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Watch: Rachel Maddow Continues Digging into Anti-Gay Uganda


Last night, Rachel Maddow continued here excellent reporting on the situation in Uganda, updating her story with the news we received late yesterday that the two most heinous provisions of the "kill the gays" bill had been dropped. She also discussed how forced "conversion therapy", now promised by the Ugandan government, is at the heart of the work of her guest from last night, "ex-gay" Richard Cohen.

Her first segment dealt with Cohen and the American evangelicals who encourage anti-gay sentiment in Africa, and in the second segment she talks again with Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family.


In related news, TIME magazine has published a big piece on the situation in Uganda, and its American religious connections.

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  1. I cannot imagine a better person to continue covering this story than Rachel. I believe she's one of the brightest people in political news and very passionate about reporting.

    Posted by: sparks | Dec 10, 2009 7:28:20 AM

  2. Am I the only one who can no longer see Rachel Maddow clips on any websites? This has been going on for a couple of weeks and I feel like I'm missing out on her brilliance. Is it because I'm on a Mac or using Safari? Anyone have any advice?

    Posted by: MT | Dec 10, 2009 8:20:08 AM

  3. Let me see, "forced conversion therapy" - Circa 1950 USA - Confinement in a Mental or prison facility, forced surgical or chemical castration, Lobotomy, electric shock therapy, Ice Baths until you are unconscious mmmmmm ahhhh yeah you might as well Kill Me! Some alternatives to beatings, whippings, executions!!

    Posted by: AlexInBoston | Dec 10, 2009 8:47:32 AM

  4. Too bad Rachel Maddow has to cheapen such an important story with the NYPost-esque headline "Uganda Be Kidding Me." Not an appropriate occasion for wordplay AT ALL!

    Posted by: Scott | Dec 10, 2009 10:11:29 AM

  5. to MT: try updating your browser, that should help. if it still doesn't, maybe try firefox instead of safari...

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Dec 10, 2009 10:32:27 AM

  6. I agree with Scott's comment above -- this is a not a matter to be joke-y about.

    Posted by: Steve ST | Dec 10, 2009 11:17:57 AM

  7. MT I have a MAC and use Safari, no problems here or, both have Maddow clips often.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Dec 10, 2009 11:19:36 AM


    Written by Reverend Kapya Kaona (who is originally from Zaire), this piece gives a concise overview of gay issues in Uganda and broadens the current actions taken by government officials to other African nations currently grappling with state sanctioned homophobia. A little longer than your average HuffPo essay, but definitely worth the read -- Kaona does an excellent job of contextualizing homosexuality and its intersections between religions (Christian, Islam, and indigenous/animist traditions) and the history of colonialism.

    Posted by: Foochy | Dec 10, 2009 8:47:46 PM

  9. And just who will be receiving payment for running conversion therapy programs? American evangelicals with organizations and clout in Uganda no doubt. And how much American tax money will be flowing into those evangelical pockets via continued aid for abstinence and HIV prevention programs, which aren't really valuable but created and promoted by same American evangelical empires fat off tax free status for their international "ministries" in the states.

    Posted by: Babylonia | Jan 8, 2010 1:43:58 AM

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