Uganda and “The Family” are fucked up

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If you’ve never heard of the not-so-secret-anymore “Family”, I might suggest you look them up before continuing to read this post. In a nutshell, these guys are a group of powerful and influential individuals who believe the true message of Christianity isn’t about charity, forgiveness or any of the other typical conventions; they covet power, and believe firmly that Jesus came to Earth to take over, not pick sides. They’re essentially the worst nightmare of any secularist, since many of these members are currently in government.

Jeff Sharlet, the guy who exposed this secret organization in his best seller: The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, was doing a little digging and found the Family is behind a proposed bill in Uganda that would make Homosexuality a crime punishable by death. The so called crime of “aggravated homosexuality” even includes punishment for not indicating to authorities suspected gay activity. It’s essentially one of the worst human rights offenses in recent memory, and it’s expected to pass.

The list of scumbags who are supporting this bill include adulterer Mark Sanford (hey, isn’t adultery a crime punishable by death in the Old Testament?), Sen. Sam Brownback (who supports the Discovery Institute and is a creationist), Sen. Jim DeMint (who wants abortions to be illegal, even if the mother’s life is at risk), Sen. Chuck Grassley (who claimed that Americans need to fear government “death panels”, despite him being a part of that same government ), Sen. John Thune (who supported the invasion of Iraq as a way of getting Christianity in there), and Sen. Joe Pitts (the co-founder of the amendment to the health care reform bill that would make it so abortions wouldn’t be covered). That’s just the tip of the iceberg, I’m sure.

How insane is it that they are allowed to do this? Where is the outrage from everyone? I feel a deafening silence from the American public who elected these jerkoffs. Regardless of how you feel about the “homosexual lifestyle” (a term I have come to revile), you cannot sit idly by as members of your own government seek to facilitate the murder and torture of other human beings. Even the very existence of this secret organization violates the principles outlined in your Constitution. Do something about it, people, before it’s too late.

(props to Kate for the find)

Comments (6)

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    Paul

    Agreed that The Family is odious, but I don’t see how the Family’s existence violates the constitution. Have you heard of freedom of assembly? The Family is a private group, not a state religion.

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    Jacob Fortin

    I said it violates the principles, not the constitution itself. Any secret organization that seeks to use the power of their office for the advancement of their religion violates the idea of the separation of church and state. They constitute a kind of trust that functions outside of the regular bounds of acceptability, and the revelation of their existence should be ground enough to warrant their dismissal from office.

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    Jeffrey

    I find this truly frightening. I’m keeping a pretty close eye on the Uganda death laws, and when I found out about this I nearly blew a gasket. It reads like something from a conspiracy theory novel, except this isn’t just paranoid fantasy.

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    Paul

    I am a Ugandan atheist, and I agree with you that my country is FUCKED UP. The level of intolerance of homosexuals in my country is sickening to me.
    But just so you know, local civil society groups have publicly denounced this bill, as well as prominent local journalists and radio personalities.

    Religious nut-cases our controlling the national agenda, and that is the problem.

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    Paul

    Clarification: I am a different Paul from the first one who posted on 1st December.

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