Jefferson Awards winner recognizes genocide looming in Uganda
Jefferson Awards winner, Dan Vojir, recognizes the "Genocide Looming In Uganda." His question, "Whither Warren?" That is, Rick Warren, the evangelical pastor of Saddleback Church selected by then-elect (now) President Barack Obama to give the invocation on Inaugural Day 2009. Obama's selection of Warren not only sparked a fire in the gay and lesbian community but Vojir, too, admits his mistrust of Warren runs deep.
[H]e has been purposely vague about his connections with the gay community and AIDS groups. He brags about his work with AIDS in Africa in rather vague terms. His last speech to Muslims was a rambling catastrophe meant to show how wonderful his Purpose Driven nations and P.E.A.C.E. plan are and how much he "loves" Muslims as brothers. You can also read about the communication between myself and Kay Warren's right hand, Elizabeth Styffe. That communication led to questions that have never been answered, like which faith-based AIDS organizations does Saddleback Church operate in the U.S. that include gays and lesbians?
Vojir also wants to know why Warren doesn't come forth and tell President Museveni and Christian leader Reverend Ssempe that criminalizing homosexuailty to the point of extinction is wrong.
[W]ith Uganda in his back pocket, why doesn't he come forth and tell President Museveni and Christian leader Rev. Ssempe that criminalizing homosexuality to the point of extinction is wrong? And why doesn't he stand up to the likes of Exodus International and The Family?
The now infamous anti-gay Kampala conference hosted by Uganda is a study in horrenduous hatred and homophobia. Rick Warren, at the time, was elsewhere, but his influence showed: his insistance on "abstinence only" programs has become systemic as well as toxic.
This year’s notorious Kampala conference was the opening salvo in a campaign to crush GLBT lives. The seminar featured Scott Lively, author of The Pink Swastika, who blames the holocaust on gay people.
The hate forum also featured Don Schmierer, a board member of the “ex-gay” organization Exodus International, and Caleb Lee Brundidge, who works with discredited ex-gay “reorientation coach” Richard Cohen. These American “ex-gay” activists clearly left their stamp on this evil legislation, giving Ugandan officials a way to justify the abuse because they can claim that “sinful” gays can choose to change.
The draft Anti-Homosexuality Bill was introduced on October 14, 2009 in Uganda's parliament. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill clearly violates the human right to non-discrimination, to be free from violence and harassment, the right to life, the right to be free from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and freedom of movement.
Related recommended reading, "American Evangelicals Play Role In Uganda Effort to 'Wipe Out' Gays" (October 18th 2009 by Wayne Besen, TruthWinsOut)
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