Reagan Without Revisionism?
This weekend is the 100th birthday of President Ronald Reagan with many events scheduled throughout the country. In particular, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library here in Simi, CA is having a centennial celebration, focusing on the Gipper’s accomplishments without, of course, acknowledging his failures.
NPR is featuring a great story today about the growing, largely unbalanced myth of President Reagan’s legacy, mostly fueled by the right-wing, anti-tax historical revisionism of Grover Norquist and others.
The New York Times has been following a story over the last two years about the presence of US evangelical missionary groups in Uganda. A Times article published in January 2010 claimed missionaries gave public lectures in the capital of Kampala, promoting an anti-gay agenda.
“For three days, according to participants and audio recordings, thousands of Ugandans, including police officers, teachers and national politicians, listened raptly to the Americans, who were presented as experts on homosexuality. The visitors discussed how to make gay people straight, how gay men often sodomized teenage boys and how ‘the gay movement is an evil institution” whose goal is “to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity.'”
Now the Times is reporting that David Kato, the country’s most prominent gay rights spokesperson has been beaten to death with a hammer in his Kampala home, signaling that the anti-gay seeds US missionaries have sewn here have taken root.
Listen to audio recordings of the anti-gay propaganda of US evangelicals being spread in Uganda, which was posted in the January 2010 Times article. Disgusting beliefs and actions from people who profess to follow the love of the Gospels. The right-wing organizations sponsoring this missionary activity should be heavily scrutinized by both US officials and civil rights organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League, and their activities should be disrupted by protest that draw public attention to their evil ways.