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“Family” Leader Reportedly Confirms Opposition to Uganda’s Anti-Gay BIll

Jim Burroway

February 6th, 2010

That’s according to Warren Throckmorton, who spoke with Doug Coe at the National Prayer Breakfast. Coe is the leader of the secretive Evangelical organization known as the Fellowship, or the Family.

Mr. Coe told me in the interview that he believes Jesus loves all people regardless of sexual orientation. He and other Fellowship leaders told me that imposing the death penalty and criminalization of homosexuality is contrary to the principles of love and compassion that Jesus taught and lived and upon whose life and teachings the Fellowship is based. Furthermore, the National Prayer Breakfast movement’s mission is to build bridges of understanding between all people, religions and beliefs.

Doug Coe

Doug Coe

While I think Warren is a trustworthy source on this, I reserve a great deal of caution about the depth of Coe’s opposition to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. How committed is he in his opposition? Instead of relying on intermediaries, why hasn’t he made a public appearance or released a statement under his own name to that affect? Is he willing to put at risk his ties to the powerful Ugandan political establishment, including Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni himself, to press his opposition? Or will he moderate his message to something considerably milder — perhaps even with a wink — in order to preserve his ties to Uganda’s powerful elite?

When one asks, “What would Jesus do?” in this Jesus-plus-nothing paradigm that is the heart of Coe’s teaching, the answer should be obvious. Jesus put his entire life at risk when he overturned the moneychangers’ tables in the Temple, and they weren’t even thinking about killing anyone. They were just exercising the free market. But right now, it’s Ugandan citizens who have everything at risk, while Coe and the Fellowship have ventured little. I would however be very thrilled to post whatever direct response Doug Coe would like to give.

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

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penguinsaur
February 6th, 2010 | LINK

They’ll fly people to Africa to tell government ministers and huge crowds gays are evil sinners who want to rape your children. But opposing gays being jailed isn’t given any more effort than a press release and interviews with blogs.

Kevin Andrews
February 6th, 2010 | LINK

Coe and his minions are not likely to make any type of anti-hate comment. These Cults of Jesus Inc are entirely dependent upon the demonization and vilification of “the other” to keep pumping money and mindless sheep into their flocks.
That we have the likes of Inhoffe, Grassley, Edwards and Sanford within this fold is enough to mount an investigation for high crimes and treason. That Inhoffe would and has traveled to Uganda to endorse the kind of hate and fear-mongering spewed by the Cults of Jesus Inc and endorse the likes of Scott Lively who bills himself as “America’s number one expert on homosexuality” and is identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center speaks volumes to the real intent of this “Fellowship, the C-Street Family.
TAX THE CHURCH.
Jeff Sharlete’s book “The Family” is just the tip of the iceberg of this Cult of Jesus and it’s politics, manipulation and hate mongering around the globe to feed their flocks of ignorant hate and fear mongers.

Mykelb
February 6th, 2010 | LINK

I take what these treachorous homophobes say with a grain of salt. They all need to be investigated by the CIA since they have engaged in international treaty breaking and held accountable for their treasonous actions.

Lynn David
February 7th, 2010 | LINK

Gotta keep hope alive.

It was sorta good to get Coe’s word down on this but I think the person that should have been saying those very same words was James Inhofe. The Oklahoma Senator elected on ‘god, guns and gays’ is the person most often mentioned in the Family/Fellowship to have taken Uganda under his wing. Though it appears that Inhofe was not at that October Ugandan prayer breakfast when Bahati uncovered his bill. Sharlet on Maddow’s show had earlier said he may have been, but told me over at Throckmorton’s that he was not. Even so, I can imagine Inhofe commmiserating with an early Fellowship associate like Bahati about the US no longer having sodomy laws.

However, Sharlet did say that several members of the Fellowship from America had expressed disapproval of the bill as early as that prayer breakfast (or possibly before?). Oddly, enough Bahati believes the opposite. Sharlet quoted him as saying, “I don’t know the reasons why he’s saying he told me that when he didn’t tell me that unless he says he’s telling me now.” Sharlet’s thought are that the Family member may have thought about his objections to the bill at the time but not have voiced an objection until later. Thus remembering their objections all along.

Further Sharlet had this to say about Bob Hunter’s objection:

Bob Hunter says he expressed his opposition to Bahati directly. Bahati says yes, he and Hunter talked; but Hunter only told him about how embarrassing this was for some of their American friends. ” I do not know his personal views on the bill,” Bahati said.

Both these things may be true. Having spoken to Bob several times now, I know that (when he’s not angry!) he’s a gentle speaker who tries to find common ground from which he can make his case. I have no doubt he opposes the bill, and no doubt he expressed that to Bahati in his way; at the same time, having spoken to Bahati several times, understanding a bit about his conversational style — it’s direct — I can believe that he didn’t “hear” Bob saying that.

I guess sometimes it pays to raise your voice and have a little eye twitch going to really get your objections across.

David Blakeselee
February 7th, 2010 | LINK

Lynn David,

It is important in such communication to match the emotion and the content…people overwhelmingly interpret body language over content…

In therapy, it has been established several times, that a neutral therapist is often viewed as endorsing the client’s insights and assertions.

I would opt for running around the room with my hair on fire…throwing a few “WTF” around.

Wayne Besen
February 8th, 2010 | LINK

Until Coe gets off his a** and films a Warren-like video, than he supports the bill 100-percent, as far as I’m concerned.

It is great that Warren T. asked and he should be commended. But, Warren is not the New York Times, ABC News or even YouTube.

We need a clear public statement and genuine transparency. Not a clandestine back-room conversation that allegedly took place. A private assurance is essentially meaningless and will do little to thwart the bill in Uganda.

Heck, even Obama and Clinton made a public statement. Is Mr. Coe so self-important and his ego so enormous, that he thinks he’s better than the President and Secretary of State?

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