By Cathy Kristofferson, February 6, 2014
This morning was the National Prayer Breakfast, the sixth of Obama’s presidency. He spoke of how “history shows that nations that uphold the rights of their people — including the freedom of religion — are ultimately more just and more peaceful and more successful.” And “promoting religious freedom is a key objective of U.S. foreign policy. And I’m proud that no nation on Earth does more to stand up for the freedom of religion around the world than the United States of America.”
I have to wonder about countries that use religion to persecute their LGBTI communities. How peaceful is that?
The Fellowship Foundation, today’s event organizer, has worked hand-in-hand with Members of Parliament in foreign lands. Countries like Uganda, where the conservative Christian organization, more widely known as “The Family”, includes Ugandan MP David Bahati.
Or how about countries like the United States where religion is used to deny employment, housing, and public accommodation protections? Previously, Obama told a National Prayer Breakfast audience “We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are — whether it’s here in the United States or … more extremely in odious laws that are being proposed most recently in Uganda.”
Keep in mind, Bahati was invited to the National Prayer Breakfast in 2008. It’s where he first introduced the idea of executing homosexuals. After a follow-up seminar in Uganda by Scott Lively (currently charged with Crimes Against Humanities), Bahati produced the Kill The Gays Bill which Obama called “odious”. That proposed Ugandan law has now passed their Parliament.
You have to wonder why he continues to lend his support to an event sponsored by those doing just that – targeting LGBTI communities for persecution worldwide?
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Reblogged this on JerBear's Queer World News, Views & More From The City Different – Santa Fe, NM and commented:
While I don’t buy into the religion thing, I’d rather it be used for good and not to prop up bigotry.