“God Loves Uganda” is a Left-Wing Propaganda Hit Piece on Evangelical Christians

Did you actually watch the video? Watch it first, cuz it’s important. If you already watched it, watch it again. Then you may continue to read this post.

Last night on Twitter David “thereisnospoon” Atkins retweeted this:

That tweet made me curious. Those of you who have been paying attention know that when Spoony is involved you should automatically be skeptical. (That rule also applies to his brother Dante as well.) So I did some research (cuz even though I’m Just a Blogger I tries to get my facts straight.)

So I watched the TDS segment in question. Did you ever have someone tell you something, and even though you didn’t know what the truth was you were pretty sure that what they were telling you wasn’t it?

God Loves Uganda is a documentary flick that is creating a lot of buzz. It’s already won a Sundance Film Festival award and it could even win an Oscar. As Joe Biden would say, “It’s a big fucking deal.”

God Loves Uganda is a straight-up left-wing propaganda hit piece on the religious right and evangelical Christians. This is the kind of bogus bullshit that makes me despise Vile Progs.

Washington Post:

You’d never guess the subject matter of “God Loves Uganda” from its innocuous-sounding title. Although the documentary begins as an examination of the work of American Christian missionaries in Uganda, it methodically, and in almost roundabout fashion, circles ever closer to its true target, which is the anti-homosexuality bill currently being considered by the Ugandan parliament. The most controversial feature of the law is a proposed death penalty for so-called repeat offenders.

Just as alarming is the connection that the film draws between the brand of conservative Christianity being imported into the country and this legislative attempt to institutionalize barbarism. One Ugandan pastor, Robert Kayanja, compares homosexual activity to murder. Another, the U.S.-eductated Martin Ssempa, is shown delivering a fiery anti-gay sermon in which he presents graphic images of coprophilia, as if that behavior, along with child molestation, were the norm of gay sex.

Human-rights watchers allege that this religion-stoked homophobia has already manifested itself in an eruption of anti-gay street violence, including the 2011 bludgeoning death of Ugandan gay-rights advocate David Kato.

The film by director Roger Ross Williams, who won an Oscar for his 2010 short “Music by Prudence,” proceeds largely without narration. The Rev. Kapya Kaoma, a Zambian priest and Ugandan gay-rights researcher who fled to Boston because he feared for his life, sets up the film’s central premise: That however well-intentioned, the American Christian missionaries in Uganda have facilitated a climate of hate.

To be fair, most of the young, beaming, well-scrubbed missionaries shown in the film, many of whom come from the Kansas City, Mo.-based International House of Prayer, do not say anything terribly inflammatory, though nearly all condemn the sinfulness of homosexuality activity.

A few, however, go off the deep end, notably Scott Lively, an American anti-gay activist and evangelical minister who has prominently worked in Uganda. The film strongly implies that his talks there on the evils of the gay agenda, beginning in 2009, led directly to the current anti-gay hysteria. Lively is on record as having uttered some mind-boggling stuff, such as that gays were largely responsible for Nazism. Never mind that, in reality, homosexuals were among the victims demonized — and exterminated — by the Nazis.

“God Loves Uganda” starts slowly. And because it avoids the type of facts and figures that one typically sees in documentaries, it’s hard to tell the exact state of things in Uganda. Although some people identify themselves on camera as Muslims, it’s hard to gauge precisely how many Christians there are in the country. From the look of things, it’s a lot. One of the rare statistics cited in the film says that half of all Ugandans are younger than 15, making that (presumably more impressionable) population ripe for conversion.

Whatever the state of homophobia in Uganda — which Kaoma likens to an incipient wildfire — “God Loves Uganda” clearly lays the blame for it at the feet of the American evangelical movement. The movie doesn’t really argue its case, preferring to stand back, in quiet outrage, as the representatives of that movement are shown with the match in their hands.

If this movie was blaming “the Jews” for what is happening in Uganda then Jon Stewart would recognize it for what it is – anti-religious bigotry. But hating Christians is okie-dokie, especially white, conservative (Republican) Christians. (Nobody ever mentions that millions of black Christians oppose homosexuality too.)

Now lets get something straight here – I support LGBT rights and Same-Sex Marriage. In this day and age there is no justifiable reason for the law to discriminate against anyone based on their sexual orientation. If you think homosexuality is wrong then don’t be gay – but leave everybody else alone. I don’t want there to be any ambiguity or misunderstanding on my position.

On the other hand, I support the right of people to believe differently than me. There are some people who, with good intentions and no malice in their hearts, believe that homosexuality is a sin. I don’t agree with them, but that’s what they sincerely believe. Thankfully, every year there are more people who agree with me and fewer people who agree with them.

Yes, it is true that while there are some Christian sects that are enlightened and fully accept gays in their church, some/many/most of them still teach that homosexuality is a sin. Most of those churches that oppose homosexuality have adopted a policy of “Love the sinner, hate the sin” but there are always a few nutballs and fringe lunatics. The Westboro Baptist Church is a prime example.

I’m not particularly religious but I am sure that if there is a God that He loves all of His children, including the gay ones. The idea that someone should be imprisoned or even put to death because they are gay is repugnant to me.

Uganda is a country in sub-Saharan Africa that is about the size of Wyoming with about as many people in it as California. It’s safe to say the place is fairly crowded and it pretty much goes without saying that most Ugandans are poor.

I really don’t know much about the politics of Uganda except that Idi Amin used to run the place and he was a brutal dictator. My research tells me that almost everybody over there is black. The official language is English but they also speak Swahili and a bunch of other languages I ain’t never heard of before.

As for religion, here is what Wikipedia says:

According to the census of 2002, Christians made up about 84% of Uganda’s population.[106] The Roman Catholic Church has the largest number of adherents (41.9%), followed by the Anglican Church of Uganda (35.9%). Evangelical and Pentecostal churches claim the rest of the Christian population. There’s a growing number of Presbyterian denominations like the Presbyterian Church in Uganda, the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Uganda and the Evangelical Free Church in Uganda with hundreds of affiliating congregations. The next most reported religion of Uganda is Islam, with Muslims representing 12% of the population.[106] The Muslim population is primarily Sunni; there are also minorities who are Shia, non-denominational Muslims and those belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The remainder of the population follow traditional religions (1%), Baha’i (0.1%), other non-Christian religions (0.7%), or have no religious affiliation (0.9%).

You might take note that none of the Christian sects mentioned was the International House of Pancakes Prayer. Catholics and Anglicans (aka Episcopalians) make up 75% of the Christians. I don’t know how many IHOPers there are (here or in Uganda) but I’m confident they are less than a fraction of one percent in either country.

I don’t know what is driving the anti-gay hysteria in Uganda. It might have something to do with the AIDS epidemic that has been ravaging Africa for decades. One thing I am sure of though is that a handful of American missionaries are not to blame.

Now obviously it doesn’t help the situation to be preaching intolerance of gays. But “not helping” is not causation. Any preacher who could get millions of people to do what he tells them would not be preaching to poor people over in Africa, he would be over here with his own mega-church and a cable station.

God Loves Uganda does not try to enlighten the people of Uganda. Most of them will probably never even see it anyway. What the movie tries to do is make you think there a straight line of causation between evangelical Christianity and anti-gay violence. And it tries to do it over here. That’s bullshit.

There are countries that do execute people for being gay. Conspicuous among them are Saudi Arabia and Iran. All the seven countries that have a death penalty for homosexuality are Islamic.

The new Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill was passed last month, but the maximum sentence is life in prison.

Iran Hates Gays

Iran Hates Gays

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86 Responses to “God Loves Uganda” is a Left-Wing Propaganda Hit Piece on Evangelical Christians

  1. The Klown says:

    Oh gross!

    I gave the cat some tuna a couple hours ago to shut her up while I wrote this post. I just had my hand near my face and I can still smell the tuna on my fingers.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    A “Sundance Move Selection” says it all. The filmaker should grow a pair and make a movie called “Allah Loves Iran”. It would be interesting to see if the film crew would even survive the shoot. 😉

  3. Great post, myiq. Thanks for the research.

  4. driguana says:

    Great post Klown. There are so many things going on in the world that most people have no idea they are even happening….it’s not easy to keep up. Although I have never been to Uganda, because of the music, I have followed things Ugandan for many years. It has been very intense. If you go to You Tube and type in Uganda AIDS you can find lots of incredible videos on the subject. Many would suggest that in large part it IS the ravaging of AIDS that has propelled this issue. Wrap that around “religion” of any kind, be it Christianity or Islam, and you have you have the makings of a social inferno which is exactly what is happening now in Uganda. Also, you can easily guess the proclivity of anything coming out of Redford’s Sundance Festival! Rachel Maddow has also done quite a few shows with Ugandans opposed to the anti-gay legislation….they’re kind of interesting to watch also, if you can deal with Maddow.

    This song created a bit of controversy in Uganda because it proposes that all people with AIDS should be embraced by the community. Not everyone in Uganda who has AIDS is gay, by the way. So in it’s roundabout way, the song is saying embrace gays.

    • The Klown says:

      The first person I ever met who was HIV positive was a woman from Uganda. She said she was raped by a soldier. Her three year old son was also HIV positive.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        This was my first thought as well. AIDS has devastated so many areas in Africa, I can see them trying to find a way to address their problems and get their lives back on track. I may not agree with the beliefs of the missionaries, but they at least offer real help and not just twits tweeting.

  5. driguana says:

    OT but important. Tomorrow is the first full moon of the new year….

    Full Moon is tomorrow…
    NEW YORK = Wednesday * 15th January 2014 * 11:52:12 pm (EST)

    The full moon will be on Thursday (or Wednesday for certain time zones), the first full moon in this new year 2014!

    After all resolutions had already to withstand first temptations, and many have surely gone out the window by now, the question then arises: Why is it so difficult to change? First of all, the habit is an immensely powerful energy. Furthermore, every change harbors fear. So we are dealing with two giants: habit and fear. In order to tackle these you need two powers at least as big, namely faith (in yourself) and love (towards yourself). If you exercise this, you can change everything. Then there is no need for resolutions …

    • Full Wolf Moon – January Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.

    Go do a little howlin’….

  6. Weather alert! It’s warming up! 77° today and 78° tomorrow. Brace yourselves….

  7. DeniseVB says:

    So, we’re releasing OBL’s bodyguard from Gitmo, but not helping the imprisoned doctor who actually helped us catch him?


  8. The Klown says:

    What is the only country in the Middle East that recognizes SSM?

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Meanwhile, Hollywood takes on another important cause, killing babies. I haven’t paid that much attention to the new Texas abortion law, so I will just assume they prevent the Gosnell Method ?


    • Lulu says:

      As far as I can tell the big objection is requiring the doctors to have admitting privileges in the vicinity of where they are performing an outpatient service. Many of the abortion providers travel around and don’t have any professional ties to an area to admit patients if there is a problem. I have no idea if this happens very often but other doctors claim they cannot practice if they can’t admit patients from their office or outpatient clinics if there are complications. Basically the state is trying to make abortion clinics meet the same standard as other health care facilities and service providers. Raising money on the argument to keep abortion clinics to a lower level of health care is a rather crummy thing to do. Is this unfair to poor women who can’t travel to a place with a decent facility? Maybe. So the argument to me is safety versus convenience. Hollyweird hasn’t seen some of the dumps used as clinics in some poor areas but they raise money to keep them open. Why not raise money to build new ones that meet health standards instead of for “people to talk about it” which means for them to be seen haranguing people they don’t like.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Exactly ! Virginia upgraded clinics to nail salon health standards and the vile progs went wild ! Especially Planned Parenthood who had to shut down some clinics because it was too expensive to rehab them. However, their “political pac” donated a million to Terry McAuliffe’s campaign. I was told that’s different money. Uhm, okay. Their ad buy was that freakin’ war on women tone against the GOP. Yes, it was hate money, they could give a flip about the safety issues for women (especially poor minorities).

  10. SHV says:

    “Nigeria begins arrests after anti-gay law passed’


    38 African countries have anti-gay laws….Who knew that White American fundies control the African legal systems.

  11. helenk3 says:

    off topic

    the last line of this article struck me funny

    eat before you come, other wise we have pay to feed you


    • The Klown says:

      There have been no media reports on First Lady Michelle Obama’s extended Hawaii vacation since it was abruptly announced she was staying behind when her husband and daughters returned to Washington from the family’s annual Christmas vacation to the state where the president was raised as a teenager.

      A Google News search shows only a handful of articles just after New Year’s Day based on local reports Obama was staying at the Maui estate of Oprah Winfrey. Those articles mentioned Maui locals upset by road closures near Winfrey’s estate. Since then there have been no reports of Obama dining out (which she loves to do), hitting the beach or being seen in public at all.

      The only reporter to break the news blackout of late is Keith Koffler, who reported that according to a White House schedule, she is expected to headline a White House event this Wednesday, thus ending her nearly four week vacation.

      The Obama administration has a history of bullying the press to keep them from reporting on the Obama family’s luxury vacations at taxpayer expense. Once again it appears the media has acquiesced. Not even the paparazzi have dared take pictures of Obama on her extended vacation.

      Since when does MO stay home?

      More evidence that FLOTUS got some nip & tuck refurbishing done. she didn’t want to be seen with bandages and swelling.

  12. Somebody says:

    Agree with everybody, Sundance says it all.

    The sponsor of this bill is David Bahati, he’s been floating this bill for years. His original bill did indeed call for the death penalty, but parliment softened it. Oddly there were already a similar law on the books addressing these issues and punishment was 14 years to life. I wonder why he felt the need to even introduce this bill since there was already a law addressing it????

    So the first bit that’s completely wrong in the film is claiming execution of gays. There may be some of that, but it’s not state sponsored from what I can tell. The bill calls for life in prison for aggravated homosexual acts, having homosexual sex with a minor or someone engaging in homosexual sex that has HIV. I haven’t read the bill, only reports of it but I’m going to assume aggravated is rape. I also assume the HIV thing would be if you knowingly infect someone, but again I haven’t read the bill.

    HIV is a major problem throughout Africa so like you I assume that’s part of the basis for such laws. I wonder if there are similar laws for people having hetero sex who know they’re HIV infected? If not, why not?

    Back to Bahati, driguana is right there are Maddow interviews out there. According to CNN he has ties to a US association called “The Family”. I don’t know if House of Prayer has ties to The Family, but apparently quite a few Senators and Congressmen here in the US do.

    I’m a big believer in follow the money and in this case some of the money leads back to The Family, just saying. I know this is NPR, forgive me but this interview is with someone that was also involved with The Family.

    I have never heard of this group before, has anyone else??

    • Somebody says:

      Ack……….There WAS already…….I started to say there were laws, but then I only read about one so I changed it to law instead of laws and now I have an epic subject, verb fail……headdesk

    • The Klown says:

      One of the main reasons we don’t get much news out of Africa is that our reporters don’t want to go there.

      Seriously, who can blame them? Pretty much the whole continent is a hell-hole of poverty and violence.

      • The Klown says:

        The two Americans who have done the most to help Africa in the past 20 years are the Big Dawg and Dubya.

        • The Klown says:

          Obama went there to find his roots and had his romantic notions of Kenya and his father crushed by reality.

          No wonder he makes up a new past for himself – he hates the real one.

    • I love the irony that NPR hates it when “evil others” express political views opposite of theirs.

    • angienc says:

      Intentionally infecting someone else with HIV is called “criminal transmission of HIV” and many countries (including the UK & some states within the USA) have such laws on the books. The statutes I know of are not just restricted to homosexual sex (but I can’t speak for every country, etc) — the crux is whether the HIV positive person *knows* he is HIV & *intentionally* transmits it to another person who is unaware of his/her status.

      • Somebody says:

        Exactly, did they intentionally transmit HIV.

        Like I said I haven’t read the bill only articles about it and there is no clarification because if the law states it that way similar to laws elsewhere around the world then that blows the narrative.

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  15. Propertius says:

    I think you’re barking up the wrong tree here. There’s a big difference between harboring a personal or religious dislike for gays and wanting use the power of the State to inflict the death penalty on them (as the proposed Ugandan anti-homosexuality law did before the international uproar caused it to be changed). The fact that Iran and Saudi Arabia are also run by homicidal bigots doesn’t make that any more acceptable.

    • DandyTIger says:

      The issue isn’t about what the government is doing. That’s horrible. It’s the propaganda that it’s all because of the fundie missionaries, even though they make up an incredibly small % of missionaries (or religions leaders) in that country. The propaganda documentary is about laying the blame at the feet of a group that has little or nothing to do with what’s going on.

  16. Constance says:

    I’m wondering what the story is on the Progressive groups that are in Uganda to help the poor and oppressed. Or are there zero progressive groups there to report on?

    • DandyTIger says:

      There may be some groups. Sadly in recent history at least, progressive groups are almost never actually about helping, they’re about control. And battling their tribal opponents for power. They could give a rats ass about suffering. But they like to talk about it and feel like they’re doing something. As long as they don’t have to break a sweat.

      • The Klown says:

        Progressives don’t want to help, they want the government to do it. They want other people to have to pay for it. The exception is the celebrity Progs – they like to to be seen doing good works, adopting babies, etc.

        • Lulu says:

          Do any of them adopt the AIDS babies? I don’t recall any celebrities adopting sick children or even sponsoring them in Uganda. The ignorant hillbilly redneck fundies build orphanages and take care of hundreds or thousands of them because all of the childrens relatives are dead or too poor to take care of them. Of course the money used at the orphanages comes from ignorant hillbilly redneck fundies in the US through their backward hateful churches. They forgot that part too. And the proliferation of Presbyterians in Uganda is because the crazy fundy Presbyterians emphasize MEDICAL missions everywhere they go so of course they would be high profile in an area racked by AIDS. Do Vile Progs ever try to understand anything before they become outraged? Ever?

        • votermom says:

          Helping would be culturally insensitive. Better to open our borders, welcome the predators, and have them recreate their little hellholes here.

        • The Klown says:

          Christian churches in this country raise millions of dollars to build orphanages, schools and medical clinics in the 3rd world. They travel down there at their own expense to help the poor.

          Yes, they also build churches and preach to the natives.

  17. foxyladi14 says:

    Give Peas a chance. And if that don’t work Eat Em!!!! 🙂

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    not too sure I would hire anyone who went through the Chicago school system

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  22. angienc says:

    A person can believe that homosexuality is a sin AND that the law shouldn’t discriminate against homosexuals, the same way that a person can believe pre-marital sex is a sin, but that people shouldn’t go to jail for that either.

    I actually have a problem with people conflating the two things: i.e., what is sin & what is illegal. Plenty of things are sinful/immoral, and many of them are also illegal (murder, theft, etc), but not all are.

    And yes, myiq, you are one who sometimes seems to conflate the two. There aren’t many Christian churches/sects in this country who want to throw homosexuals *in jail* just because they are homosexual. Yet you wrote:

    I’m not particularly religious but I am sure that if there is a God that He loves all of His children, including the gay ones. The idea that someone should be imprisoned or even put to death because they are gay is repugnant to me.

    Can you name one *legitimate* Christian sect (Westboro is not legit) that actually preaches that God does not love gays (not that the homosexuality is wrong, but that God does not love gays) and that (conflating religion with the law) they should be imprisoned or put to death because they are gay?

    Even the POS propaganda “documentary” that you are writing about in this piece doesn’t make that claim of the IHOP, not for artistic reasons (as the writer of that piece implies) but because they *can’t.*

    Also, homosexuals haven’t exactly been embraced in Africa for a long time now, way, way before these evangelicals showed up (like since the beginning of time). But the target audience for this claptrap — the vile progs — are too stupid to know that and too stupid to care even if they did. Thus, this should be a big hit in Hollywood.

    • The Klown says:

      Can you please read this and tell me where I conflated sin and crime?

      Yes, it is true that while there are some Christian sects that are enlightened and fully accept gays in their church, some/many/most of them still teach that homosexuality is a sin. Most of those churches that oppose homosexuality have adopted a policy of “Love the sinner, hate the sin” but there are always a few nutballs and fringe lunatics. The Westboro Baptist Church is a prime example.

      Where did I suggest or imply that there were any “*legitimate* christian sects who want to throw homosexuals *in jail* just because they are homosexual”? What part of “fringe lunatics and nutballs” did you not understand?

      • angienc says:

        I set it out in the paragraph of yours *I* quoted above — I didn’t use that paragraph for a reason — but since you ask, the way you wrote those churches “oppose” homosexuality there — in the context of post about a LAW being passed in Uganda to imprison homosexuals — doesn’t exactly keep the line clear the difference between SIN and ILLEGAL.

        Basically, it’s the overall juxtaposition of the way you lay your arguments out — talking about religion; then talking about law; then talking about religion, etc. There isn’t a clear delineation. Hence, “conflate.”

        I don’t think you necessarily do it intentionally, but you for sure do it, all the time.

  23. The Klown says:

    Gee, I wonder why?

  24. helenk3 says:


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  25. The Klown says:

    Tweeting your true feelings to your elected representatives is all fun and games until the FBI shows up at your door.

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