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 Workshop Celebration 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 … [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 … [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 … [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...]

AFA takes a stand on religious freedom

While this is not a perfect statement (see this post for a critique), the AFA decided to oppose Bryan Fischer's narrow view of the First Amendment. Earlier this week, the AFA issued the following statement. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR ALL  An American Family Association Policy Statement  The American Family Association celebrates Religious Freedom for all people and for all beliefs as one of the foundational values that make the United States of America a great nation.   Historical … [Read more...]

Switchfoot – Dark Horses

And now an addition for your Friday soundtrack. Not Switchfoot's strongest song, but it has an infectious hook with some encouragement for all of us dark horses. … [Read more...]

AACC is not larger than the APA

Yesterday, Right Wing Watch pointed to a broadcast  from Liberty Counsel and a tweet from the same group saying that the American Association of Christian Counselors is larger than the American Psychological Association. Here is the still-uncorrected tweet: As RWW pointed out, that is simply not true. The non-profit APA has "more than 154,000 members" and the for profit AACC has said they have "nearly 50,000 members" for several years. There is another aspect to the claims made by … [Read more...]

Bachmann staffer: Perry is Saul and Bachmann is David

The visibility of veteran GOP political organizer Peter Waldron has risen a good bit since The Atlantic broke a story today about Waldron's 2006 detention in Uganda on allegations of illegal gun possession. Waldron has a lengthy resume but now includes work for GOP Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. Specifically, the campaign acknowledged that Waldron helped deliver the Iowa straw poll win last weekend. According to The Atlantic's Garance Franke-Ruta, Alice Stewart, Bachmann's press … [Read more...]