Bachmann staffer accused of mismanaging public funds in 1999

Peter Waldron, Michele Bachmann's evangelical organizer, was accused in 1999 of "mismanagement of public funds" in connection with a youth program he founded in St. Petersburg, FL. Waldron founded Rising Stars Education and Sports Foundation in the mid-1990s and claimed to serve thousands of inner-city youth in the St. Petersburg area. However, according to reports in the St. Petersburg Times, city officials said the charity served far fewer young people than Waldron claimed, only about … [Read more...]

NPR on the difference between dominionists and evangelicals

Check out this report from Fresh Air with guest Rachel Tabachnick.There is much of interest in the report but here is some money that caught my eye:A 'Different' EvangelicalismTabachnick, who has been researching and writing about the apostles for a decade, says her own religious background has helped her with her research. She grew up as a Southern Baptist and converted to Judaism as an adult."Having the Southern Baptist background and growing up in the Deep South has helped me … [Read more...]

Evergreen Celebrates the Nobleman

In 2010, the Jewish ex-gay group Jonah began recommending the human potential group Celebration of Being to constituents as a step on the ex-gay journey. At the time, I wondered if CoB would become a "new way to ex-gay." Now People Can Change and Mormon ex-gay group Evergreen International are joining in.A notice from Evergreen offers:Breakthrough Healing with Women: The Noble Man WorkshopCelebration of the Noble Man: Healing Men's Wounds With Women. An intensive experience for men … [Read more...]

Ugandan MPs vow to pass Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Despite Cabinet's wish to shelve the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Ugandan MPs voiced defiance in a Daily Monitor article today,Members of Parliament yesterday accused Cabinet of bowing to pressure and described the Executive’s decision to block the gays Bill as “moral corruption”.The lawmakers said it was immoral for government to think that donor funds matter more than traditional values and vowed to push for the Bill and ensure that it is passed even without the support of gover … [Read more...]

Peter Waldron’s Vanishing Act

Last week, The Atlantic broke the story about Michele Bachmann's staffer, Peter Waldron, who was arrested in Uganda in 2006 on charges of possessing firearms illegally.  The Bachmann campaign credited Waldron with helping her win the Iowa straw poll vote on August 13. After The Atlantic story came out, there were several reports about Waldron with information about his background and an upcoming film about his experiences in Uganda. The title of the film is The Ultimate Pri … [Read more...]

American Anti-gay Campaign in Africa: Family Watch International

Late yesterday, Religion Dispatches posted my lengthy report on the anti-gay work of Family Watch International and the World Congress of Families.I became curious about FWI when I saw that they had distanced their organization from Martin Ssempa. I reported way back in January 2010 that Ssempa was associated with the group. However, efforts then to get FWI to respond to the issue were ignored.  Recently, however, FWI made a change which according to Slater was a reflection of their belief … [Read more...]

Uganda's Cabinet and Parliament At Odds Over Anti-gay Bill

Today, in the face of reports that Uganda's Cabinet tossed out the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Parliament spokesperson, Helen Kawesa, said that the bill "is in the Parliament now. It's Parliament's property." She added the Cabinet ministers will "have to argue it out in the Parliament" since the bill is controlled by Parliament and has not yet had a vote.Kawesa added, "If the Cabinet has issues with it, they will be brought in to the floor of the House."Currently, budget meetings are on the … [Read more...]

Uganda's Cabinet urges Parliament to drop anti-gay bill; encourages enforcement of existing law

Uganda's Cabinet Minister's have urged Parliament and MP David Bahati to drop the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, according to the Daily Monitor. Bahati declined to do so, saying the bill is now the property of Parliament. Here the entire story:Cabinet has finally thrown out the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2009 on the advice of Mr Adolf Mwesige, the ruling party lawyer. However, Ndorwa West MP David Bahati, the architect of the Bill, insists the proposed legislation is now property of Parliament and … [Read more...]


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