Glenn Beck wants America to turn back to God

Just a brief note. The hot ticket was in DC today where two rallies took place - Glenn Beck's and Al Sharpton's. As this article notes, two of the family of Martin Luther King spoke, one at each rally, on the anniversary of King's "I have a dream" speech. Reportedly, Beck said:  "America today begins to turn back to God." This resonates with Christians but I have to wonder, which God? Beck's, who is Latter Day Saint, or Alveda King's who is conserative Christian? Or Sarah Palin's who was … [Read more...]

Aid for AIDS Nevada severs connection with Canyon Ridge Christian Church

This just in from Aid for AIDS Nevada: After evaluating Canyon Ridge Christian Church’s backing of Pastor Ssempa of Uganda and his support of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, we feel that it is in the best interest of our clients, supporters and staff to dissolve our relationship with the church immediately.    Unfortunately, we will be unable to continue to work with the church, as long as they are associated with Pastor Ssempa.   Since what he and the Anti-Homosexuality Bill represent … [Read more...]

NPR on the roots of anti-gay sentiment in Uganda

NPR's Fresh Air raised the Uganda story to a higher level of interest in late 2009 when Terry Gross interviewed Jeff Sharlet. Today, another segment of Fresh Air revisits the issue by again interviewing Jeff Sharlet, this time about Sharlet's article in Harper's about his Uganda trip (a portion of the Harper's article is at the link). Recently, I noted Bahati's appeal to Leviticus as a public policy and here again he describes his intent to Sharlet: Sharlet recently traveled to Uganda to speak … [Read more...]

Pressure mounts on Aid for AIDS Nevada

Late yesterday, Change.org posted an article in response to my post about Aid for AIDS Nevada (AFAN). The AIDS services organization is now the target of a petitionfrom Change.org asking AFAN to denounce Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Change.org's Michael Jones makes the case for action from AFAN: It's quite the sticky situation. AFAN hosts an AIDS Walk. It allows Canyon Ridge Christian Church to march in it as a legitimate participant. Yet at the same time, Canyon Ridge Christian Church is … [Read more...]

Las Vegas AIDS support group silent on partnership with Canyon Ridge

In June, Canyon Ridge Christian Church ended the silence regarding their mission partner, Martin Ssempa, saying that the church leaders met with the chief pastoral supporter of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill in March.  Church leaders said they regarded some of Ssempa's methods to be "offensive" but continued to support him. Pastor Kevin Odor said the church hoped to maintain a relationship which would allow CRCC to influence their Ugandan mission partner. However, Pastor Odor … [Read more...]

Straight man’s burden – Jeff Sharlet in Harpers

In the current issue of Harpers, Jeff Sharlet provides glimpses of his trip to Uganda, reporting there in April and May. It has been out to subscribers for a week or so but here is a very brief part of the introduction provided by Harpers in conjunction with The Investigative Fund. I have seen the entire piece and it is a vivid description of time spent with several of the main movers of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. If you have access to Harpers, read it. It begins: A young man who called … [Read more...]

You didn’t win?

This one was gone for awhile. I am glad it is back because it is fierce. … [Read more...]

Today in history: George Washington on religious freedom

To Bigotry No Sanction, to Persecution No Assistance... -George Washington On August 17, 1790, President George Washington wrote a letter to Moses Seixas and the Jewish congregation of Newport, RI. Washington did so in response to a letter sent by the group when Washington visited their city. The account is on the Library of Congress website and provides important historical context for debates over freedom of religion for Muslims. On August 17, 1790, the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode … [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer too far right for the AFA?

I wondered if this might happen. The AFA now issues a disclaimer that Bryan Fischer's views are his and not theirs. This information comes via Right Wing Watch: And now Fischer's blog posts on the AFA website, like this new one calling the Cordoba House the "Timothy McVeigh Mosque at Ground Zero," are carrying this disclaimer: Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family … [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer: Now let’s ban the mosques

The American Family Association has become scary. There I said it. At one point, I presented facts to the AFA correcting a report from their information source, OneNewsNow, about the American Psychological Association's task force report on sexual orientation but their reporter hung up on me. I was allowed to rebut some criticism aimed my way which they published as hearsay, but the damage was done. But these are minor problems compared to where Bryan Fischer has taken the group. I … [Read more...]