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Anti-Gay Christian Fundamentalist Groups Fund 'KONY 2012' Group Invisible Children: VIDEO

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On The Young Turks, Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur discuss recent revelations and criticism of Invisible Children, the group behind the 'KONY 2012' video and its accompanying campaign.

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Kony2012Alternet has a lengthy article about links between Invisible Children and The Caster Family Foundation, one of the biggest financial backers of the push for California’s Proposition 8.

Also tied to IC are Lou Engle's The Call and other ministries including Discovery Institute, Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, The Fellowship Foundation, and Ed Silvoso’s Harvest Evangelism. All received funding from the National Christian Foundation. Several are tied directly to Uganda's "kill the gays" bill.

Alternet adds:

Why does it matter, if Invisible Children was funded by controversial donors? Two reasons - one, we can assume those donors thought IC aligned with their agenda - which is antagonistic to LGBT rights. Two, it fits an emerging pattern in which Invisible Children appears selectively concerned about crimes committed by Joseph Kony but indifferent to crimes, perhaps on a bigger scale, committed by their provisional partner, the government of Uganda - whose president shot his way into power using child soldiers, before Joseph Kony began using child soldiers. Like Kony, the government of Uganda was also indicted by the International Criminal Court in 2005, for human rights abuses and looting in the DRC Congo (PDF file of ICC ruling against Uganda). Like Kony, the Ugandan army preys upon civilians and is currently accused, by Western human rights groups, with raping and looting in the DRC Congo, where it is hunting for Kony. In the late 1990s, Uganda helped spark a conflict in DRC Congo that, by the middle of the next decade it is estimated, had killed up to 5.4 million civilians, more than any conflict since World War Two.

Concerns about these groups compound growing questions about its finances.

Invisible Children Funded By Antigay, Creationist Christian Right [alternet]

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  1. I don't find this suprising at at all. Invisible Children's proposal is to support the Ugandan government, who is well known where gay people are put in death row if they're caught.

    Posted by: Stranded | Mar 13, 2012 8:49:04 PM


  2. And I read it here first. Thank you for relaying some very important investigative journalisim.

    Posted by: ROBERT BAKER | Mar 13, 2012 8:55:48 PM


  3. During this entire story, I kept asking myself "Yes, killing adn torturing children is disgusting, but as is the execution of gays. Which does and still happens in Uganda. Where was this group when gays were being brutally murdered in that country?"

    Posted by: Real Talk | Mar 13, 2012 9:51:29 PM


  4. Homophobia is still alive. When the kill gays bill in Uganda was hot, you didn't see THAT much mainstream outrage. At all. I saw many, many comments saying "well, it's their culture and we need to respect their cultural practices"
    I don't respect any group unless they stand up for freedom and justice on all fronts. Those children should be freed, but this group is hardly noble.

    Posted by: Jackson T. | Mar 13, 2012 9:54:16 PM


  5. Andy, I would be very cautious about citing Cenk Uygur or Alternet as a source for news. Uygur is such a moonbat that even MSNBC got rid of him, and Alternet is just short for "Conspiracy Theory Central."

    The root theory for everything wrong with Africa is colonialism. At what point can we hold Africans responsible for their own brutality?

    Posted by: Max | Mar 13, 2012 10:25:19 PM


  6. @ MAX: your ideology is showing. Africa is a long way from escaping its colonial past, whether it fits your taste or not.

    Where in Africa have you visited?

    Posted by: David R. | Mar 13, 2012 11:07:27 PM


  7. Of course, it's not a binary situation: there's plenty that's wrong in Africa that has nothing to do with colonialism, but I know right-folks tend to have a hard time with that kind of nuance.

    Posted by: David R. | Mar 13, 2012 11:08:20 PM


  8. "At what point can we hold Africans responsible for their own brutality?"

    No time like the present.

    Posted by: Jeff NYC | Mar 13, 2012 11:33:21 PM


  9. "The root theory for everything wrong with Africa is colonialism. At what point can we hold Africans responsible for their own brutality?"

    Very few outside a postcolonial class/circlejerk exclusively blame the West for sub-Saharan Africa's ongoing issues. A great deal of the backlash about Invisible Children has come from people who have worked on this issue their whole lives, who struggle with the complexities on a daily basis.

    Posted by: Nat | Mar 13, 2012 11:45:19 PM


  10. Thank you NAT, you put it so much better than I did.

    Posted by: David R. | Mar 14, 2012 1:23:15 AM


  11. @Max

    Dude, if you're going to troll, at least get your facts right. MSNBC didn't 'get rid' of Cenk. Cenk quit.

    True, they were going to swap him from having his own show to being a paid regular guest, but they actually offered him a huge raise in the process.

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 14, 2012 2:34:05 AM


  12. Yes, I'm sure the backers are REALLY just trying to slip in some antigay propaganda under the radar, there's no possible way they could be outraged by the prostitution and conscription of children by a theocratic revolutionary in a country where they're handing out food and medicine.

    Also, totally agree that Museveni and Kony are totally interchangeable on child soldiers. Sure, it was 25 years ago and he's been relatively reform-minded since then, helping put Uganda's economy back together and waging the only effective campaign against AIDS in Africa.

    Sure, Kony's objectively worse then Museveni ever was in every way and is currently trying to wage a civil war.

    Sure, I can see how the equivalence might come off as slightly dishonest and the demand that NGOs jeopardize their missions by refusing to engage with the Ugandan government unrealistic.

    Posted by: Mr H | Mar 14, 2012 6:26:52 AM


  13. It's so sad to me that a group that is trying to do good in africa is getting bashed in the gay media.I guess the lives of african kids doesn't matter.Most in the gay media can careless about africa unless it's to talk about homophobia.

    Posted by: James | Mar 14, 2012 8:21:33 AM


  14. no they don't

    Invisible Children has recieved 3% of its total funding from anti-gay fundie groups

    3% out of 100% = 97% of IC funding is NOT from fundies

    Posted by: say what | Mar 14, 2012 9:52:32 AM


  15. @JAMES you're either a troll or a moron. Either way, go educate yourself instead of embarassing yourself.

    Posted by: DrJWL | Mar 14, 2012 9:52:46 AM


  16. Before people start donating to IC, they should do some research online about the organization and about Kony himself. The infamous Kony 2012 video barely mentioned the fact that Kony is no longer in Uganda. Ugandans themselves are no longer concerned with him and the Ugandan press is outraged over the whole Kony 2012 video. They fear drawing attention towards Kony will continue to ignore the major problems facing the country, namely the AIDS crisis and massive government corruption. The IC might have good intentions but their current stick seems to be more about raising awareness for IC than helping Ugandans. In fact, only 37% of their budget goes towards outreach in Africa. 20% is salaries and 43% goes to awareness programs.

    I know this rant makes me sound like I have an axe to grind with them but I just want people to be aware of some of the facts before blindly supporting the campaign. Kony is truely a monster but stopping him will not turn Uganda into utopia. There are so many other complex and deeply entrenched problems that need to be addressed but unfortunately are being glossed over. Awareness is important but so is education. Bracelets and action kits will not make the problems of Uganda go away.

    Posted by: KP | Mar 14, 2012 10:51:10 AM


  17. "Sure, I can see how the equivalence might come off as slightly dishonest and the demand that NGOs jeopardize their missions by refusing to engage with the Ugandan government unrealistic."

    I'm sorry, but you don't know what you're talking about.

    There's been very little enthusiasm about Invisible Children among the regional aid players.

    The people who risk their lives, on a daily basis providing aid are the ones who helped to lift the veil back on the crass opportunism that's present in this present campaign.

    And how do I know that? Beyond being personally involved, my brother Sam has worked out of Rwanda since 1995. He was working in what was then-Zaire when the First Congo War broke out. Kony's atrocities would pale beside some of the men he's had to deal with in the decade since. He knows everyone. But you know what? He doesn't know how to fix the tangle of issues that engulf the region. The problems involved are simply too complex.

    But my brother knows enough to be confident that killing Kony - and then forgetting about the region, as people will inevitably do - won't change a damn thing. As long as concrete steps are avoided and people insist on these meaningless self-fulfilling campaigns, then nothing substantive will change.


    Posted by: Nat | Mar 14, 2012 11:03:58 AM


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