In the movie The Kite Runner, there is a scene where adulterers are stoned to death by the Taliban during half-time of a soccer match in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, in real-life Uganda, homosexuality is a capitol offense.
In January 2009, president-elect Barack Obama chose homophobic pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration. In 2013, the acclaimed documentary God Loves Uganda — which depicts the role of American conservative evangelicals (Warren’s proteges) in generating vicious anti-gay campaigns there — premiered in New York.
On Friday, U.S. Ambassador to the UN — Nikki Haley — voted against a resolution condemning the death penalty for LGBTQ people.
In December 2008, when Obama selected the homophobic pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at his presidential inauguration, progressive Christians were rightly concerned that Obama’s pandering to Far-Right Christian bigotry might have consequences. Indeed, as Bruce Wilson noted in his January 2009 article on Warren’s fanatical mission in Uganda, radical devotion to violent Christian revolution resulted in genocidal behavior by the Ugandan military. As Chris Rodda observed, the pressure to conform to radical Christian tenets promoted by Warren — thanks in part to Obama’s lack of judgment — even extended to members of the U.S. military.
As Rachel Tabachnik remarked in October 2010, missionaries of hate who advocate murdering gays have adopted the Ugandan model — designed by Rick Warren — as a prototype to be replicated in countries around the globe. While merging church and state is always dangerous, merging state powers with churches like Warren’s leads to crimes against humanity.
In May 2012, Kapya Kaoma examined the U.S. Christian Right and the attack on gays in Africa, with a special focus on the anti-gay Rick Warren’s role in exporting homophobia. As Frederick Clarkson reported, the acclaimed documentary God Loves Uganda, which depicts the role of American conservative evangelicals in generating vicious anti-gay campaigns in Uganda, premiered in New York on June 25, 2013.