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Rachel Maddow: Should US Politicians Try To Stop The “Kill Gays” Bill?

Jim Burroway

December 5th, 2009

Rachel Maddow last night reviewed the role that Rick Warren has played in Uganda, including his siding with the Ugandan Anglican Church against the U.S. Episcopal Church over the ordination of gay clergy and bishops even though Warren’s background is Baptist.

Maddow also reviewed the role that several U.S. politicians — specifically Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), and Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) — in their own meddling in Uganda’s political affairs, mostly in changing Uganda’s previously successful fight against AIDS by insisting on abstinence only education. These politicians, it should be noted, are also all members of the secretive Evangelical group The Family, which seeks to “take over” (in Family leader Doug Coe’s words) the political, business and other power spheres around the world in a sort of “trickle down” national salvation plan, as opposed to focusing on individual salvation that is at the core of orthodox Christianity.

Rachel’s panel last night consisted of Congressman Anthony Wiener (D-NY); Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University; and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. She asked them a very pertinent question:

“Is it reasonable to expect that American politicians who have been, frankly, pretty interventionist in Uganda in the past, should be trying to stop the ‘kill the gays’ bill there?”

Click here to see BTB’s complete coverage of recent anti-gay developments in Uganda.

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Martin
December 5th, 2009 | LINK

Given our history of meddling in other nations’ affairs, there’s no reason for us to hold back on this one. However, I’m not holding my breath, either. The U.S. government is generally quick to meddle when it’s in our economic or political interests, but not so quick when it’s just the lives of a bunch of unimportant people at risk.

Maurice Lacunza
December 5th, 2009 | LINK

The U.S. and anybody who has a conscience should raise objections over Uganda. I wrote a letter to Rick Warren expressing my disappointment in his “Christian” failure to take up the cause of the lesser of these. I cc’d my letter to other church leaders as well.

This smacks of Nazi Germany and nobody in the so called “born again” crowd wants to speak up …for fear that they may look pro gay to God.

It’s shameful. My grandmother would roll over in her grave and say, my goodness…what is going on.

christopher
December 6th, 2009 | LINK

boy this very scary.this book -The Family-needs to be read.

lurker
December 6th, 2009 | LINK

Gotta love Rachel for bringing this issue to a bigger audience.

And gotta love BTB for being part of a group of watchdogs that (I assume) folks like Rachel goto for more information.

Arvin
December 6th, 2009 | LINK

NPR also covered the story with the author in late November. As usual bigots stormed their comment section.

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