Moses, a young gay man from Uganda, spoke at our media conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. He is seeking asylum in The United States, because he fears for his life in Uganda. The Ugandan media sometimes publishes the photographs and addresses of LGBT people, placing their livelihoods at risk and their lives in imminent danger.
As Moses stood in front of the podium, the juxtaposition of the American flag and this courageous young man wearing a bag to blur his humanity was jarring. I felt pride for living in a free country where we could hold a press conference to denounce The Family’s role in Uganda. But, there was also shame that America, famous for its innovation, had been exporting a virulent and violent strain of religious extremism to far away lands.
In front of the cameras, Moses recounted how he had been forced to marry a woman, was assaulted at school, raped by a policeman, and fired from his job because he is gay.
American politicians have no business belonging to the cult-like organization that runs the National Prayer Breakfast. The members of “The Family” in our government, who are guilty by direct participation and association for what has happened to this brave Ugandan, are: Sens. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), and John Ensign (R-NV). Key House members include: Reps. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn), Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), Heath Shuler (D-NC) Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Joe Pitts (R-PA). If they are your representatives, be sure and thank them for their inhumanity to their fellow man. I know I already have.