Rachel Maddow has a stunning report on the murder of David Kato. First, watch it and listen. Having done that, think again about all that crap about how progressive Christians are trying to push their agenda on the Global South. Using smoke and mirrors reactionary Christian groups charge progressives with poisoning the faith well and trying to drag down believers into their agenda of pan-sexual free for all morality, etc. In doing so they hope that we will not focus on their message of hate and their fear mongering.
At the end of this segment Rachel Maddow states that donor nations (and one supposes NGO's) need to make it clear to the people of Uganda that they believe David Kato's murder must be addressed by ending or not instituting anti-gay laws, by protecting all the citizens of Uganda, by promoting tolerance and not bigotry. And, she suggests, the US ought to take the lead, since the anti-gay propaganda machine works from here.
Yesterday ENS announced that our own Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori would be joining his administration as a member of the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.This is quite an honor. It is also an opportunity. Faith-based partnerships are partnerships between the civic and religious "sectors" of our common life. They only work when the faith based communities are willing to abide by, or even exceed, the expectations of the civil community for justice and tolerance both. So the Advisory Committee ought to have some interest in calling those who incite hate and fear to account. The incendiary anti-gay rhetoric puts people in jeopardy both at home and around the world.
So, look and listen to this: BTW, thanks to Counterlight, aka Doug Blanchard for the tip and his post.