Anita Bryant Goes To Uganda

Jim Burroway

May 24th, 2010

That’s a riff on the title for Mariana van Zeller’s article on the Huffington Post today, in which she gives us a tantalizing glimpse into her new documentary which will premiere tomorrow evening on Current TV. That documentary, “Missionaries of Hate,” explores the aftermath of the anti-gay conference by three American evangelicals last year that set the stage for the draconian Homosexuality Bill that was introduced into Uganda’s Parliament.

I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children,” [Anita] Bryant said in 1977. “Therefore, they must recruit our children.”

More than 30 years later, our cameras were rolling as Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa brought a young woman to a press conference to testify about how she had been allegedly recruited to be a lesbian. “American money…is being used to seduce our children into homosexuality,” Ssempa said. “This bill is in response and desire to protect our children.”

…It’s been more than three decades since Harvey Milk’s assassination, but the battle he led continues and is now open on new fronts. “I believe that the Christian fundamentalists in the US have found fertile ground in Africa to fight their battles,” [Dean of Law at Uganda’s Makarere University Sylvia] Tamale told us. “Obviously they are not making a lot of the headway in the U.S., and they can very easily find allies here to fight their wars on the continent.”

The documentary, “Missionaries of Hate,” will premiere on Current TV Wednesday evening at 10:00 EST. Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, who I introduced you to this morning, was also interviewed for the documentary. I will have more on the documentary as well as Bishop Senyonjo’s observations about that conference — which he attended — Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, here’s the trailer:

Matt Algren

May 24th, 2010

FYI, “Missionaries of Hate” has already been released in full on


May 24th, 2010

This woman is the devil personified.


May 24th, 2010

I think this woman is an idiot. She was one when she first sarted ranting about homosexuals recuiting back then and she is still at it with all the othet bigot’s who are on the loose here . Now they are trying to screw up other people’s lives. Another bunch of pepole that needs to be minding their own business and let everyone get on with their lives.

Jim Burroway

May 25th, 2010

My goodness people! Anita Bryant didn’t LITERALLY go to Uganda. Doesn’t anyone read anything beyond the headlines?

I’ve heard that we Americans may be entering into a post-literate society. I’m just very deeply disappointed that a few BTB readers have already gotten there ahead of the rest of us. sheesh!

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