Evangelical Christianity Is Exporting a ‘Gospel of Intolerance’ to Uganda

In case you want to have nightmares tonight, watch Roger Ross Williams‘ brief documentary on how evangelical Christianity is creating a “Gospel of Intolerance” in Uganda:

for all that the church gave me — for all that it represented belonging, love and community — it also shut its doors to me as a gay person.

The American evangelical movement in Africa does valuable work in helping the poor. But as you’ll see in this Op-Doc video, some of their efforts and money feed a dangerous ideology that seeks to demonize L.G.B.T. people and intensifies religious rhetoric until it results in violence. It is important for American congregations to hold their churches accountable for what their money does in Africa.

This is the Good News taken to its logical conclusion.

And we thought it was bad when evangelicals tried to “cure” gays and lesbians.

(Thanks to Richard for the link)

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  • The Other Weirdo

    The problem with the last sentence in the shaded quote box is that, if the American congregations believe that what their churches are doing in Africa is acceptable and more than that, God-ordained, nothing will hold the churches accountable.

  • Brian Scott

    This has been going on for a while now. A group of Ugandans filed a lawsuit early last year against one of the wretches who spread anti-gay propaganda in Uganda (the same one who published a book saying the Holocaust was caused by gays.)

    Frankly, jackasses like that need to be tried for conspiracy to commit murder.

  • Chris B.

    I think this shows why it is so important to preserve the separation of church and state. Evangelicals would do they same things here, if they had the power to do so.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw m6wg4bxw

    I don’t understand why so many religious people feel compelled to mete out judgement and punishment on behalf of their gods. It is a recurring theme that absolutely baffles me.

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  • C Peterson

    Not just evangelicals. I know of no examples of religions finding themselves in political power where they operated benevolently. When religions have political control- any religion- people suffer and die.

    Suffering and death are and always have been the product of religion. That is only minimized (although seldom eliminated completely) when churches are made subject to secular law.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    One is the “to protect the innocent”. You know, because gay people want nothing more than to convert everyone so they can have sex with them. Especially kids. Another I don’t think is stated so explicitly, but I suspect it’s along the lines of eradicating a disease. If you think gay is a choice, and people can be converted, then you want to stop the ‘disease’ from spreading.

    Although both are probably mostly excuses for fear and hatred and just plain horribleness.

  • Stev84

    It’s not how churches who meddle there, but fundamentalist US politicians at the highest level. Senator Inhofe and the Family/C-Street cult are very active in proselytizing and influencing local politicians there

  • Librepensadora

    What is happening between the American fundamentalist Christians and Africans is like a hideous modern version of the enslavement of Africans. Why do white people seem to be unable to relate to people of color except in a relationship of power over them? And it seems that part of the underlying dynamic here is that American evangelicals are concentrated in the same part of the United States where slavery flourished for over 250 years.

  • Mario Strada

    This is frightening. Spreading hate using the god of love as an excuse.

    There is little we can do in Africa, but we should be able to shame these people here in the states.

  • Richard T

    Actually, one prominent American mega-pastor has taken the right side on this: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/Religion/post/2009/12/gay-death-bill-rick-warren-uganda/1