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Ugandan Health Minister Says Prayer Cures AIDS, Linked to American Dominionist Movements

Jim Burroway

September 2nd, 2011

Health Minister and pastor Christine Ondoa

Christine Joyce Dradidi Ondoa wears two hats. She is a pentecostal preacher at a Life Line Ministry in a Kampala, Uganda, suburb, and she is also the new Health Minister for the Ugandan government:

Asked if she expected to be named a minister, the Mount St. Mary’s Namagunga and Moyo SS alumna, said: “Yes and no”.

“Yes because I knew that I was always meant for good things and knew that God was preparing me for a big task. But I did not know that it was going to come this soon and at this time.”

Ondoa is not without qualifications. She is reportedly a trained pediatrician, and she served previously as the Executive Director of one of Uganda’s three national referral hospitals. However, as Bruce Wilson discovered at Talk To Action, she has some decidedly unorthodox medical opinions. According to the Ugandan news magazine The Observer:

The newly appointed health minister, Dr Christine Ondoa Dradidi, has told The Observer that prayer heals HIV/AIDS, and that she knows three people who were once positive but turned negative after prayer for deliverance.

She, however, said medical workers and the general public should be cautious about people who claim they were healed of HIV.

“I am sure and I have evidence that someone who was positive turned negative after prayers,” Ondoa told The Observer on last week, promising to ask colleagues in Arua hospital, where she once worked, to find the relevant documentation.

As pastor, at Life Line Ministries, she works under the direction of apostle Julius Peter Oyet, who is one of the most influential evangelical leaders in Uganda you’ve never heard of. Oyet was present in the gallery when the Ugandan Parliament first considered the introduction of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in 2009, and he has been very open about his belief that homosexuality should be a capital offense. Oyet, who is also President of the Ugandan branch of the U.S.-based College of Prayer (or COP, which itself is a ministry of Rev. Fred Hartley’s Lilburn Alliance Church in Atlanta), was made a member of M.P. David Bahati’s staff to lobby Parliament for the bill’s passage. While Bahati is the bill’s author and sponsor, Oyet played a crucial role in its drafting. He reportedly told a documentary filmmaker:

I was there. Id have been part of the brains behind it. We worked on it. We planned who should propose it. It is the Ugandan’s bill. It is the culture of Uganda to keep purity. It is everybody’s voice. I worked with Bahati on this.

Wilson, who was among the first to raise the alarm over role played by the particular branches of Dominionism — you know, the thing that’s supposedly a myth — known as the New Apostolic Reformation and the so-called Seven Mountains Mandate in propelling the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill into Uganda’s Parliament, has effectively connected the dots between Ondoa and Oyet, to U.S. evangelical groups headed by Fred Hartley, III and C. Peter Wagner. Wilson points out that one key rhetorical hallmark of these groups is that they refer to homosexuality as a manifestation of “Baal worship.” Wilson also reports that two weeks after the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was introduced in Uganda’s Parliament in October, 2009, Hartley led a two day COP training session in Uganda to “mentor” Bahati and fifty other members of Parliament. Wilson’s report has many more details on the entire movement, tracing its inspiration from Christian Reconstructionist R.J. Rushdoony and Gary North, who advocated bringing back the Old Testament as the basis for civil law, including the mandate to kill gay people.



September 2nd, 2011 | LINK

If they make the Old testament the basis of law, they’ll have to start by killing Christians as the old testament would clearly label them as idolators and heathen, worshipping gods other than the one god of the old testament. That god has no son and does not impregnate mem’s wives for that purpose.

Leonardo Ricardo
September 2nd, 2011 | LINK

Keeping Uganda PURE as in ¨Ugandas Purity¨ is a admirable task…I would imagine they will start by punishing child witchburning, forbiding despotism/nepotism, exploitation of fellow human beings/sex slavery…and of course, not least of all, getting rid of the heterosexual tabloid featured trash (they won´t have to look far as they are pictured everyday in the slime news). The country is over-its-head in a cesspool of corruption=sin and these bigotted ¨Christians¨ zealots want more blood to flow of the innocent LGBTI ¨destraction¨ variety.

Congratulations to the Washington D.C. ¨C¨ Street selfrighteous exporters of fear and hate.

September 2nd, 2011 | LINK

I wonder if she would think me prejudiced if I suggested she pray to be white skinned.

Leonardo Ricardo
September 2nd, 2011 | LINK

Just what kind of emotionally and spiritually twisted ¨health minister¨ would reach out to gain more support by pandering to the ¨Kill the Gays¨ lynch mob/crowd? Not a very wise move for someone who otherwise seems qualified and ready to serve her fellow countrymen/women and advance a wholesome humanity.

Emotional sickness taints spiritual wellness in Uganda, sad, sad, sad. Dr. Joyce needs a Psychiatrist because of the potential for murder and death she initiates from the pulpit and beyond.

September 3rd, 2011 | LINK

If she really wants to set an example she should allow herself to be deliberately infected with HIV and then show everyone how to pray it away.

September 3rd, 2011 | LINK

fundamentalism is killing uganda.

September 3rd, 2011 | LINK

Well, many of us Christians believe prayer can heal people both spiritually and physically. The problem is if someone then declares that medical intervention is unnecessary. People start dying then. :/

September 3rd, 2011 | LINK

The triumph of Eurpean culture over Indigenous spirituality.

And the Hurons thought smallpox was bad…

This also opens the door to the “you weren’t praying HARD enough; you were INSINCERE in your heart” crap.

September 4th, 2011 | LINK

What the hell is someone who believes in faith healing doing as the Health Minister…ANYWHERE??

Prayer generally works best when combined with modern medicine, even my old Evangelical (non-denominational) chuch believed this. They also believed if something can’t be treated, or isn’t considered a disease by modern medicine…leave it alone. Or, if it’s considered a problem in some way…deal with it by other means.

The Pastor had both a disabled daughter and an openly gay son…and didn’t tolerate anti-gay crap or “if you pray hard enough, God will fix you” kind of talk either.

Of course, common sense is sorely lacking in Charismatic/Pentecostal Christianity…

September 4th, 2011 | LINK

That is why Religion has no place in Politics. This woman is a disgrace – Talk about mental enslavement! This woman only serves to confirm WHY the continent of Africa is still considered the Dark Continent.

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