By Bruce Wilson, AlterNet
Posted on January 23, 2010, Printed on January 23, 2010
As my new report, Movement Behind Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” Bill Organizing in Newark begins,
Street by street, block by block, organized by city ward, PrayforNewark’s squads of church members are walking their city, praying for residents and businesses… its leaders claim their effort now fields enough volunteers to pray for almost every street in the New Jersey city… the effort is directly tied to an international movement that, as detailed in my new video documentary Transforming Uganda, played a significant role in organizing and inspiring Ugandan politicians who have backed the internationally notorious “kill the gays” bill, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill currently before Uganda’s parliament.
As a preface, let me start with this:
The movement in question in not synonymous with The Family, as covered by journalist Jeff Sharlet. That entity has played a major role (in both promoting the bill, it would seem, and later opposing it after a world outcry over the proposed legislation) in Uganda’s Anti Homosexuality bill, before Uganda’s parliament, which would mandate that HIV positive Ugandan citizens convicted for the crime of “aggravated homosexuality” be executed by hanging and would also require Ugandans to turn in to the Ugandan police, or face a three year prison sentence, family, friends, and acquaintances who might be gay.
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