Please watch this op.doc from today's New York Times. It is called "Gospel of Intolerance." It was made by Roger Ross Williams, the Academy Award winning filmmaker whose most recent work "God Loves Uganda" is currently being premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Lynne had a small role as an associate producer of "God Loves Uganda" because some of it was shot in Kansas City at the International House of Prayer. This op.doc considers certain factions of American evangelicals who have taken it upon themselves to stir up hatred toward gays in Uganda. It's powerful and insightful and downright scary. A must-see for all of us who care about the children who live there.
In William's own words:
"Raised in Pennsylvania, I grew up in the black church. My father was a religious leader in the community, and my sister is a pastor. I went to church every Sunday and sang in the choir. But for all that the church gave me - for all that it represented belonging, love and community - it also shut its doors to me as a gay person. That experience left me with the lifelong desire to explore the power of religion to transform lives or destroy them. I became interested in Uganda, an intensely religious country that attracts many American missionaries and much funding from United States faith-based organizations. The American evangelical movement in Africa does valuable work in helping the poor. But as you'll see in this Op-Doc video, some of their efforts and money feed a dangerous ideology that seeks to demonize L.G.B.T. people and intensifies religious rhetoric until it results in violence. It is important for American congregations to hold their churches accountable for what their money does in Africa."