One of the original researchers to expose the ties between U.S. right-wing evangelicals and anti-LGBTQ laws in Uganda and other parts of Africa has released a new book that shows U.S. activists how to stop Americans like Scott Lively and Rick Warren from exporting anti-gay animus abroad.
“American Culture Warriors in Africa: A Guide to the Exporters of Homophobia and Sexism is penned by Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma and Political Research Associates, the outfit that filmed the explosive undercover footage of Lively in Uganda telling lawmakers and faith leaders that gays from the West were “infiltrating” Ugandan schools to “recruit” and “molest” children.
Lively authored a book claiming that Hitler and the Nazis were really a secret gay club.
“This is incredibly dangerous,” says Kaoma. “These Americans are presenting themselves as figures of authority and teaching that being gay is the same as being a pedophile, and that gays from the West are coming to rape and recruit African children into homosexuality.”
Kaoma’s research led to an international outcry against the Anti-Homosexuality “Kill the Gays” Bill proposed in Uganda after encouragement by the U.S. conservatives. That bill was passed into law this year, and includes penalties up to life-in-prison for LGBTQ people, driving LGBTQ Ugandans even further underground.
American Culture Warriors in Africa, Kaoma says, is a first-of-its-kind guide for activists who want to get involved and stop this globalization of homophobia.
“Cutting off foreign aid is not the answer,” Kaoma says, explaining that withholding aid only hurts the most vulnerable in African nations, and inspires rage against the West rather than putting pressure on the African politicians and leaders who are pushing for the passage of the draconian laws.
Instead, “American Culture Warriors in Africa” offers case study examples of how Americans can effectively neutralize the right-wing evangelicals here at home, drawing massive attention to what they say and how they work overseas, even when those same conservatives are trying to put on a more friendly face here at home.
Don’t know who those right-wingers are? The book also offers complete profiles and details on who the bad actors are.
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“God Loves Uganda,” the award-winning documentary by Roger Ross Williams (inspired by Kaoma and Political Research Associates’ work) about the exportation of hate from the U.S. to Africa, premiered May 19 on PBS, the same day Kaoma’s book was being released.
“As people learn more about Americans driving anti-LGBTQ animus and legislation in Uganda and beyond,” says director Roger Ross Williams, “they ask ‘What can I do to stop this?’ American Culture Warriors in Africa is the perfect companion piece.”
The book has also received the endorsement of civil-rights legend Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who says, “Each of us has a role in stopping the persecution of sexual minorities across the globe. Kapya Kaoma and Political Research Associates are showing us why it is urgent that we do so–and how and where to begin. I highly recommend American Culture Warriors in Africa, as an excellent starting point for all who are committed to ending oppression and sharing the true message of God’s all-inclusive love.”