Thursday, February 4, 2010

TWO [Truth Wins Out] Praises President Obama for Condemning Uganda Bill At National Prayer Breakfast - by Wayne Besen

Truth Wins Out praised President Barack Obama today for his bold speech at the National Prayer Breakfast condemning Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The bill would imprison, hunt down and even execute gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The bill also threatens imprisonment for those who do not turn in their LGBT friends and family members to authorities.

In his speech, Obama said:

“We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are — whether it’s here in the United States or, as Hillary mentioned, more extremely in odious laws that are being proposed most recently in Uganda.” Photo Obama BBC News

The President’s words were particularly powerful in the setting of this breakfast, which is hosted by the fundamentalist group known as The Family. This secretive organization is directly linked to the “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda. The bill’s sponsor, David Bahati, is a key member of The Family.

“We applaud President Obama for having the courage to confront those responsible for the heinous anti-gay bill in Uganda,” said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out. “We hope that the President’s laudable stand makes it clear to Family members in the United States and Uganda that the world is watching. Religion can no longer be used to justify bigotry, intolerance and persecution anywhere on the face of the earth.” Read complete article - by Wayne Besen - Truth Wins Out (TWO)

National Prayer Breakfast

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Related links:

National Prayer Breakfast DrawsControversy - By LAURIE GOODSTEIN – The News York Times / International Herald Tribune

Obama condemns Uganda anti-gay bill as 'odious – BBC News

CREW To Obama: Skip The National Prayer Breakfast – by Arthur Delaney _ The Huffington Post

At National Prayer Breakfast, Obama warns against 'erosion of civility' - By Michael A. FletcherThe Washington Post

Uganda: ‘Anti-Homosexuality’ Bill Threatens Liberties and Human Rights Defenders – Human Rights Watch

Obama Calls for ‘Civility’ at Prayer Breakfast - By JEFF ZELENY – The Caucus Blog –

The Secret Political Reach Of 'The Family' 11/24/09 - Terry Gross - Fresh Air from WHYY - NPR

A Different Perspective On 'The Family' And Uganda 12/22/09 - - Terry Gross - Fresh Air from WHYY - NPR

Uganda’s “Kill-The-Gays” Bill Author Coming to National Prayer Breakfast – 1/16/10 - Jim Burroway - Box Turtle Bulletin

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