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  1. Jean-Paul Bentham 18 Jan 2010, 11:46am

    Good morning, Mr. Bahati.

    How do you like your eggs?

  2. Hmmm, I have mixed feelings about this. If this is a means of attempting to change Mr. Bahati’s mind on the subject of anti-gay legislation then I guess it’s dirty work but someone has to do it. But I sincerely hope this isn’t some attempt at spinning him into some sort of moral authority.
    I would normally say he warrants sanctions, not a seat at the table, but just maybe the softly softly approach might work.

  3. Simon Murphy 18 Jan 2010, 12:27pm

    What is the ‘National Prayer Breakfast?’

    Where is it being held – the US or Uganda?

    If it is in the US then I hope someone performs a citizen’s arrest on Bahati for trying to legislate for genocide.

    More worrying is Obama’s presence at this breakfast. If he wants to associate with Christian extremist bigots then it would appear that his pre-election promises to the LGBT population were bare-faced lies and that he has never had any intention of scrapping DADT and DOMA.

  4. But isn’t The Family or whatever name they go by the evangelical group that allegedly was in some way involved with or encouraged the Uganda Bill? And they also organise the Prayer Breakfast so I can’t see that they would be very active in persuading Mr Bahati of the error of his ways.

    Bit of a coincidence he’s now been invited to this Prayer Breakfast – but maybe that’s just the cynic in me.

  5. The Family (or at least some of their members) have been very busy over the years in Uganda “improving” the country, as they probably would do with the USA if they could get away with it. Uganda now has a high rate of HIV infection since the religious right threatened to remove aid from the country if they didn’t stop pushing condoms as being the best way to prevent HIV, they’d done perfectly well and apparently had one of the lowest infection rates in Africa until they were helped.
    Also, members of the Family and other affiliated organisations have been pushing that homosexuality can be cured by prayer. Then when Rachel Maddow starts to report on this, they all start to backtrack and issue denials.
    Why on Earth Obama would want to be at the Prayer Breakfast with David Bahati baffles me, personally, if I were Obama, I would have him banned from the country. Surely the “Kill The Gays Bill” would qualify as hate speech?
    A guy called Jeff Sharlet wrote a book on The Family (called The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power), it’s well worth a read.

  6. Jean-Paul Bentham 18 Jan 2010, 2:14pm

    This story goes all the way back to 1986 when “The Family” approached a “liberal and promising” Museveni.

    In my mind it is the most riveting story at the moment, second only to the disaster in Haiti.

    I expect to see a major demonstration in Washington on February 4th, and I hope nobody takes a shot at him, but he will get his eggs one way or another.

    Notice the total absence of the RCC in this matter…but I ain’t bitter.

  7. Robert, ex pat Brit 18 Jan 2010, 2:20pm

    Now lets see if Obama addresse the issue and has a discussion with Bahati. My gut feeling is, he won’t. Obama consorts with right wing religious bigots in the form of the Rev. Rick Warren who gave the homily at the inauguration in January 2009, the same pastor who opposes same-sex marriage and our full equality. Obama used the excuse that he was reaching out to our adversaries. Please…..the only thing he was reaching out to was the religious right voting bloc who outnumber us. Their votes were more important than our rights and equality. Expect NOTHING from this segregationist in the White House.

  8. Simon Murphy 18 Jan 2010, 2:46pm

    Watch out for Obama. He’ll stab us in the back the second it becomes convenient for him.

    At least with George Bush he was honest in his hatred of us. Obama will be spouting lies about how he supports gay rights, while dining with fascist thugs who are planning to kill us.

  9. Jean-Paul Bentham 18 Jan 2010, 2:53pm

    To add to the confusion, let’s not forget the discovery of OIL deposits in Uganda. $$$$$$$$…..ding!

  10. This is this message Obama wants to send to LGBT people!

    I pray with those who would commit genocide against you.

    Is this why your not taking action on DADT and ENDA Mr Obama?

  11. When will people realise that denying gays and lesbians rights given to all others will not protect straight marriage. We are not going into homes breaking up marriages, we are not causing divorce, we are not going out of our way to debase marriage. We just want legal recognition and protection under law. What kind of neanderthal throwback thinks murdering homosexuals will protect the ‘sanctity’ of marriage. I mean what a f**king joke. I would review all aid to all these countries that do not have civil partnership or gay marriage including reviewing ties and trade with so called developed world countries that do not have these liberties in place.

  12. Father Andrew Gentry 18 Jan 2010, 3:46pm

    The prayer breakfast is a charade. “Religious” people who have status and power get together with the President, various Cabinet secretaries, members of Congress and other assorted politicos and listen to a few crafted speeches, eat and at some point pray or at least that is what they call it. It is sort of like the blokes described in the Gospel standing on the street corners to be seen by people in all their religious hypocrisy “full of sound and fury signifying nothing”! Americans love the trappings of religion just don’t make too fine a point on the substance and everyone is happy. Never look to political and or religious “leaders” for anything even remotely appearing to be leadership in the arena of human rights and dignity especially if such leadership challenges the monetary, political, and cultural vested interests of the majority. Lastly American “christianity” is counterfeit anyway and simply follows what is the true religion of the United States which is capitalism in its’ most vicious and self serving form.

  13. This bulls**t about protecting the traditional family as the only safe option needs to stop. The ‘traditional’ one-man-one-women-some-kids setting is where women are children are MOST LIKELY to be abused.

  14. darkmoonman 18 Jan 2010, 4:40pm

    This should be an embarrassment for all of us in the USA and a disappointment for Obama supporters. I’m hoping there’s a HUGE at the protest.

  15. David Bahati – an Iris Robinson of Uganda? Let’s hope.

  16. Simon Murphy 18 Jan 2010, 5:15pm

    David Bahati is a genocidal fascist proposing the mass murder of gay people.

    He makes Iris Robinson look like a tolerant liberal.

  17. Simon Murphy 18 Jan 2010, 5:30pm

    Where is this breakfast happening.

    Would it be possible to get an international arrest warrant issued for Bahati. Genocide is illegal the whole world over and Bahati’s proporal to introduce a genocidal law into Uganda means that he must be arrested.

  18. Appalliing! Just, just appalling. If this is true that Bahati is invited and Obama intends to attend; it is completely disappointing. I have never been an ObamaMania and will never anyway. He’s just human and frail like his predecessors. If anything, Bahati do not in anyway deserve the damned ‘softly-softly’ approach. This man needs to be purely and openly told off.

    But if the US of A will be doing this, this wicked man called Bahati will be inflating his ego and convincing others to join him to achieve his wicked genocide of LGBT people. And until Obama implements any of his ‘promises’, I am sorry for those dancing to his rhetorics. So far, hasnt he changed to ‘Yes we MAY’?

    gawd bless America

  19. Carl Rowlands 18 Jan 2010, 6:54pm

    He’ll be caught with his trousers down before long! This will become a classic case of ‘do as I say; not as I do’ He is too aggressive in projecting denail of his own insecurities. The truth will out! As my mother used to say ‘Mark my words’

  20. Jean-Paul Bentham 18 Jan 2010, 7:07pm

    Hey, maybe Obama could invite Bishop Gene Robinson to say the opening prayer just like he did as his inauguration although HBO did cut out the footage of it.

    And I can just hear the Washington’s Gay Men’s Choir singing during the demonstration outside the ‘C’ building while Bahati attempts to practice his Voodoo on the leading heads of the world’s graetest democracy…I mean greatest.

    Whatever the outcome, homophobia in Uganda will remain rampant until its Minister of Education introduces proper studies in sexuality and sexual orientation into the school curriculum. Not bloody likely, you say?

    This story has to have a surprise ending. Peoples’ lives are at stake here, and American morons like Pat Robertson, Rick Warren, Scott Lively and Richard Cohen are the ones who need to be humiliated, before Bahati can wipe the eggs off his face.

    We’re talking major conversion here. Where’s that guy who walks on water when you need him?

  21. Har Davids 18 Jan 2010, 9:39pm

    As an atheist I can’t understand why a head of state would want attend one of these ‘breakfasts’, but what else can we expect from a man who went to kiss AIPAC’s ass when he wasn’t even president of the US yet?

  22. Simon Murphy 19 Jan 2010, 11:46am

    If this Million Man Anti-Gay March takes place in Uganda and is actually attended by that number of people it will show quite clearly that a huge proportion of Uganda’s people are ignorant, stupid bigots who support genocide.

    That should make the decision to suspend all aid to Uganda much easier. Britain has no responsibility to ensure that a nation of genocidal maniacs does not starve.

  23. Jean-Paul Bentham 19 Jan 2010, 1:45pm

    I am sorely tempted to agree with you.

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