The Family: DC’s C Street Group Tied To Proposed Death Penalty for Gays in Uganda

With their reported $13 billion tax-exempt financial empire, the Mormons may be the wealthiest cult in America — and Scientology may be the big thing among the rich and powerful in Hollywood — but when it comes to political power neither of those sects holds a candle to the Family, the Christian extremist political group that operates the now infamous C Street house on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Members of the Family have occupied seats in both houses of Congress going back to the 1930s, but for all but its most recent history, the hallmark of the Family has been secrecy. In the past year, however, three sex scandals involving highly placed associates — Gov. Mark Sanford, R-S.C.; Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev.; and Rep. Chip Pickering, R-Miss. — have thrust the group and its C Street house into the national spotlight.

And just this month, Family members Rep. Bart Stupak, a Catholic Democrat from Michigan, and Rep. Joe Pitts, an evangelical Republican from Pennsylvania, brought more attention to the secretive group when their Stupak-Pitts Amendment passed as part of the House health-care reform bill, threatening to further restrict abortion funding for the poor, if it remains in the final bill. (Pitts, like all his GOP colleagues, voted against the bill, even though it included his amendment.)

But what many people may find surprising is that the Family has branches around the world. In fact, yesterday, Jeff Sharlet, author of “The Family: Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power,” reported on NPR’s “Fresh Air” that it was a Family member in the Ugandan parliament who introduced a bill that would increase the punishment for homosexuality from life imprisonment, which is the maximum sentence today, to death:

SHARLET: [The] new legislation adds to this something called aggravated homosexuality. And this can include, for instance, if a gay man has sex with another man who is disabled, that’s aggravated homosexuality, and that man can be – I suppose both, actually, could be put to death for this. The use of any drugs or any intoxicants in seeking gay sex – in other words, you go to a bar and you buy a guy a drink, you’re subject to the death penalty if you go home and sleep together after that. What it also does is it extends this outward, so that if you know a gay person and you don’t report it, that could mean – you don’t report your son or daughter, you can go to prison.

And it goes further, to say that any kind of promotion of these ideas of homosexuality, including by foreigners, can result in prison terms. Talking about same sex-marriage positively can lead you to imprisonment for life. And it’s really kind of a perfect case study and the export of a lot of American largely evangelical ideas about homosexuality exported to Uganda, which then takes them to their logical end.

And who is David Bahati?

SHARLET: [The] legislator that introduces the bill, a guy named David Bahati, is a member of the Family. He appears to be a core member of the Family. He works, he organizes their Uganda 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…

Looking at the the Family’s 990s [IRS records], where they’re moving their money to – into this African leadership academy called Cornerstone, which runs two programs: Youth Corps, which [it] has described in the past as an international “invisible family binding together world leaders” and also, an alumni organization designed to place Cornerstone grads – graduates of this sort of very elite educational program and politics and NGO’s through something called the African Youth Leadership Forum, which is run by – according to Ugandan media – which is run by David Bahat…

So who are the members of Congress who belong to the Family and tolerate, if not encourage, this sort of extremism overseas? According to Jeff Sharlet, while most cult members are Republicans, members of both parties are welcomed. “Jesus didn’t come to take sides,” the members are fond of saying. “He came to take over.”

Here is a list of current elected officials Sharlet mentioned in the interview who he says are associated with the Family:

Current Elected Officials

  • Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas
  • Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.
  • Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wy.
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa
  • Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.
  • Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.
  • Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark.
  • Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.
  • Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Penn.
  • Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C.
  • Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich.
  • Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn.
  • Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va.
Other Notable Members

  • Gov. Mark Sanford, R-S.C. – caught visiting mistress in Argentina.
  • Rep. Chuck Pickering, R-Miss. – had sex with mistress at C Street house.
  • Chuck Colson – Watergate felon.
  • Late Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C. – provided classified documents to cult leaders.
  • Late Sen. Absalom Robertson, Dixiecrat-Va. – father of televangelist Pat Robertson

The mainstream media avoids referring to the Family as a cult, but check out this description of the group’s belief system from Jeff Sharlet and decide for yourself:

They have a very unusual theology in the sense that they think that Christ had one message for an inner circle and then a kind of different message for a sort of slightly more outer circle. And then the rest of us, Christ told us little stories because, frankly, we couldn’t handle the truth. And the core members are those they think are getting the real deal.

In other words, only they, the members of the Family, truly know what is best for the rest of us.

If it walks like a cult and talks like a cult…

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Listen to Terri Gross’ entire interview with Jeff Sharlet here.

Here’s the transcript of their discussion about the proposed Ugandan law:

Let’s talk about The Family’s connection to Uganda, where there’s, really, a draconian anti-gay bill that has been introduced into parliament. Uganda already punishes the practice of homosexuality with life in prison. What would the new legislation do?

Mr. SHARLET: Well, the new legislation adds to this something called aggravated homosexuality. And this can include, for instance, if a gay man has sex with another man who is disabled, that’s aggravated homosexuality, and that man can be – I suppose both, actually, could be put to death for this. The use of any drugs or any intoxicants in seeking gay sex – in other words, you go to a bar and you buy a guy a drink, you’re subject to the death penalty if you go home and sleep together after that. What it also does is it extends this outward, so that if you know a gay person and you don’t report it, that could mean – you don’t report your son or daughter, you can go to prison.

And it goes further, to say that any kind of promotion of these ideas of homosexuality, including by foreigners, can result in prison terms. Talking about same sex-marriage positively can lead you to imprisonment for life. And it’s really kind of a perfect case study and the export of a lot of American largely evangelical ideas about homosexuality exported to Uganda, which then takes them to their logical end.

GROSS: This legislation has just been proposed. It hasn’t been signed into law. So it’s not in effect and it might never be in effect. But it’s on the table. It’s before parliament. So is there a direct connection between The Family and this proposed Anti-Homosexual Legislation in Uganda?

Mr. SHARLET: Well, the legislator that introduces the bill, a guy named David Bahati, is a member of The Family. He appears to be a core member of The Family. He works, he organizes ther Uganda 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.

GROSS: So you’re reporting the story for the first time today, and you found this story – this direct connection between The Family and the proposed legislation by following the money?

Mr. SHARLET: Yes, it’s – I always say that the family is secretive, but not secret. You can go and look at 990s, tax forms and follow the money through these organizations that The Family describe as invisible. But you go and you look. You follow that money. You look at their archives. You do interviews where you can. It’s not so invisible anymore. So that’s how working with some research colleagues we discovered that David Bahati, the man behind this legislation, is really deeply, deeply involved in The Family’s work in Uganda, that the ethics minister of Uganda, Museveni’s kind of right hand man, a guy named Nsaba Buturo, is also helping to organize The Family’s National Prayer Breakfast. And here’s a guy who has been the main force for this Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda’s executive office and has been very vocal about what he’s doing, and in a rather extreme and hateful way. But these guys are not so much under the influence of The Family. They are, in Uganda, The Family.

GROSS: So how did you find out that Bahati is directly connected to The Family? You’ve described him as a core member of The Family. And this is the person who introduced the anti-gay legislation in Uganda that calls for the death penalty for some gay people.

Mr. SHARLET: Looking at the, The Family’s 990s, where they’re moving their money to – into this African leadership academy called Cornerstone, which runs two programs: Youth Corps, which has described its in the past as an international quote, ?invisible family binding together world leaders,? and also, an alumni organization designed to place Cornerstone grads – graduates of this sort of very elite educational program and politics and NGO’s through something called the African Youth Leadership Forum, which is run by -according to Ugandan media – which is run by David Bahati, this same legislator who introduced the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

GROSS: Now what about the president of Uganda, President Museveni? Does he have any connections to The Family?

Mr. SHARLET: Well, first, I want to say it’s important that you said it, yeah, it hasn’t gone into law. It hasn’t gone in to effect yet. So there is time to push back on this. But it’s very likely to go into law. It has support of some of the most powerful men in Uganda, including the dictator of Uganda, a guy named Museveni, whom The Family identified back in 1986 as a key man for Africa.

They wanted to steer him away from neutrality or leftist sympathies and bring him into conservative American alliances, and they were able to do so. They’ve since promoted Uganda as this bright spot – as I say, as this bright spot for African democracy, despite the fact that under their tutelage, Museveni has slowly shifted away from any even veneer of democracy: imprisoning journalists, tampering with elections, supporting – strongly supporting this Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2009.

He’s come out just this – just last week and said that this bill is necessary because Europeans are recruiting homosexuals in Uganda, that Europeans are coming in and trying to make Ugandans gay. And he’s been rewarded for this because this is sort of where these sort of social issues and foreign affairs issues and free market fundamentalist issues all come together.

GROSS: How did The Family create its relationship with Museveni?

Mr. SHARLET: In 1986, a former Ford official name Bob Hunter went over on trips at the behest of the U.S. government, but also on behalf of The Family, to which – for which both of which he filed reports that are now in The Family’s archives. And his goal was to reach out to Museveni and make sure that he came into the American sphere of influence, that Uganda, in effect, becomes our proxy in the region and that relationship only deepened.

In fact, in late 1990s, Hunter – again, working for The Family – went over and teamed up with Museveni to create the Uganda National Prayer Breakfast as a parallel to the United States National Prayer Breakfast into which The Family every year sends representatives, usually congressmen.

GROSS: What’s the relationship of Museveni and The Family now?

Mr. SHARLET: It’s a very close relationship. He is the key man. Now?

GROSS: So what does that mean? What influence does The Family have on him?

Mr. SHARLET: It means that they have a deep relationship of what they’ll call spiritual counsel, but you’re going to talk about moral issues. You’re going to talk about political issues. Your relationships are going to be organized through these associates. So Museveni can go to Senator Brownback and seek military aide. Inhofe, as he describes, Inhofe says that he cares about Africa more than any other senator.

And that may be true. He’s certainly traveled there extensively. He says he likes to accuse the State Department of ignoring Africa so he becomes our point man with guys like Museveni and Uganda, this nation he says he’s adopted. As we give foreign aid to Uganda, these are the people who are in a position to steer that money. And as Museveni comes over, and as he does and spends time at The Family’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, a place called The Cedars, and sits down for counsel with Doug Coe, that’s where those relationships occur.

It’s never going to be the hard sell, where they’re going to, you know, twist Museveni’s arm behind his back and say do this. As The Family themselves describes it, you create a prayer cell, or what they call – and this again, this is their language from their documents – an invisible believing group of God-led politicians who get together and talk with one another about what God wants them to do in their leadership capacity. And that’s the nature of their relationship with Museveni.

38 Responses »

  1. Clyde November 25, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

    You forgot to include Hilary Clinton in your list of “Other Notable Members”.

  2. Clyde November 25, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

    Oh wait – maybe he didn’t mention her in the interview, but he does mention her in his book.

  3. Henk November 26, 2009 @ 8:31 am

    Stupak is a Democrat.

  4. Editors November 26, 2009 @ 10:17 am

    Thanks for catching the typo, Henk. We referred to him in the text above the list as a “Catholic Democrat.”

  5. Trish Ponder November 26, 2009 @ 11:59 am

    I thought you were imitating FOX.

  6. ral November 27, 2009 @ 6:36 am

    Clyde: Hilary Clinton? Women can’t be in leadership positions in The Family. Didn’t you know? Look at the list – no girls allowed. It’s another He-Man, N0-Girls-Allowed Club.

  7. I-ask-y November 27, 2009 @ 7:34 am

    Fight hatred with Truth!

    http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2009/07/stupak_denies_family_ties.php

    http://michiganmessenger.com/23484/stupak-denies-knowledge-of-connections-to-mysterious-c-street-house

  8. Jon November 27, 2009 @ 7:56 am

    If you read the articles linked in I-ask-y’s comment above, you’ll see that, while Stupak denies being a member of the cult, he lives in the cult house, he attends the cult meetings and, as the Stupak-Pitts Amendment attests, he does the cult’s bidding in Congress.

  9. I-ask-y November 27, 2009 @ 8:22 am

    I just love it….Liberals attacking Liberals!

    Keep it up….America shall once again be restored to her greatness, upon the failures of the Left and the agendas set forth by Socialists, foreign and domestic….

  10. yellowdogD November 27, 2009 @ 8:39 am

    liberals attacking liberals?

    I defy you to show me one liberal named in the article. These people are as far right as it gets.

  11. […] on the Hoof, er…, Hill From one of the better distillations I’ve seen recently of the extra-governmental cult known as ‘C Street’: With their […]

  12. Trish Ponder November 27, 2009 @ 9:21 am

    ral, the only ones in “leadership positions” in the Family are Doug Coe and his staffers. Hillary, and every other member, is just that: a member. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2007/09/hillarys-prayer-hillary-clintons-religion-and-politics

  13. Jon November 27, 2009 @ 9:34 am

    I-ask-y – If you actually knew anything about liberals, you’d know that we always attack our leaders — you’re projecting your own blind goose-stepping in lockstep after your thought-masters onto us. For example, the right wing media never criticized Dear Leader Bush, the worst president in our lifetimes and quite possibly ever, as he wrecked the economy and sent us off to war for no reason other than a strutting little popinjay’s aristocratic desire to be a “war president.”

    Here’s some news for you: Just about every night, you can tune in to MSNBC and watch Olbermann, Maddow and Schultz criticize the president, the speaker of the House, the Senate majority leader and Democrats in general over a wide range of issues.

    On Fox and the right’s hate radio shows, the hosts never criticize right-wing nutjobs like Palin, Bachmann and Virginia Foxx — much less the minority leaders and other Republicans in Congress. It never happens — because Beckerhead and his ilk are not journalists or even legit opinionistas. They are propagandists, and nothing more.

    That said, yellowdogD is absolutely correct. The Democrats who are members of this death cult are as right-wing as most Republicans in Congress.

  14. BrokenArrow November 27, 2009 @ 11:22 am

    I live in Florida………never have I voted for the Party of Hate, and NEVER have I voted for that plastic-faced, separated at birth from Pat Boone look-alike, Billy-boy Nelson.

    FREEDOM…….SPEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE……JUSTICE FOR ALL……….KEEP YOUR ORGANIZED RELIGION TO YOURSELF.

    This ELITIST CULT touts the daily sermon of the hypocrite…….do as I say, not as I do. Anyone up for a hike on the Ap. Trail………..how about a few affaris, some lying, and a whole bunch of bribe money to top it off.

  15. Deb November 27, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

    This is a seriously scary organization and should not be given status as exempt for taxes because they call themselves a church. This is no more a church than AIG does God’s work. Give me a break. This is a very disturbed group of individuals who seem to all have a huge conflict of interest and perhaps even treason. As elected members of our government, they swear to protect and uphold our Constitution and do the peoples’ work. When they join this cult they swear allegiance to this cult and believe strongly in following the behavior of such notables as Stalin, Pol Pot, and Edi Amin. All bloody murderers of their own people. All war criminals. These are the people this group holds up as models. But in the light of day, some of these cultists have either argued for themselves or on behalf of those wingnuts that our own legally elected President is Socialist, Communist, Facist or Muslim. Saying he is trying to destroy our democracy when down in their little rat hole, they secretly admire the kind of person they accuse the President of being. This group of people need to be held accountable by those who sent them to DC with the intention of doing the best job for those voters, not The Family or God or any other foreign government. Once people at home start questioning their elected officials’ loyalty and the IRS yanks their tax exempt status, maybe the cult will find another place to try to ruin. Maybe Uganda will offer them sanctuary.

  16. utahmink November 27, 2009 @ 7:33 pm

    I cannot believe the comments – Figure it out- this is not a right/left, conservative/liberal, Rep/Dem issue. Don’t you get it? These are the people who are legislating laws not only for this country but influencing governments and innocent people around the world. How about putting an end to their run in Congress by joining together and getting them voted out. Where is your common sense and devotion to democracy?
    Keep up with this silliness of party against party and pretty soon you won’t have a government. Stand up as Americans.

  17. […] Let the eagle soar: […]

  18. Sharl November 28, 2009 @ 1:15 am

    I mostly agree with utahmink @7:33, although I think our government has been pretty much steered into a 2-party system by virtue of how it is structured by the Constitution.[1]

    Having said that, the left-right way of looking at things in the U.S. is WAY overemphasized, and I think that is not accidental on the part of the powers-that-be, who appreciate the distraction provided by petty and phonied-up arguments while they steal us blind. There is no correct binary way to properly figure out this country – good-bad, left-right, Dem-Rep, etc. – since analyses based on such simplistic views ignore the shades of gray and multiple causes that are involved in most major issues. However, if someone insists on a binary view of things, haves-vs.-have_nots (as in ‘having money’) comes closest to being accurate. As multimillionaire (billionaire?) Warren Buffet has said: ‘It’s class warfare, my class is winning, but they shouldn’t be.'[2]

    [1] In Parliamentary systems where the Chief Executive is selected by majority vote of the legislature, three or more parties are somewhat more possible. With a separately elected Chief Exec (e.g., our President), a third party has a real tough challenge getting even minor representation at the national level, and on the rare occasion they do – e.g., Socialist Bernie Sanders or (heh) Connecticut for Lieberman’s Joe Lieberman – they have to caucus with one of the two parties in order to win the support necessary to bring the taxpayer-funded goodies back to their constituencies.

    [2] 2005 CNN interview of Warren Buffet by Lou Dobbs:
    http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/05/10/buffett/index.html
    {via Wikiquotes: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Warren_Buffett}

  19. Sharl November 28, 2009 @ 1:34 am

    Heh, I just read my previous verbose comment, and forgot to note there that the ‘C Street’ bunch started as an anti-FDR, pro-corporation quasi-religious cult with a tenuous (at best) connection to the bible’s scriptural teachings. From what I’ve read from Sharlet, they remain such a cult to this day, and serve as yet another tool of the powerful and connected in that have-vs.-have_not business that Warren Buffet characterized so accurately and succinctly.

  20. hereticzero November 29, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

    Wow! I honestly had no idea! You know that other smaller churches and ministries support The Family so they are taking their donations and using them to bring death to another human being in the name of Jesus in a foreign country. Why? If a some religious nuts like these actually take over America some day …! I have a hard time thinking this kind of behavior is going on and our own govt. in the US is not doing anything to make this behavior illegal. How can this not be in our country’s best interest not to let this kind of intrigue continue? It is hard for the regular individual to believe that there is justice in either condemning a person to jail or death based solely on whom that person loves and wants to share their life with! And, that an American Christian organization is helping to sponsor such legislature in the name of Jesus!

  21. […] I’d like someone to ask the folks living at the C-Street Christian Brothel: […]

  22. majii November 30, 2009 @ 4:15 pm

    Well, one good thing has happened to the C Street house recently. Part of it no longer has tax-exempt status. I’m really thankful to Mr. Sharlett, Rachel Maddow, and Keith Olbermann for giving “The Family” the airing it needs. IMHO, it is a cabal of deceit and theft and has little/nothing to do with Christianity. If/when the “rapture” comes as many of these bozos believe, they’ll be very surprised to find themselves “left behind” with the rest of us.

  23. Angelo Ventura December 2, 2009 @ 9:09 am

    a “Family” of heinous criminals who will be the first hanged when the revolution’ll come

  24. Mark D'Truth December 10, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

    Ral, while women cannot be in a position of leadership within the Family this does not mean women are not part of the Family. There are same-sex cells made up of women, mostly the wives of men who are in the Family. Hillary Clinton is a active member of one of these cells. Here is a link to a story in which Clinton’s admiration of Doug Coe is detailed. “For 15 years, Hillary Clinton has been part of a secretive religious group that seeks to bring Jesus back to Capitol Hill. Is she triangulating—or living her faith?” http://motherjones.com/politics/2007/09/hillarys-prayer-hillary-clintons-religion-and-politics

  25. […] Currently elected Family members include: Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wy., Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., Sen Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Penn, Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., and disgraced Gov. Mark Sanford, R-S.C. […]

  26. […] The Family, that housed conservative Republican members of Congress and the US Senate, has now been tied to anti-gay Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.See author Jeff Sharlet who literally wrote the book […]

  27. Anthony January 8, 2010 @ 11:52 pm

    the mormons have a very serious history of violence and many racist doctrine beliefs .. I would also like to point out to you that several professors from BYU resigned after Smith’s signed copy of “The Book of Abraham” was found at the Library of Congress. He used his “special pwers” to “translate” the book and said it was about Abraham offering up Isaac. When it turned up in the Library of Congress more than a century later it was translated and discovered to be a copy of the Egyptian “Book of the Dead.” Joseph Smith was a charlatan, pure and simple. The BYU professors realized this and resigned.

    http://www.christiandefense.org/mor_black.htm

  28. […] Pensito Review as found at http://www.pensitoreview.com/2009/11/25/the-family-c-street-group-tied-to-uganda-death-penalty-for-g… […]

  29. […] notoriamente arroccate su posizioni integraliste. Il deputato promotore di questa legge – David Bahati – è membro del gruppo politico-religioso The Fellowship – conosciuto anche come The […]

  30. Politically Speaking February 26, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    […] our Senator Sam Brownback. In an article by Nicholas Kristof, the Senator is said to have lived at 133 C St SE while in Washington and is a member of the “Fellowship” or the “Foundation.” The house is […]

  31. […] Obama and members of his administration avoided the Family’s “National Prayer Breakfast” like the plague . . . Oh, […]

  32. James Kelso September 26, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

    The C street Family has strong tiies with the Uganda Family and it’s leader David Bahati that are lopping of the heads of the Gays there

  33. James Kelso September 26, 2010 @ 7:27 pm

    You Oklahomans need to be more informed about your Senators, you need too read the book Jeff Sharlet’s The Family. It is all about The C street sex scandles and is getting great press and MSNBC and Gretchel Maddow are causing some pulminary breathing problems for those congressmen

  34. […] as Sharlet told Terri Gross on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” the bill is likely to become law and that “it has support […]

  35. Daniel B .O January 6, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    Why all these accusations? Some of the comments here bear alittle ‘tint’ of facts but olla, all these baseless lies.I am a Ugandan proud to be from this land and a graduate of Cornerstone leadership academy. As Africans,our fore fathers long before any american aid came here abbhored Homosexuality and Jesus Christ also teaches us to flee any sexual lust. We African’s too have our virtues and a right to practice them without western adulteration!The time is now! Why must homos refuse to realize that ugandan people are tired of their manupulation & lies.

    It is not Just the right thing to crimminalize &demonize others becse they just wont take this ur american abormination of HOMOs,,read about sodom & Gomorah & U will realize that God will not let this sin go unpunished.

    Long live Uganda,long live our president,long live African autonomy
    FOR GOD & MY COUNTRY>.

  36. Jon January 7, 2013 @ 7:39 am

    Daniel – It’s telling that you did not bother to correct any “accusations” and “baseless lies” — because there weren’t any. You should keep in mind that here in America our forefathers used the same Scriptures you quote from to justify enslaving people that had been captured from Africa, including Uganda, and much more recently, it was illegal for Americans of different races to marry and African-American men caught “race mixing” in many parts of this country would be captured by mobs and hanged.

    All homophobes who use the Bible to justify their bigotry and hatred ignore the fact that homosexuality is a much lesser sin in both the Old and New Testaments than is adultery, which, for example, is prohibited twice in the Ten Commandments — once explicitly and once in the admonition not to covet your neighbor’s wives or his slaves. If you’re going to execute gays, then you must also execute adulterers — otherwise your country is guilty of the grievous sin of hypocrisy and you are all just as hellbound as the gays you kill.

  37. […] Obama and members of his administration avoided the Family’s “National Prayer Breakfast” like the plague . . . Oh, […]

  38. BrianC February 25, 2014 @ 6:32 pm

    We must all try to help our brothers regardless of national, political, social, cultural, racial or economic lines. That help isn’t always perceived as help by those we reach out to. Arguing with those who are entrenched in a cause will not change anything. Furthermore, if any national from these countries is seen to sympathize then they are guilty of supporting HOMOSEXUAL agendas and will be imprisoned or killed.

    Without implying names, you can’t possibly know who on this conversation string is pro-gay or even gay and using this forum to purge themselves before their political and religious leaders. This tactic has been used time and time again so we should be tolerant, helpful, kind and respectful if we are ever going to be able to open minds and form relationships that can sow seeds of positive change.

    Public bashing of Uganda won’t help… we need to create friendships so that people will trust our words and our honest concerns rather than become bitter at our tactics.

    To do this we must shed our nationality, our politic, our dogma. We must become the one thing that is common to all, HUMAN.

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