It is dominion we are after…

Right Wing Watch has noted a backlash among some evangelicals about the term Dominionism. Seems some evangelicals don't like the term applied to them. I want to address this more in a future post, but for now, I want to note a key statement about dominion made by Peter Waldron's co-author, George Grant. Recall that Waldron was key to Michele Bachmann's straw poll win in Iowa on August 13 and is now in South Carolina attempting to line up evangelicals for Bachmann.Grant and Waldron wrote a … [Read more...]

Uganda: Leaders give mixed signals over procedures for Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Earlier this week, gay advocacy website Behind the Mask quoted James Mukaga, a clerk assistant to the Parliament, as saying that MP David Bahati would need to get a statement of financial impact from the Minister of Finance in order to proceed with the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Mukaga said that the hurdle might now be difficult to clear since Uganda's Cabinet ministers recently declared their opposition to the bill.However, Bahati presented such a statement to Parliament when he first i … [Read more...]

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...]