The Ugandan Situation: Continued Monitoring Needed in 2010
William Lindsey printable version print page     Bookmark and Share
Sat Jan 02, 2010 at 06:58:04 PM EST
We are delighted to welcome theologian William Lindsey as a guest front pager. This piece is cross posted from his personal blog Bilgrimage. He is a co-founder of the new progressive Catholic group blog, The Open Tabernacle: Here Comes Everybody - FC

Though mainstream media news coverage of the situation in Uganda has diminished in recent weeks, what is happening in that nation continues to deserve attention.  The movement to enact laws that may include capital punishment for gays in Uganda remains strong, and as Rev. Rick Warren's disciple in Uganda, Rev. Martin Ssempa, has recently announced, mass demonstrations in favor of the impending legislation are now being planned in Uganda.  Ssempa notes this in a video statement in which he takes Rev. Warren to task for condemning the Ugandan legislation.

Since the situation in Uganda remains volatile (and dangerous), I'd like to offer readers a list of links I've been collecting in recent weeks that discuss the role of the American religious and political right in creating the situation in Uganda.

The best comprehensive (and constantly updated) source I've seen for commentary on the Ugandan situation is Box Turtle Bulletin's "Slouching Towards Kampala."  For anyone seeking ongoing commentary about Uganda and links to abundant research tracking what has been going on there vis-à-vis gay citizens for some time now, I can't recommend this source highly enough.

What follows is a supplementary (and very selective) list of links to recent articles that probe the role of the American religious and political right in Uganda.  I offer these in the hope that they'll be useful to readers wanting to learn more about that aspect of the Ugandan situation.

(And as I offer these links, I'm struck  by the dearth of commentary among--by the total silence of--the American Catholic intellectual elite, re: the Ugandan legislation.  Shameful silence . . . . For an indicator of how desperately sane, open discussion (based in accurate information) of this issue is needed to correct malicious disinformation about queer folks circulating among African Christians, see my exchange with a commentator named Maazi N.C.O. following the recent National Catholic Reporter discussion of Uganda.)

And here's the list:

Frederick Clarkson, "The Africa Connection to the Attack on the Mainline Churches," Talk to Action, 19 Nov. 2009; and "U.S. Religious Right Stirs Up Anti-Gay Politics in Africa," Daily Kos, 23 Nov. 2009.

Frederick Clarkson, "`The Family' Behind Anti-Gay Act in Uganda,"  Talk to Action, 25 Nov. 2009.

Michelle Goldberg, "Uganda's Radical Anti-Gay Measure and the American Religious Right," Religion Dispatches, 30 Nov. 2009.

Father Jake, "Exporting Homophobia," Father Jake Stops the World, 21 Nov. 2009.

Kathryn Joyce, "The Anti-Gay Highway: New Report Details Mutually Beneficial Relationship Between US Evangelicals and African Antigay Clergy," Religion Dispatches, 19 Nov. 2009.

Steven Webster, "Cult of Conservative Christian GOPers Backs Death Penalty for Gays with HIV," Alternet, 30 Nov. 2009.

See also Bruce Wilson's extensive reporting here at Talk to Action, most recently about California Prop 8 activist Lou Engle: "Will Lou Engle take his mega-antigay The Call to Uganda?", 20 Dec. 2009.




Display:
Given the number of Roman Catholic bishops and cardinals that signed the Manhattan Declaration their silence on Uganda is not suprising.

by JerrySloan on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 05:35:00 PM EST
You're right, Jerry.  I'm not surprised (though I'm also not happy with) the silence of most Catholic church officials re: the Ugandan situation.

What does surprise me--and this is the gist of my statement about the silence of the "intellectual elite" of American Catholicism--is the virtually total silence on the part of Catholic centrist-liberals who usually speak up about issues of human rights.

When gay people and gay issues are the topic, however, it seems many members of the centrist-liberal circles of the intellectual elite in American Catholicism remain strangely silent.
William D. Lindsey
by William Lindsey on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 09:16:15 PM EST
Parent




WWW Talk To Action


The Republican Diversity Program... Is Working
The Washington Post recently underscored the larger point in this post, which goes far beyond the issues of the GOP diversity program. So I......
By Frederick Clarkson (1 comment)
Unholy Alliance for Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety
When I obtained a post from a private email listserv of gun control advocates, I wasn't sure what to do with it. Then I......
By Frederick Clarkson (1 comment)
Bobby Jindal's Big Rally for Christian Right Dominion
There is a big Christian Right rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Saturday, January 24th. The event, called The Response, is intended to, among......
By Frederick Clarkson (2 comments)
Dominionism, Gov. Rick Perry and The Response Rally of 2011
The David Pakman Show recently rebroadcast this "Classic Interview"  with Rachel Tabachnick in which they discuss her groundbreaking work on the New Apostolic Reformation,......
By Frederick Clarkson (0 comments)
Religious Freedom as Revolution
In which I discuss Religious Freedom Day on the David Pakman Show. I said, among other things, "The idea of religious freedom was one......
By Frederick Clarkson (0 comments)
President Obama's Religious Freedom Day Proclamation
As is the annual custom, Mr. Obama issued the the Presidential Proclamation for Religious Freedom Day, 2015. I have republished the whole thing after......
By Frederick Clarkson (0 comments)
Seize the Day (Religious Freedom Day) on Social Media
Today is Religious Freedom Day! And there are ways to participate on social media on this, the most important national Day that most of......
By Frederick Clarkson (1 comment)
Silencing Dissent: How Biased Civil Rights Policies Stifle Dialogue on Israel
"Silencing Dissent: How Biased Civil Rights Policies Stifle Dialogue on Israel" is a new article in Tikkun Magazine, (January 2015) by Chip Berlet and......
By Chip Berlet (0 comments)
Antisemitism and Islamophobia on U.S. College Campuses
Here are the Recommendations from the Report "Constructing Campus Conflict: Antisemitism and Islamophobia on U.S. College Campuses, 2007-2011: published by Political Research Associates, 2014......
By Chip Berlet (1 comment)
What Did Jefferson & 18th Century Evangelicals Have in Common?
What did Jefferson and 18th century evangelicals have in common?  If you guessed separation of church and state, you can go to the head......
By Frederick Clarkson (1 comment)
Waking the Sleeping Beast of Religious Liberty
This piece originally appeared as an op-ed at LGBTQ Nation. Something remarkable happened in the run up to the decision of the U.S. Supreme......
By Frederick Clarkson (0 comments)
Rousing Remarks: Remembering Mario Cuomo's Powerful Speech On Religion And Politics
Two memorable speeches were delivered in the early 1980s on separation of church and state. The first was by U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy......
By Rob Boston (0 comments)
Huckabee Dumps Fox News -- Might Jump in to the Race for 2016
According to a statement on his web site, tonight will be Mike Huckabee's last show on Fox where he has held forth on Saturday......
By Frederick Clarkson (0 comments)
Seize The Day!: Upcoming Religious Freedom Event Provides An Opportunity For Separation Advocates
Note: Like all of my posts, this one is a cross-post from Americans United's "Wall of Separation" blog. Two weeks from today, the nation......
By Rob Boston (1 comment)
War on Public Education
     Will Rogers once said "the schools ain't what they used to be and then again never was." Public education has become the......
By wilkyjr (2 comments)

Galt and God: Ayn Randians and Christian Rightists Expand Ties
Ayn Rand's followers find themselves sharing a lot of common ground with the Christian Right these days. The Tea Party, with its stress on righteous liberty and a robust form of capitalism, has been......
JSanford (0 comments)
Witchhunts in Africa and the U.S.A.
Nigerian human rights activist Leo Igwe has recently written at least two blog posts about how some African Pentecostal churches are sending missionaries to Europe and the U.S.A. in an attempt to "re-evangelize the......
Diane Vera (0 comments)
Charles Taze Russell and John Hagee
No doubt exists that Texas mega-church Pastor John Hagee would be loathe to be associated with the theology of Pastor C.T. Russell (wrongly credited with founding the Jehovah's Witnesses) but their theological orbits, while......
COinMS (0 comments)
A death among the common people ... imagination.
Or maybe my title would better fit as “Laws, Books, where to find, and the people who trust them.”What a society we've become!The wise ones tell us over and over how the more things......
Arthur Ruger (0 comments)
Deconstructing the Dominionists, Part VI
This is part 6 of a series by guest front pager Mahanoy, originally dated November 15, 2007 which I had to delete and repost for technical reasons. It is referred to in this post,......
Frederick Clarkson (1 comment)
Republican infighting in Mississippi
After a bruising GOP runoff election for U.S. Senator, current MS Senator Thad Cochran has retained his position and will face Travis Childers (Democrat) in the next senate election. The MS GOP is fractured......
COinMS (2 comments)
America's Most Convenient Bank® refuses to serve Christians
Representatives of a well known faith-based charitable organization were refused a New Jersey bank’s notarization service by an atheist employee. After inquiring about the nature of the non-profit organization and the documents requiring......
Jody Lane (5 comments)
John Benefiel takes credit for GOP takeover of Oklahoma
Many of you know that Oklahoma has turned an unrecognizable shade of red in recent years.  Yesterday, one of the leading members of the New Apostolic Reformation all but declared that he was responsible......
Christian Dem in NC (2 comments)
John Benefiel thinks America is under curse because Egyptians dedicated North America to Baal
You may remember that Rick Perry put together his "Response" prayer rallies with the help of a slew of NAR figures.  One of them was John Benefiel, an Oklahoma City-based "apostle."  He heads up......
Christian Dem in NC (5 comments)
Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Yes, that's right. We have totally lost our religious freedom in Mississippi and it must be restored by our legislators. ......
COinMS (1 comment)
Bill Gothard accused of harassing women and failing to report child abuse
Surprised no one's mentioned this, but one of the longest-standing leaders of the religious right is in a world of trouble.  Bill Gothard has been active in the fundie movement for over half......
Christian Dem in NC (2 comments)
Eugene Delgaudio may lose his day job as Virginia county supervisor
Surprised no one's noticed this, but one of the nation's most virulent homophobes is in a fight to keep his day job.  Eugene Delgaudio is best known as the head of Public Advocate......
Christian Dem in NC (1 comment)
Starkville Becomes First City in Mississippi to Pass Resolution Recognizing LGBT Residents
This caught me by surprise. I guess times are a changin in Dixieland. ------------------------------------- Cross posted from the HRC blog. Starkville Becomes First City in Mississippi to Pass Resolution Recognizing LGBT Residents January 21,......
COinMS (0 comments)
Robert Knight: Running against evolution could potentially be a winner for the GOP
In one of the starkest instances yet of how far gone the religious right is, one of its leading activists thinks that he's found another potential wedge issue that could drive more people into......
Christian Dem in NC (2 comments)
First Catholic official convicted in child sex abuse scandal has conviction overturned
Last year, Monsignor William Lynn, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's secretary for clergy, was convicted of reassigning a priest whom he knew had molested a young boy to a parish that had a school attached......
Christian Dem in NC (0 comments)

More Diaries...




All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective companies. Comments, posts, stories, and all other content are owned by the authors. Everything else 2005 Talk to Action, LLC.