Please support this important initiative
LAST week, in the Freethinker bulletin, I appealed to subscribers to help with a vitally important project: the production of a documentary that aims to expose the activities of Western evangelicals who are travelling mainly to African countries to encourage their governments either to enact draconian anti-gay legislation, or to strengthen existing discriminatory laws.
I am guessing that a number of people responded positively to that appeal, because I learned today that more than more than half of the £800.00 needed has been raised.
Inspiration for the video follows the exposure of a Cambridgeshire evangelist, Paul Shinners, above, who travelled to Uganda in 2012 to urge local politicians and church leaders to support a proposed “Kill the Gays” Bill.
He asserted that “God would bless Uganda” for the Bill.
Shinners is the head of the UK registered charity – Passion for Souls Ministries – and he runs a cafe/bookshop called the Cornerstone Cafe in St. Neots, Cambridgeshire.
He was quoted in a Ugandan newspaper as speaking in favour of the “Kill the Gays” Bill, but he denied this in a statement to the local paper and issued threats of legal action to anyone who tried to get clarification from him on what he said. He was consistently dishonest, and lied and issued threats to anyone who challenged him.
But thanks to the efforts of Daniel B Law, who has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the video, footage of Shinners’ hate message delivered to those attending a religious rally finally came to light.
Law points out:
He went to great lengths to eradicate any copies of what he said in Uganda. One individual was even attacked for trying to obtain a copy. Despite being told the recording had been deleted from all the data sources in Uganda, I eventually managed to track down a recording of Shinners through a contact in Uganda.
The video showed that the newspaper report was accurate and that Shinners had lied to try to cover his tracks and protect his business. This video shows the portion where he discusses the “Kill the Gays” Bill.
Law’s proposed video is not just about Shinners. He says that Western Evangelicals, who have been losing their war against homosexuals in the their own countries, have turned to Africa and have funneled millions into training African pastors, particularly in Uganda, to preach against homosexuality and spread baseless propaganda to the masses.
Law hopes his documentary will prove a useful resource for those who wish to halt the export of homophobia to African countries, and to places like Jamaica.
Last year, for example, anti-gay evangelicals from the US and the UK urged Jamaican Christian conservatives to resist repealing the country’s buggery law by arguing that homosexuality is a choice and connected to paedophilia.
Among those who addressed a conference organised by the Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society and the Christian Lawyers’ Association in Kingston, was Andrea Minichiello Williams, above, founder of the UK’s Christian Concern.
Addressing the Kingston conference, she said Jamaica had the opportunity to become a world leader by fending off foreign pressure to decriminalise same-sex intercourse. She warned that removal of Britain’s sodomy law was the start of a process that has led to more and more permissive laws, including equalising the age of consent laws for homosexual and heterosexual intercourse.
Once you strip away all this stuff, what you get is no age consent … nobody ever enforces that law anymore. We already have a strong man-boy movement that’s moving in Europe.
Might it be that Jamaica says to the United States of America, says to Europe, ‘Enough! You cannot come in and attack our families. We will not accept aid or promotion tied to an agenda that is against God and destroys our families,’” she said, adding to applause, “If you win here, you will have an impact in the Caribbean and an impact across the globe.
They hate the line of homosexuality being linked to paedophilia. They try to cut that off, so you can’t speak about it. So I say to you in Jamaica: Speak about it. Speak about it.