"Straight Man's Burden"

by Zoe Pollock

Jeff Sharlet reports from the front lines of Uganda's political anti-gay persecutions. Sharlet interviews the people behind Uganda's Fellowship movement and its roots in and ties to the American evangelical movement, the Family. It's behind the pay wall but it's pretty scary stuff:

Every year, right before Uganda's Independence Day, the government holds a National Prayer Breakfast modelled on the Family's event in Washington. Americans, among them Republican Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahama, former attorney general John Ashcroft - both longtime Family men and outspoken antigay activists - and Pastor Rick Warren, are a frequent attraction at the Ugandan Fellowship's weekly meetings. "He said homosexuality is a sin and that we should fight it," Bahati recalled of Warren's visits.

Inhofe and Warren, like most American fundamentalists, came out in muted opposition to Uganda's gay death penalty, but they didn't dispute the motive behind it: the eradication of homosexuality. The may disagree on the means, favoring a "cure" rather than killing, but not the ends.