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Yesterday morning, I joined several religious leaders in criticizing The Family for its ties to David Bahati, a Ugandan legislator who is pushing the country’s oppressive anti-gay law that calls for the execution of gays and the imprisonment of those who promote homosexuality.
The Family, also known as The Fellowship, sponsors the National Prayer Breakfast, which attracts the president and a large number of members of Congress each year. I asked President Obama to condemn the Ugandan proposal. (Read more about this on AlterNet.)
I told the crowd that we are no longer shrugging over the National Prayer Breakfast, but now taking a closer look at the group behind it and the alarming agenda that it brings and the consequences it spawns in Uganda and around the world. A full text of my comments can be found here.
Yesterday’s event also included a discussion of an alternative day to the National Day of Prayer called the American Prayer Hour, which will hold inclusive events in 17 cities across the country tomorrow.
Joining me this morning were the Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, a member of the Metropolitan Community
Church Board of Elders; the Rev. Harry Knox, director of the Religion
and Faith Program for the Human Rights Campaign Fund; Bishop Carlton
Pearson, senior interim minister at Christ Universal Temple in Chicago;
the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire; Frank
Schaeffer, a former Religious Right leader who now disagrees with the
movement, and Moses, a young Ugandan gay man seeking asylum in the
Jay, I would hope you agree that all reasonable people should repudiate The Family and the terrible legislation they have pushed on the citizens of Uganda. Can I count on you to join with us?
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