Waymon Hudson

Vanguard's 'Missionaries of Hate': The American Architects of Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill

Filed By Waymon Hudson | May 26, 2010 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Politics, The Movement
Tags: anti-homosexuality bill, Current TV, evangelical Christian, Kill the Gays bill, Lou Engle, Mariana van Zeller, Martin Ssempa, Uganda, Vanguard

Current TV's Vanguard series will be showing a powerful report on Uganda's horrendous anti-homosexuality "Kill the Gays" bill in a documentary entitled Missionaries of Hate. It premiers tonight, May 26th, at 10/9c.

Vanguard correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Uganda to trace the influence of American evangelical leaders on a proposed law that could make being gay punishable by death. Vanguard is a no-limits documentary series whose award-winning correspondents put themselves in extraordinary situations to immerse viewers in global issues that have a large social significance.

This report is required viewing. It features never before seen footage of Lou Engle's TheCall Rally in Uganda, as well as interviews with other anti-gay leaders. It will anger you, move you, and hopefully make an impact on the international discussion about this bill and about the insidious impact of radical evangelicalism.

More information about the documentary after the jump...

From Current TV:


Episode Chronicles Increasing Strength of Anti-Gay Movement in Uganda, and the American Influence on Uganda's Laws and Attitudes

New Bill Would Increase Penalties Against Homosexuality, Make Homosexuality Punishable by Imprisonment or Death

Correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Uganda to delve into reasons behind the increasing strength of anti-gay sentiment spreading throughout the country, which prompted the creation of a proposed law that would severely increase penalties against homosexuality, making the practice punishable by imprisonment or death.

"Missionaries of Hate" explores the impact American Evangelicals have had on the movement, and features exclusive video of American Evangelical Lou Engle's visit to Uganda on May 2 to support the major backers of the proposed legislation. Mariana van Zeller also interviews Pastor Martin Ssempa, one of the most famous religious leaders in Uganda and an anti-gay crusader, whose preaching methods include showing gay pornography in church. She also talks to Ugandan citizens (both gay and straight) about their feelings on homosexuality, the new proposed law, and the effect it will have on their lives.

This documentary is not to be missed. The glimpses of life in Uganda for LGBT people and the excellent tracing of the American Evangelical influence makes this a report that everyone should see.

(You can view it on Hulu here).

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I can't watch the documentary, so you'll have to tell me about it.

What I wonder is why American liberals are so enamored with the fact that American "missionaries" pushed for this law? Is it the normal "Make the conservatives look bad" stuff, which I completely get and participate in, or is it about erasing Uganda's autonomy?

American religious nuts have been all over the globe selling their brand of Christianity, and for some reason it got picked up in Uganda. In other words, it's their fault too, not just the American right's. Why don't people talk about what made Ugandans (or maybe just their politicians) want this law? I doubt an American showed up, said "gays are evil," and homophobia just started.

What that answered in the documentary? Judging from the title it seems like the focus would be on American causes of Ugandan homophobia. I don't know, though, because Hulu doesn't work out here.

I am for this bill. Finally, a church that gets it and aspires to save it people from some of the evils of western so-called civilization. If a country wants to be harsh, like countries are towards illegal drug usage, by hanging drug traffikers, then they should have the capacity to determine their moral destiny and prerogative.

The pastor says in this documentary that their society doesn't need adult gay men and women from affluent countries soliciting Ugandan minors with laptops and iPods for sex compromising the moral integrity of your character.

As most African countries (it was Europeans that called the continent Africa) were raped and exploited by European ideas, values and imperialistic policies, Uganda should shun all forms of economic aid that demands they treat gays with the same level of respect. I am not for their unhumane treatment such as hanginig and imprisonment, but just like I can go on the web and search for convicted child molesters in my neighborhood, I believe that Uganda should have the same type of "digital gay-watch" to identify homosexuals in their society.

I have criminal record that are accessible by anyone to examine. If someone wants to see my profile, they can by going online. If I want to stop the moral contamination of my society, then I should be able to identify those persons who are actively participating in behavior to engage in acts of depravity that are identified in the bible. I wouldn't want people to see me smoking a blunt anymore than I wouldn't want to see gay sex. Africa should not become the dumping ground for moral decay and debauchery and the bible is the best book on the wages of sin.

Lets face it, western ideas have broken this great continent. Uganda certainly doesn't need a meth or crack cocaine epidemic any more than it needs sexual relations with the same gender confusing the roles of youth and adults, spreadinig HIV/AIDS any more than it needs a Tsunami.

Everything that comes from the west is not good. In fact, the name is very misleading. Ugandans do not HATE homosexuals, they hate the ACT of homosexuality and the spread of this unscriptual act in their country. African can hate the act and not hate the person but Vanguard seems so sympathetic towards Gays that they criticized the pastor and his work. He is doing the work of the Lord and not the work of gay rights activists.

Africans can think for themselves and do not need a human rights activist telling them what values they should allow in their country. These missionaries are not hating people but the practice of gay sex that is clearly non-negotiable with Christians. Ugandans live in Uganda, not America where rampant gay sex thrives with heavy meth use among gay men. They want to protect the moral integrity of their society. It is not within the control of American society to tell others how to deal with their own country.

Western values and ways of thinking have created things like AIDS and other social and medical diseases that promote promiscuity and diseases. We need to accept the moral initiatives to protect societies and countries from moral degridation and deterioration.

I would never imprison a gay or lesbian person. Nor would I ever execute them. However, I would not want their values that are not scriptural to contaminate my country if I were an Ugandan.

White people have a terrible way of looking at other countries and soceities, and white america is very elitist in their world view with relation to human rights, which are violated in American with impunity.