Friday, December 11, 2009

Exporting Evangelical Evil: U.S. White Christian Heterosexual Male Supremacy

Profile: Rick Warren
Profile: Scott "Deadly" Lively
Petition: Call on Warren to denounce Uganda antigay legislation.
18 Dec. 2009 UPDATE on Rick Warren:

and please also see this reply: 

Quotes: Uganda antigay conference excerpts
Three, no, Two White Heterosexual Christian Male Devils:  Scott Lively from the U.S., and Damien, from The Omen
[images of the first two devils are from here. image of the third devil is from here]

With thanks to The Angry Black Woman blog, for reporting on this matter of white Evangelical Christians (Devils, imjo: in my Jewish opinion) traveling to Uganda and other countries to promote their lethal heterosexism and misogyny. Sources for what follows are here, here, and here.

Above are two portraits of evil, but only one is fictitious. Can you pick out the one who isn't walking the Earth right now doing the Devil's work?

We know from the non-fiction literature of American Indian women how atrocities were ruthlessly and heinously committed by illegal alien white men from Western and Southern Europe with a bullet-loaded gun in one hand and a bullshit-bloated Bible in the other. We know the first "Thanksgiving" was an act of planned genocide. We know those Native North American children who weren't killed were "schooled" or raised by white Christians to become (ahem) "civilised". We know white Christian heterosexual men are the majority of rapists of American Indian women, and that often those "women" are between the ages of twelve and seventeen. We know these white men do this with absolute impunity. Marimba Ani has spelled out in great detail how European Christianity functioned to promote white colonialism and genocide. We know that a Tanzanian fishing village is being destroyed by white men who also funnel munitions from Europe to make sure conflicts in post-colonial Black countries are as bloody as possible. It doesn't get much clearer than this about who has structural oppressive power and force to rule much of this world, and how that power is used to generate pure evil. The time to call out the White Christian Evangelical Mega-Church Leaders and their Egomaniacal Preachers for promoting genocidal racism and anti-Indigenism, ecocide, colonialism, heterosexism, and misogyny, and within and without the U.S. borders is long past due. A few current details of how they spread their evil is detailed in what follows: 

A new report released today details the role that  US-based renewal church movements have played in mobilizing homophobic sentiment in at least three African countries. “Globalizing the Culture Wars: U.S. Conservatives, African Churches & Homophobia,” written by Rev. Kapya Kaoma for the progressive think tank Political Research Associates, was the result of a yearlong investigation into the relationship between conservative clergy on two continents, which has hastened divisions within denominations and has “restrict[ed] the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.” 

Renewal groups and their neoconservative ally, the Institute on Religion and Democracy, have long sought to conservatize or split mainline American churches—frequently over gender or sexuality issues—and liberal scholars have traced many of the mainline schisms that have dominated headlines over the past several years to groundwork laid by the IRD and others.

Increasingly, though, renewal movements have begun looking abroad for allies. Focusing on three mainline denominations under assault by these renewal movements (the Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, and the Presbyterian Church USA) in three African countries (Uganda, Nigeria, and Kenya), Kaoma has documented a clear trend of the US Christian right exporting its battles over social and sexuality issues to Africa. There, churches have been pressured to sever ties with mainline funders in exchange for conservative support, and have become recipients of a more fiercely anti-gay message than the US Christian right delivers at home.

As a result, Kaoma reports, a culture of vicious repression of gay rights has emerged, shaped by US evangelicals ranging from more “respectable” figures like Rick Warren, to fringe activists like Holocaust revisionist Scott Lively (author of anti-gay book The Pink Swastika, which suggests that Nazism was a gay plot).

In Africa, Kaoma finds, both types are freer with anti-gay statements, and both are considered equally representative of US evangelicaldom. Additionally, conservative evangelicals have been immensely successful in depicting the movement for gay equality as the neocolonialist agenda of an arrogant, imperial West that seeks to undermine African values. According to this equation, advances for gay rights in the United States are proof of a mounting gay threat to African culture, resulting in increased repression in countries like Uganda and Kenya. The consequences of these teachings and appeals to African sensitivity to colonialism are painfully clear today, just weeks after Uganda proposed legislation making homosexuality a crime punishable by life imprisonment or death.

Uganda Antigay Bill
Click here for an updated version of pending legislation in Uganda that criminalizes homosexuality.

More than 80 countries around the world still criminalize consensual homosexual conduct between adult men, and often between adult women.[14]

These laws invade privacy and create inequality. They relegate people to inferior status because of how they look or who they love. They degrade people’s dignity by declaring their most intimate feelings "unnatural" or illegal. They can be used to discredit enemies and destroy careers and lives. They promote violence and give it impunity. They hand police and others the power to arrest, blackmail, and abuse. They drive people underground to live in invisibility and fear.[15]
More than half those countries have these laws because they once were British colonies.
This report describes the strange afterlife of a colonial legacy. It will tell how one British law-the version of Section 377 the colonizers introduced into the Indian Penal Code in 1860-spread across immense tracts of the British Empire.
Colonial legislators and jurists introduced such laws, with no debates or "cultural consultations," to support colonial control. They believed laws could inculcate European morality into resistant masses. They brought in the legislation, in fact, because they thought "native" cultures did not punish"perverse" sex enough. The colonized needed compulsory re-education in sexual mores. Imperial rulers held that, as long as they sweltered through the promiscuous proximities of settler societies, "native" viciousness and "white" virtue had to be segregated: the latter praised and protected, the former policed and kept subjected.MORE

The U.S. Christian Right and the Attack on Gays in Africa

By Kapya Kaoma
The Public Eye Magazine, Winter 09/Sprint 10 Edition

For two days in early March 2009, Ugandans flocked to the Kampala Triangle Hotel for the Family Life Network's "Seminar on Exposing the Homosexuals' Agenda." The seminar's very title revealed its claim: LGBT people and activists are engaged in a well thought-out plan to take over the world. The U.S. culture wars had come to Africa with a vengeance. Read more...

New Report
From Political Research Associates

Report (PDF)| Executive Summary (PDF) | Key Background Documents A groundbreaking investigation by Political Research Associates (PRA) discovered that sexual minorities in Africa have become collateral damage to our domestic conflicts and culture wars. U.S. conservative evangelicals and those opposing gay pastors and bishops within mainline Protestant denominations woo Africans in their American fight. Read more...

Take Action!

Political Research Associates is calling on Pastor Rick Warren to oppose an antigay bill currently being debated in the Ugandan legislature promoted by his allies. Read more...

18 Dec. 2009 UPDATE: And see above, just under the photo of Rick Warren, for his statement on this issue, and for a reply to him from a man from the gay community.