Uganda’s Bahati says he’ll show at National Prayer Breakfast

UPDATE: Warren Throckmorton reports that Bahati “will not be attending the National Prayer Breakfast according to sources with the Fellowship Foundation,” and that “NPB officials and Congressional leaders were taking action to assure that Bahati did not come.” [h/t’s to Lionel Diemel and Box Turtle Bulletin]

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Uganda MP David Bahati – the as-yet unmoved mover of the kill-the-gays bill currently in parliament – told Daily Monitor‘s Angelo Izama he plans to be at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

The Breakfast, of course, is The Family’s annual signature event, held on the first Thursday in February, and regularly attended by the President of the United States. (President Obama is currently scheduled to attend.) According to author Jeff Sharlet, the Breakfast is regarded by The Family “as merely a tool in a larger purpose: to recruit the powerful attendees into smaller, more frequent prayer meetings, where they can meet Jesus man to man.'”

The guest list doesn’t end with Bahati. Sharlet recently told Voice of America that Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity Minister James Nsaba Buturo also plans to be in D.C. on Feb. 4. Buturo has been a strong supporter of the proposed legislation.

How much store ought we to set by this news? Linkages between Family-fueled, anti-gay American zealotry and the Ugandan crisis have been well documented, here and elsewhere. Still, it’s easy enough to imagine that a Family invitation to breakfast with Bahati and Buturo might be revoked and their credentials refused, especially if the headline plays as a showdown between the Family and the White House.

Box Turtle Bulletin frames the question succintly:

Also, every U.S. President since Eisenhower has attended and spoken at the breakfast. Will President Obama agree to share the same room with these two would-be murderers?

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  1. Gregory

    The prayer “The Family” and their cohorts really need, mindful that God chose the sinful publican over the über-religious Pharisee, is “God, be merciful to me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13), with one possible addition: “Lord, enable me to see the plank in my own eye, rather than focus on the speck of sawdust in the eyes of others” (Matthew 7:1-5).

    Or, though it’s a bit early, perhaps the Lenten prayer of Saint Ephraim the Syrian?

    “Lord and master of my life! Take from me the spirit of laziness, meddling, lust for power and idle talk.”

    “Instead, give me, your servant, a spirit of prudence, humility, patience and love.”

    “Yes, Lord and King! Let me see my own faults and not judge others — for you are blessed for ages and ages. Amen.”

    Perhaps if they prayed thusly, their politics would be far different — and more Christlike.

    Gregory Orloff

  2. Michael Russell

    Since these folks legislation is in notorious violation of human rights and since it could adversely affect Americans travelling in Uganda or ministering there, it seems to me that protests to the State department about giving these fellows visas would be in order.

  3. Box Turtle Bulletin now says that Bahati is not coming. Read the post here.

  4. These less-than-gentlemen/monsters give Persona Non-Grata all new depth of meaning (unless seated at a table for three with Bishop Chane).

  5. John B. Chilton

    Thanks for the update, Torey.

    BTB is passing along information developed by

    http://wthrockmorton.com/2010/01/18/david-bahati-will-not-attend-the-national-prayer-breakfast/

    I find this interesting:

    “according to Bob Hunter and others with the Fellowship Foundation, Bahati was invited months ago to come to Washington DC only as a volunteer and not to attend the NPB event. According to these sources, Bahati declined the invitation prior to introducing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. According to Mr. Hunter, the Monitor article and Bahati’s statements came as a complete surprise to the NPB officials here. However, in the event the article was accurate, the NPB officials and Congressional leaders were taking action to assure that Bahati did not come to any of the meetings.

    “I have asked David Bahati for comment regarding these reports but he has not returned the email request.”

    Bahati has spoken for himself. Publicly. The same cannot be said of the Fellowship regarding Bahati’s appearance — or anything else for that matter..

  6. David Allen |dah • veed|

    (unless seated at a table for three with Bishop Chane).

    I am sorry Leonardo, I am confused by this. Could you please explain what you mean.

  7. Leonardo Ricardo

    (unless seated at a table for three with Bishop Chane).

    Dahveed,

    I meant, wouldn´t it be wonderful if these guys could exchange ideas and enjoy Christian fellowship with Bishop Chane? Certainly, Bishop Chane could shed some light on them, for them, regarding their gruesome anti-homosexual murder/abuse trap of a pogrom/program. Seating arrangements, as you know, are often keys to ¨polite exchange¨ at social gatherings. Sorry, when rereading it, I was confused too. Viva Mexico, I just returned from some wonderful days in Chiapas!

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