stand only on the Word of God,” Engle, founder of TheCall prayer movement, said today. “So these campuses will find out who the real Christians are, who is willing to take a stand and risk their status with the school as a club.”
Engle said his group is challenging students to begin campus prayer groups and stand against pressure to change Christian organizations’ statements of faith.
“We’re going to head into this thing and seek to raise up a standard of a radical stand for God, for truth,” Engle said. “We’re going to fuel prayer all the more. It’s going to be a great time for true Daniels to arise and get an opportunity to proclaim the word of Christ in the midst of this. I think the darkness is always is going to bring out the best in the light.”
As I mentioned last time, it’s important to realize that Engle is not some fringe lunatic ranting away on a street corner. He’s very influential within the Republican Party; he hosts “prayercasts” attended by top GOP politicians including former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, and is involved in many other high profile political activities.
(Hat tip: Kragar.)
Far right evangelist Lou Engle is highly influential among the social conservative wing of the GOP (which is pretty much the entire GOP); he has hosted “prayercasts” attended by top Republican politicians including former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, and is involved in many other high profile political activities.
And this “man of God” who has the ear of the GOP leadership believes homosexuality should be criminalized; the nation he admires for their “principled stand” is Uganda.
Where they’re trying to pass a law that would execute gays.
As I discussed here last week, Jeff Sharlet, guest-posting on Warren Throckmorton’s blog, reported from Uganda on how supporters of the Anti-Homosexuality bill there understood American evangelist Lou Engle’s statements there as supportive of their efforts to get the bill passed. The role Engle might have played in offering American support for the bill is of intense interest, given that Engle has become an increasingly visible figure in the religious right — among other things, hosting a rally on the National Mall that included former presidential candidate and now Fox News host Mike Huckabee and the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins; appearing in a “prayercast” against health care reform with Republican members of Congress; and playing a prominent role in the recent Freedom Federation Summit held at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Engle’s anti-gay rhetoric is no secret, and in an interview with me on Friday, he supported criminalizing homosexuality, although he insists that he did not support the Ugandan bill because he believes the penalties are too harsh. But, as Michael Wilkerson reported for RD last month, at his Kampala The Call rally Engle did not contest the support for the bill of the speaker who preceded him, self-styled Apostle Julius Oyet. What’s more, Engle stated at The Call, “We know that Uganda has been under tremendous pressure—the church. We felt that same pressure. But I felt like The Call was to come and join with the church of Uganda to encourage you that in the nation who are showing courage to take a stand for righteousness in the earth.”
Engle now is splitting hairs and claiming that this statement wasn’t supportive of the bill, but rather of the bill’s promoters’ efforts to prevent the “homosexual agenda” from taking over the country.
Oyet and David Bahati, the parliamentarian who authored the bill, met with Engle before the rally and were, according to Sharlet, “ecstatic at what they perceived as Engle’s strong support of the bill. They felt his rally and his statements would be a turning point for the bill, reassuring their Ugandan allies that they had support abroad.” As Wilkerson reported, Engle’s speech at The Call was followed by James Nsaba Buturo, Uganda’s Minister for Ethics and Integrity, and a well-known supporter of the bill, who unequivocally supported it at Engle’s rally (something Engle claims he has apologized for).
Engle insisted to me — as he has in his public statements posted on his website — that he did not support the bill’s penalties. He also maintained that he did not know who the speakers at The Call were going to be, because the arrangements were handled by a Ugandan ministry (although he admitted meeting with Buturo beforehand). But he also made absolutely clear that he supports the criminalization of homosexuality, believes there could be a biblical basis for a death penalty, that the United Nations has promoted the “homosexual agenda” to Uganda’s detriment, and he lauded the bill’s promoters’ efforts to take a “principled stand” against that.
Here’s a must-see documentary on the American evangelists who are spreading murderous homophobic hatred in Africa.
World Net Daily columnist Molotov Mitchell comes right out and defends Uganda’s bill to make homosexuality a capital offense — because “God created the death penalty” for gays. This caveman even quotes Martin Luther King as some kind of twisted support for his “kill the gays” rant.
This has to be one of the stupidest, most hateful videos I’ve seen yet. Apart from the obnoxious rock music soundtrack, how is this different from the Taliban?
Scott Lively is one of the religious right evangelists identified by the New York Times as an enabler of Uganda’s insane death penalty law for homosexuals.
Here’s a video posted by Box Turtle Bulletin with a closer look at Scott Lively’s “philosophy,” and what he described as a “nuclear bomb against the gay agenda in Uganda.”