In March 2009, three American evangelicals traveled to Uganda to headline an anti-gay conference. Soon after, legislation was proposed that would make being gay punishable by life in prison or, in some cases, death. The anti-homosexuality bill drew international condemnation, with both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama weighing in.
And while many American evangelicals released statements criticizing the bill after the controversy erupted, at least one of them traveled to Uganda in person. In May, Lou Engle, founder of TheCall Ministry and a chief campaigner for Proposition 8, the measure that outlaws same sex marriage in California, traveled to the east African nation to headline a prayer event.
Before he left for Uganda, Engle sent out a press release saying that he was not going there to promote the anti-homosexuality bill. Weeks after returning, Engle sent out another press release voicing his regret that the bill was promoted at TheCall Uganda event and says that it happened after he had left.
As we show in Vanguard's "Missionaries of Hate," during TheCall Uganda, Engle surrounded himself with some of the key backers of Uganda's anti-gay legislation, including Pastor Julius Oyet, Minister of Ethics and Integrity Nsaba Buturo and the bill's author, MP David Bahati.
Others have already pointed out how Oyet actually spoke in support of the bill before Engle with Buturo following just after. We showed a bit of what Engle said in our documentary, but many have been wondering what else he said during his sermon at the prayer event.
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