'Missionaries of Hate' Puts Uganda Anti-Gay Bill on Center Stage

This Wednesday night, Current TV's Vanguard series will be talking about Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill in a documentary entitled Missionaries of Hate. And if this documentary is as powerful as its trailer, then it needs to be seen, sent to members of Congress and all of the media -- LGBT included -- and remembered for posterity.

The press release is as follows:


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.

It hasn't even aired yet and there is already speculation that Scott Lively, one of the people featured in the documentary, is trying to push up a defense. The following is from his webpage:


I'm looking for a good Christian media source to interview me on film on the Uganda issue for posting online. I intend to get off defense and counter-attack the false witnesses with hard facts about Uganda and the dishonest way the media has addressed the story. Please forward this to any pro-family journalists you know and ask them to contact me at sdllaw@gmail.com.

Personally, I want to see who takes up his request. Based upon Lively's past actions, I'm curious to see who fits his definition of the word "pro-family."

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