Exporting Hate

Peter Montgomery has a painful article up at Religion Dispatches about the relationship between the nutcase wing of American Christianity and Africa. Apparently all the folks who we routinely mock, and are followed by sites like Right Wing Watch have second careers in Uganda. Montgomery reports on a new documentary called God Loves Uganda:

Dominionist Lou Engle describes Africa as a “firepot of spiritual renewal and revival,” and be believes Uganda has a special prophetic destiny. Engle has tried to distance himself somewhat from the infamous “kill the gays” bill that is pending in Uganda’s legislature, but here he is on film, at his TheCall rally in Uganda, standing with speakers calling for passage of the bill.

Engle tells the crowd he was “called” to encourage the Ugandan church for taking a stand for righteousness in the face of pressure from the United Nations and non-governmental aid organizations. Uganda, he says, is “ground zero.”

This is Lou Engle, who we unaffectionately refer to as “Thrusty McAwkward” for his pelvic thrusts on stage. He probably can’t get arrested in America, but he’s apparently big in Uganda.

Then there’s Scott Lively, another Pentecostal figure, known and mocked in America for his “Obama is Gay” theories.

Also appearing in the film is American anti-gay activist Scott Lively, who blames homosexuals for the Nazi movement and Holocaust. In the U.S., Lively is a marginalized and discredited figure, but in Uganda, he has not only had the platform of Martin Ssempa’s TV show, he was invited to speak before the Parliament.Lively has been working for years to convince people in Uganda and other countries that gay people are out to recruit their children and destroy their societies. Lively prays that Uganda will be the first country to stop them. Many politicians and preachers have taken up that challenge. At one rally a speaker asks for a show of hands—who’s willing to go kill gay people?

These figures are marginalized in North America, but their finding new audiences in Africa. I never thought I’d say this, but can’t we keep them here?

  • MNb

    “can’t we keep them here?”
    Yes, can’t you? I live in Suriname and some American evangelicals, pentecostals and whatever fanatics your country produces work hard here as well. Suriname is about as religious as the USA, but the people here have learned to be tolerant and as an atheist I very much like to keep it that way.
    At the other hand: couldn’t you send a bunch of liberal, enlightened, progressive christians? When I explain that taking the Bible literally is ridiculous Surinamese christians don’t listen to me, because atheist and what the heck do I know. Or are your liberal etc. christians too g*dd**n lazy to do some good and to practice their faith a bit?

    • kessy_athena

      I apologize on behalf of my country. As far as I’m concerned, what those people are doing to Africa is a crime against humanity nearly on the scale of what the Conquistadors did to the Aztecs and others. If I had my way, I’d throw all those bastards in jail and throw away the key.

      • http://theotherweirdo.wordpress.com The Other Weirdo

        That’s a bit pathetic, isn’t it? Fawning apologies like that never do anyone any good. What does “your country” have to do with what individuals are doing in Africa? I’m not even American, and I find that sort of thing offensive.

        And what would you charge them with? Or do you mean that you would just chuck them in jail without trial?

    • Artor

      My friend who is a timber framer went to Surinam a couple years ago to help build an eco-tourism lodge that should provide many jobs & help preserve the forest. He’s so liberal, I’m not even sure he’s Xtian. I’m glad he could go visit, but I want him to stick around here too.

  • Chris

    This strikes me as the equivalent of some pathetic middle-aged nutjob going to the Ukraine to buy a wife – a loathesome adventure that is patronizing, exploitative and vanity-driven.

  • Rick

    Maybe there’s more that secular humanists can do to help people in Africa? As long as there is poverty and desperation there, these men will find an audience.