(Information about the February 3 protest of the National Prayer Breakfast is at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=196390670376539.)
While its organizers would have you believe the National Prayer Breakfast is an ecumenical gathering absent a policy agenda, it is in fact the signature event of the year for the clandestine operation “The Family.” This fringe group uses the visibility and support from the National Prayer Breakfast (attended by many politicians and business leaders) and other events to further its world-wide campaign against LGBT individuals. Associates of “The Family” continue to promote a proposed law in Uganda that would imprison for life and murder LGBT people — just for being who they are — while also criminalizing knowing an LGBT person without reporting them.
“The Family” has invested much in mentoring current and future world leaders, including David Bahati, a Ugandan legislator and author of the Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill (a.k.a. the Ugandan “Kill the Gays” bill).
On the morning of February 3, we’ll gather on the sidewalk outside the Prayer Breakfast to educate the attendees on “The Family’s” role in this annual event, to stand up to their bigotry, and to stop the Family’s interference in Ugandan affairs, which itself has been called a trial run for what they want to happen in the U.S.
Join GetEQUAL DC for coffee, donuts, protest and solidarity for A Breakfast Without Bigotry
Bring signs, banners and your voice!
Copy of Ugandan bill (scroll down to see text)
Jeff Sharlet’s website (author of “The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power”)
Interview of Jeff Sharlet by Terry Gross of NPR (including an excerpt from Sharlet’s new book)
“Missionaries of Hate” from Vanguard (click on second thumbnail to see full video – 45 min long and entirely worth watching all the way through — including a member of Parliament in Uganda stating that, if one of his daughters was convicted of being a lesbian, he would kill her himself)
Val Kalende’s blog (a Ugandan lesbian currently residing in the United States)
Excerpt: “As investigations into the murder of David [Kato] proceed, many will point to different places and indicators in search for answers. As someone who has lived and worked with David, i know that his death is unfortunate but it should not surprise us too much. For those who still doubt the impact of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, the murder of David should make us think again. David’s death warrant was signed and stamped the day the Family Life Network of Uganda hosted American revisionist Scott Lively and his entourage of self-confessed gay men. Lively’s time bomb has finally exploded and it’s David’s body on the alter of hate. Lively’s four-hour behind-closed-doors meeting with Ugandan Members of Parliament has finally culminated in Uganda’s worst hate crime against LGBT people. The series of hate crime since the Lively hate-spitting delegation left Uganda are undeniable. Some of David’s interviews indicate that he anticipated that the worst was going to happen. It was only a matter of time.