God loves Uganda

A documentary premiering today at the Sundance film festival explores the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting "sexual immorality" and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law. A statement from its director reads:

I thought about following the activists-brave and admirable men and women-who were fighting against these policies. But I was more curious about the people who, in effect, wanted to kill me. (According to the provisions of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, I could be put to death or imprisoned.) Notably, almost every evangelical I met – American or Ugandan – was polite, agreeable, even charming. Yet I knew that if the bill passed, there would be blood on the streets of Kampala.

What explains that contradiction? What explains the murderous rage and ecstatic transcendence? In the well-known trope about Africa, a white man journeys into the heart of darkness and finds the mystery of Africa and its unknowable otherness. I, a black man, made that journey and found – America.

God Loves Uganda – Teaser

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10 thoughts on “God loves Uganda”

  1. There is an irony here. As far as I can work out, Africans were never particularly homophobic. Their current homophobia almost certainly comes straight from their former Victorian colonial masters. Thus even as they complain about the legacy of colonialism, they keep on clinging to some of its ugliest aspects.

    In the meantime the descendants of their colonizers have moved on to more liberal ways.

    1. “In the meantime the descendants of their colonizers have moved on to more liberal ways.”

      Quite the opposite I think, there is much Victorian revivalism amongst the Anglophone nations. You can say gays have it better (barely), you can say some women have it better (we’re living in militant feminist times), but any group falling outside of “allowed differences” are set upon with pitch forks.

      Look at the rights of children, especially adolescents, at a time when they’re supposed to be starting to make their own way in the world, there is all this propaganda about their supposed “innocence”, that they don’t know their own minds or bodies and that they should be under the control of ever more interfering parents, teachers and other authority figures. More than likely just a ploy to get more malleable minds for the military machine.

      Despite certain groups gaining rights by becoming “tolerable”, society itself is returning to the dark ages and America seems to be at the forefront of the idiocy.

      1. Jim, yes, you make a good point: in at least some ways, western society is today in fact more prudish than the Victorians were. Still, on the whole we are perhaps better off now than we were then, and there is hope that the attack of prudishness of the past decade or three will turn out to be a temporary aberration.

        Much of Africa has a long way to go, I fear, and interference by American evangelical types is not helping the situation.

        1. “Still, on the whole we are perhaps better off now than we were then, and there is hope that the attack of prudishness of the past decade or three will turn out to be a temporary aberration.”

          I don’t know, there are many people that would take the pitch forks out if they knew about this site, not just against those over 18 viewing, but those under 18 too. These are highly troubling times.

          I don’t believe in chance, the prudishness of the last 30 years plus has been a deliberate act by feminists on one hand, and diminishing (therefore, more radical) religionists on the other hand. It probably plays into others hands quite nicely too.

          To think we will come out of this prudishness without people making some kind of stand, is about as likely as blacks in america getting to where they are now without the civil rights movement.

          “Much of Africa has a long way to go, I fear, and interference by American evangelical types is not helping the situation.”

          ^ Understatement in the extreme!

  2. http://www.godlovesuganda.com/

    Another very interesting trailer:

    Can anyone say ‘African jesus camp’? But in Africa, their primary purpose is to be against any and all forms of homosexuality, even if it’s only perceived and not real. The documentary gives special attention to the International House of Prayer (IHOP), a New Apostolic Reformation organization based in Kansas City, Missouri. But, believe me, in this “IHOP,” there are no fluffy pancakes served with various tasty syrups.

    The purpose and ignorance of these religions (primarily judeo-christian and islamic) is to “eradicate” homosexuality by punishing and eliminating anything related to it (in their brainwashed minds) just because they [we] “cannot procreate” to produce more babies to indoctrinate into their religions. And they do this proselytizing in Uganda and other African countries because of their desire to feel “superior” (by ‘intellect’ and race) to the black Africans

    What they fail to consider and accept is that every day, millions of homosexual babies are born by heterosexual parents “to replace” those that they think they are “eliminating.” So in reality, they aren’t so “intellectually superior” at all.

    From the director, Roger Ross Williams: “Africa should not be a dumping ground for American conservative ideology, And when you unleash a message of hate and intolerance, no one is safe.”

    Roger Ross Williams also correctly states:
    “The film is really about one of the fastest growing religious movements in the world, evangelicals, who believe in Old Testament biblical law. Born in America, but with a global reach, this evangelical movement has been barely noticed by the mainstream media; yet it has over 400 million followers worldwide and huge followings in sub-Saharan Africa, Korea, and South America.

    Well organized and well funded, they are committed to the global domination by Christian fundamentalists of all aspects of society – government, media, religion, and culture – in short, nothing less than a Christian theocracy. Theologically, they believe that they must convert and purify the earth. They are particularly concerned with ‘sexual immorality’ – that is, pornography, any kind of sex outside of marriage, and homosexuality. They believe that their opponents are often possessed by demons. And they believe that one of the first places God wants them to purify is Uganda.”

    See more here: http://republic-of-gilead.blogspot.com/2013/01/new-documentary-god-loves-uganda.html

  3. I’am surprised that you spoke about the millions of homosxual babies that are born of heterosexual parents, Penboy. You are quite right even if you left out what may have been born if they where given the opportunity to be born. In this country over 2.2 million abortions where performed in 2011. The record for 2012 is not complete because not all states have reported in . Now out of that 2.2 million abortions how many homosexual babies do you suppose where thrown in the trash can.

    1. Wow!!! Talk about bait and switch! Sure you aren’t a lawyer? You just tried to change the topic of this thread. It’s about religious people teaching people to hate and then kill gays all in the name of some disgusting god. It’s about religion used to support the LEGALIZED killing of gays. Shame on you to try that trick.

  4. Now about that trailer. It’s fascinating how those worshipers looked like they were in a voodoo ceremony. Anyway, I’ll make sure to avoid seeing the movie because it won’t tell me anything I don’t already know plus the fact that I find that kind of fundamentalism nauseating at the very least. Still, for those that don’t know what is really happening in Africa and have an open mind maybe it will be an eye opener for them.

  5. Again, You may find this informative:

    Rachel Maddow Tears the “Cure the Gays” Guy A New One

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