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Author of Uganda’s anti-gay bill to attend Washington prayer breakfast

I can’t believe this.

In February, David Bahati, the mover of the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill is expected to attend a prayer breakfast in the American capital of Washington DC.

David Bahati

Mr. Bahati, according to reports, may speak at the event where President Barack Obama – a gays-tolerant liberal president, is also expected to attend. On Friday, Mr Bahati said he would attend. The event is organised by The Fellowship- a conservative Christian organisation, which has deep political connections and counts several high-ranking conservative politicians in its membership.

“I intend to attend the prayer breakfast,” said Mr Bahati – himself a part organiser of the Ugandan equivalent of the national prayer breakfast.

The bill assigns a penalty of life imprisonment for a person convicted of homosexuality and the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality,” defined as homosexual sex with someone under 18 or a disabled person or if the “offender” is HIV positive. All activities that would promote homosexuality–even blogging–are banned, and the bill requires anyone who knows of anyone engaging homosexual activities to report them to authorities. The entire text of the bill is at the above link.

According to the Box Turtle Bulletin, Mr. Bahati is

a member of the secretive American evangelical group known as the Family, which founded and organizes the National Prayer Breakfast held on the first Thursday in February, typically at the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue N.W. The Monitor reports that the Family has invited Bahati to the prayer breakfast.

This profile in The Independent UK provides some interesting background on Bahati and perhaps gives some clues to his motivations.

Left orphaned when he was three-years-old Bahati was sent to live with his grandmother. Later she also passed away and the boy had to work at the local market selling and carrying bananas to raise money for school fees. He was separated from his siblings and only reunited with them at 13 when his sister came to the market to buy fruit and recognised him….

The story of how Bahati came to be the face of the anti-gay campaign in Uganda goes back a couple of years. The MP, a father himself, first became interested in the issue of homosexuality after hearing testimony from sexually molested children. “I’m passionate about the issue of homosexuality because of both the danger for our children and our society,” he said.

Is President Obama really going to attend this prayer breakfast in February? If so, what is he planning to say to Mr. Bahati? Inquiring minds want to know.

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  1. I wonder if any “journalist” will ask Gibbs about this one?

  2. That just makes me ill.

  3. So I’m card carrying lesbian and I’m talking with this young lesbian and she asks me “do I have many straight friends?”. And I say, “yes.”
    and she says “really?” and I say “yes.”. And she’s looking at me like she wants to say “really?” again and so I say “I am straight tolerant” to make her laugh. I really hate that tolerant word. Okay, so a little to the of the topic. But really too horrifying to comment on that killer. But I would assume Obama will be there with meeks and mcclurkin and that nice man who gave the official prayer at the coup of our democracy.

  4. I am so fricken tired of people who cannot tell the difference between pedophilia and homosexuality.

  5. Wonder about the other D’s who attended last year according to this article:

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2009/02/62414025/1

    • I don’t have a problem with Dems attending the prayer breakfast in general. I DO have a problem if they go when this piece of scum is a guest.

  6. delurking. That is obscene – truly obscene. I have no words, other than obscene.

  7. Don’t forget, Stupak and Pitts are also members of The Family.

  8. OT… apparently Obama will not sign a presidential order that the locks to the great lakes should be raised. The reason to do it, is because there is a species of fish coming (japanese carp?) which will kill off all the other life in the lakes eventually. He is protecting a multi-million dollar in Chicago while dooming billions dollars of industry in multiple states.

  9. I don’t know how much more of this I can take. Has the Human Rights Campaign made a statement yet? There are no words…

  10. Listening to CNN, it sounds like there are people being shot for “looting” in Haiti. I hope I heard wrong.

    • yes, and my personal hero General Honore got on CNN and said that at this point it’s just people trying to survive and get food and the military should be ordered to stop it. I was uncertain if it was UN peacekeepers or the Haiti military but it’s getting ugly now, I guess.

  11. What’s next? Inviting Taliban members who stone women and gays for next year’s prayer breakfast, so we can all prove how so very open minded we are?

    • exactly! What are they thinking. This man should not be welcomed anywhere… Well maybe put him n a show with Limbaugh and Robertson so we can have a hate round robin.

    • this guy’s one of those compassionate christians … they’re not so open minded as to go outside the ‘true’ religion. He belongs to their affiliate in Uganda. He’s an evangelical … or is that evilgeilical, I always misspell it.

  12. Well, here you have it in black and white: the New Dems/faux progressives are blatantly admit that voter fraud is a-ok.

    Ed Schultz: I’d cheat to keep Brown from winning

    SCHULTZ (23:02): I tell you what, if I lived in Massachusetts I’d try to vote 10 times. I don’t know if they’d let me or not, but I’d try to. Yeah, that’s right. I’d cheat to keep these bastards out. I would. ‘Cause that’s exactly what they are.

    http://washingtontimes.com/weblogs/watercooler/2010/jan/16/ed-schultz-id-cheat-keep-brown-winning/

  13. Oh my, how things have truly ‘changed…’ but not in the way O had ‘hoped’

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/01/17/obama_heckled_at_coakley_rally.html


    That’s right—it’s all Martha’s fault…nothing to see here folks. Obama had nothing to do with it…

    Sources: Obama advisers believe Coakley will lose

    However, the presidential advisers have grown increasingly pessimistic in the last three days about Coakley’s chances after a series of missteps by the candidate, sources said.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/01/17/sources-obama-advisers-believe-coakley-will-lose/

    • yeah, that’s what I’m afraid of … the axelrahm wall of shame will read “it’s all that weak woman’s fault! She didn’t want it enough! She ran a lousy campaign!” La di da La di da …

      I saw them spinning that on CNN already tonight too.

      • It sounds like they are trying to sink her.

        • They don’t want the election to be a referendum on Obama and the dems, so they’ll blame Coakley.

          • Too late–no one is that stupid. They know it too.

          • I dunno, outside the beltway people know, inside the beltway, not so much …

            the CNN anchor Don Lemon was implying she was a damsel and distress and asked can Obama rescue her? I thought, more like throw her a lead life jacket … not my candidate! nosiree!!!!

        • it’s the fox and the grapes thing, we really didn’t want HER anyway with her nasty lady parts and her history as a bitter knitter for hillary

          • Now they are blaming Bush.

          • I think that her arrogance and taking the election for granted helped to sink her, as well as her back tracking on her support for the pos health insurance reform bill. She didn’t even campaign over the holidays. I was very excited for her, until she reversed herself on the abortion language and support for the legislation. Oh, and that fundraiser with the pharmaceutical industry put the cherry on top. It looks like she sold out, even before she was elected!

          • Sigh. She didn’t reverse. She said all along that she wouldn’t vote for Stupak. They agreed to take it out so she said she would vote for it without Stupak. Cites at http://florasteele.blogspot.com

          • She didn’t reverse. She said all along that she would not vote for Stupak but would support non-Stupak. So they took Stupak out. Good for her. Cites at my blog.

  14. What a low life piece of shit. That must be a great organization to invite someone like that. I’m so glad we have a leader with such grace and taste and leadership qualities not to give them more exposure and attention by attending. Oh wait, that’s right, we don’t have a leader like that. We have a leader that has embraced that same hate since he came onto the national stage. So of course he would attend. That slimy piece of filth is exactly the kind of religious leader Obama likes.

  15. ON topic: This is a very serious issue, and I guarantee you if Obama attends a conference where this man is allowed to speak the uproar will be deafening. It will be ugly. If he wants to salvage any last shreds of goodwill with the gay community, Bahati must not be allowed to attend. This is really the last straw.

    • I really want to know who invited this jerk and how he got a VISA to come to this country.

      • and by WHO, I mean the small brained, knuckle dragger that decided inviting him was a good idea and came up with it

        • According to the story I linked, he was invited by the Family.

          • I went to read, but by whom? Was it Stupak’s idea?

          • If we wanted to primary people in the Democratic party. This is the group we should start with. I’m tired of being told I need to be tolerant of “christian” views when it is clear that tolerance is a one way street. If they can’t tolerate allowing women to make their own choices for reproduction or for people to determine their own life partners(and by sponsoring this nutball that IS the message being sent) then I don’t want them in government.

            If God gives us free will, I’ll be darned if these bastards have the right to take it away.

    • It is like we are living in a parallel dimension or something. Americans have dramatically changed their views in the last 40 years. Most people in this country view homosexuality for what it really is, perfectly normal. Our government is completely tone deaf to our wants, needs and our views. To have our president even contemplating being in the same room with people who would wantonly violate human rights, and Uganda has an ugly history here, is simply not acceptable.

  16. Just when I thought the Dems couldn’t get lamer, they did it.

    After Obama Rally, Dems Pin Blame On Bush

    As audience members streamed out of Pres. Obama’s rally on behalf of AG Martha Coakley (D) here tonight, the consensus was that the fault for Coakley’s now-floundering MA SEN bid lies with one person — George W. Bush.

    “People are upset because there’s so many problems,” Rosemary Kverek, 70, a retired Charleston schoolteacher said as tonight’s rally wrapped up. “But the problems came from the previous administration. So we’re blaming poor Obama, who’s working 36 hours a day … to solve these problems that he inherited.”

    It’s not Obama or Coakley, Bush made them do it.

  17. Well I can’t believe that this……sigh………is even going to be allowed in our country. I don’t know what has went wrong with our government but this is simply unbelievable. Just think I bet Bush the Warmonger would not ever have been caught dead having prayer breakfasts with someone like this. For all of this blame that Republicans get, and rightfully so, for promoting anti-gay propaganda nothing compares to this. Most of their crap is just lip-service red meat to their fundie crowd, but a sitting president who wants to have breakfast with someone like this.

    Unbelievable. If Obama goes through with this then he is dead to me. I definitely won’t be voting for a Democrat ever again. Heck, even the ultra right wing conservatives from my state, Texas, wouldn’t dream of condoning a law such as this. And make no mistake about it if Obama sits down with this guy then he has given an indirect approval of this.

    • better question: WHO invited him here and HOW did he get a VISA?

      • I can’t believe this guy got a VISA. This is totally surreal. A real slap in the face for our value system and for what our past presidents have stood for. Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr, Clinton all kept out people like this and actually stood up for human rights. Womens rights are human rights. Gay rights are human rights. I am totally dismayed right now.

  18. I can’t imagine any US president going to a breakfast with this guy. Hopefully he will raise hell about this asshat’s invitattion.

    • Well they can revoke that VISA for starters. And Obama can force the issue on attendance. Our President doesn’t have to attend any function that he doesn’t want to attend and for any reason. I never bought into Obama being a gay-friendly liberal but it is time he grows a pair.

  19. I am writing to my senators and rep (all R’s) to ask them whether they plan to attend this affair and explain why I want them not to do so.

    • Of course she isn’t out of it. MA is a Dem state and, if they can get turnout going, Brown’s 5% lead goes away in a heartbeat. This thing will be too close to call down to the wire.

      • It’s amazing that 20% of Obama voters say they’ll vote for Brown.

        • The gender issue. It’s amazing how she is being criticized over not knowing all the ins and outs of sports in MA while they give him a pass on other issues that are so wrong.

        • I think that’s pretty amazing myself. Apparently they really are waking up to the flim-flam.

        • gender, disallusionment AND neolibs explains that, I think. Obama was the choice of the Ariana/Kos crowds, and they’re just libertarian-Republicans that got shoved out of their own party. They’re here too in Mass, unfortunately.

        • WMCB posted this in RD’s Coakley post.

  20. Mr. Bahati, according to reports, may speak at the event where President Barack Obama – a gays-tolerant liberal president

    There is so much wrong with that sentence. “Gays tolerant” ? And, Obama couldn’t care less about liberalism, his image is his ideology.

    • It’s from some Ungandan newspaper.

      • I can see how they wouldn’t be clued in to US politics but it’s too bad more people didn’t realize Obama’s tolerance is about “bringing everyone to the table” except for the hoi polloi.

  21. OT
    At Hillbuzz a commenter wrote their is a campaign to recall Mary Landreu in Louisanna.
    Dak
    Do you have any information on that?

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

    • Nope, sure haven’t, but she’s always barely won her elections because the state is going more red all the time. It wouldn’t do much good to primary her because chances are we’d get Scalise and Vitter as senators and I’d have to jump off the Crescent City connection.

  22. I came across this article on Brown from 2007. It is interesting to me that he distributed a packet that included correspondence from his constituents.

    http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/homepage/8998943093096972286

    • Definitely anti-gay marriage,

      He said he requested to talk with the students after hearing that his stance on the issue of gay marriage had been a topic of lively discussion in the history classes.
      snip
      Hanson noted Brown’s visit was precipitated after the senator heard “about a classroom discussion that presented a limited view of the issue of gay marriage and his role as a senator.”

      and doesn’t mind distributing emails with swear words (about gays) to kids.

      Brown acknowledged he included those e-mails, both from constituents and students, and defended putting them in.

      “We’re talking two or three swear words,” he said.

      He said if the school has issues with those words he inclusion, whether the school is also editing those kinds of words out of works such as “Catcher in the Rye.”

      • What a guy!. Takes on a classroom and mortifies some of them. “Catcher in the Rye” is literature, stupid justification.

  23. Obama is a homophobe, so why shouldn’t he join his fellow bigots at a breakfast?

  24. Obama is “gay tolerant” as much as he is “women tolerant”
    NY tabloids

    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/tabloids-mlk-day-and-mass-impending-disaster/

  25. Obama’s “Waiting on the World to Change” generation is disappointed that his presidency is not like the movies:

    While many young voters imagined that an Obama presidency would mean a speedy closure of Guantanamo Bay prison, a wind-down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a health care plan that would, at least, provide a government insurance plan to compete with the private sector, they instead are frustrated at the slow pace of change, Vastola and others said.

    “There was this expectation that this was going to be like a Hollywood movie. He was a candidate almost fictionalized from day one,’’ Boston-based Democratic political consultant Michael Goldman said of Obama. “Does it make me frustrated? It does. But it’s reality, it’s the world as it really is, not the fantasy.’’

  26. I posted a news snippet earlier, don’t see it here. Guess it went into spam.

  27. From Wikipedia, a list of persons and organizations who are known members or affiliates of The Family. Jeff Sharlet’s book should be required reading for anyone concerned about theocrats in America.

    Senator Jim Inhofe
    Senator Tom Coburn
    Senator Sam Brownback
    Senator Chuck Grassley
    Senator Bill Nelson
    former Senator Dan Coats
    Representative Joe Pitts
    Representative Zach Wamp
    Representative Frank Wolf
    former Representative Steve Largent
    former Representative Tony Hall
    Representative Mike McIntyre
    Representative Randy Forbes
    Representative Bart Stupak
    former Attorney General Edwin Meese
    former Attorney General John Ashcroft
    and former Secretary of State James Baker
    Documented historic associates include

    Senator Ralph Brewster
    Senator Frank Carlson
    Senator Alexander Wiley
    Senator B. Everett Jordan
    Senator Mark Hatfield
    Senator Strom Thurmond
    Senator Herman Talmadge
    Senator Homer Capehart
    Senator Absalom Willis Robertson
    Representative Walter Judd
    Representative O.K. Armstrong
    Representative Jack Kemp
    Representative William Jennings Bryan Dorn
    Military officials who are documented as having worked with the Fellowship include

    former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John William Vessey, Jr.
    former Chief of Staff of the Army Harold K. Johnson
    Other figures of note who have worked with the Fellowship include

    Andrew Young
    Raytheon
    CEO Tom Phillipps
    Merwin K. Hart
    Suharto
    Ferdinand Marcos
    Yoweri Museveni
    Aaron Goulette
    Haile Selassie
    Siad Barre
    Religious leaders associated with the Fellowship include

    U.S. Senate Chaplain Richard Halverson
    Charles W. Colson
    Gary Bauer
    Louis P. Sheldon
    [9]

    The Family has a number of affiliated organizations.

    Wilberforce Foundation[1] IRS Form 990 filings confirm that Wilberforce is related to and shares common management with the Fellowship Foundation.[17]
    Traditional Values Coalition. Uses their C Street House for “faith-based diplomacy”[5] in the fight against what Louis P. Sheldon calls the “Marxist/Leftist/Homosexual/Islamic coalition.”[18]
    Three Swallows Foundation
    International Center for Religion & Diplomacy[19]
    Christians in Parliament[20]
    Young Life International[21]
    Trees for the Future[22]
    National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise[22]
    Cornerstone Development[22]
    World Concern[22]
    Project Mercy[22]
    Timothy Trust[22]
    Asociación Desarrollo en Democracia[22]
    World Vision[23]

    Yoweri Museveni is the President of Uganda.

  28. So if this Ugandan bill passes, can we boycott aide as with Apartheid? Sweden plans to cut aide – will the U.S. continue to support the country? $246 million pledged.

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