Kapya Kaoma, an Anglican priest and the senior religion and sexuality researcher at Boston-based Political Research Associates (PRA), which Religious Right Watch has long been appreciative of, has authored an important contribution in the Los Angeles Times. He wrote the reports "Colonizing African Values" and "Globalizing the Culture Wars."
The vitriol that has fueled U.S. culture wars for so long is now being exported, and some of our most ardent culture warriors are finding a far more receptive audience abroad.
In nations such as Uganda, Russia, Nigeria and Belize, an insidious homophobia engineered in America is taking root. I have seen this hate being spread with my own eyes.
In March 2009, while in Kampala, Uganda, researching reports of U.S. right-wing evangelical involvement in attacks on LGBTQ equality and reproductive justice, I was invited to a three-day conference on homosexuality hosted by the Family Life Network, which is based in New York. The keynote speaker was Scott Lively from Springfield, Mass., who introduced himself as a leading expert on the "international homosexual agenda." I filmed Lively over the course of two days as he instructed religious and political leaders about how gays were coming to Uganda from the West to "recruit children into homosexuality."
Image by Daniel Zender for the Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2014.
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