Author of Uganda’s gay-execution bill to attend National Prayer Breakfast

David Bahati, Ugandan legislator and author of the Anti-Homosexuality Act will attend the Family-sponsored event this February:

Mr Bahati, according to reports, may speak at the event where President Barack Obama – a gays-tolerant liberal president, is also expected to attend. On Friday, Mr Bahati said he would attend. The event is organised by The Fellowship- a conservative Christian organisation, which has deep political connections and counts several high-ranking conservative politicians in its membership.

“I intend to attend the prayer breakfast,” said Mr Bahati – himself a part organiser of the Ugandan equivalent of the national prayer breakfast. This week, citing international pressure, President Yoweri Museveni advised his party’s National Executive Committee, his cabinet and the NRM parliamentary caucus to “go slow” on the Bill.

The Family and affiliated evangelicals working in Uganda have in recent weeks been distancing themselves from the bill and its authors. It’ll be interesting to see how and if they receive Bahati.

Bahati’s appearance is also a testable moment for Obama; every president since Eisenhower has attended the Prayer Breakfast. In light of the recent and entirely disturbing revelations about The Family, the ideal thing for Obama to do would be to skip the affair entirely. But Politics won’t allow that. But Obama can still make strong statements beforehand, and take advantage of the presidential keynote to make a strong and explicit denunciation of the Bill. We’ll see if he takes the opportunities.

One Response

  1. It’s funny to me (being sarcastic) that these cowards in the Family and affiliated groups are now backing away from a bill that they themselves pushed for. Reality came up and slapped them across their faces and all they can do is back away slowly and try to mitigate the damages. Good to see that these lunatics are actually cowards.

    I hope Obama takes time to point out how unethical and un-christian such a bill would be.

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