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.