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  •  Social ties? Yes. Institutional ties? Doubtful. (0+ / 0-)

    Social ties are to be expected in a small expatriate community.

    I read through the lengthy documentation of Invisible Children's "institutional ties" to the Family. It seems to boil down to this.

    Mr. Russell of Invisible Children is an ardent Christian was once part of a mentoring program run by the Family. He made friends in that program who have in some cases gone on to run Family-funded programs in Uganda, and who have also in some cases funded things at Invisible Children through their friendship with Mr. Russell. Mr. Russell has been invited to the National Prayer Breakfast, run by the Family. Last, Paul Lukwiya, a prominent member of The Family, has been involved in mentoring Invisible Children mentors.

    Of these, the only thing that disturbs me is the last. It would therefore not surprise me if the kind of "spiritual guidance" received by Invisible Children students from their mentors would focus on the kind of messaging in the article, viz:

    "To preach the Gospel by lifting up Jesus alone - who is our common ground - across all divisions.
    To promote unity and reconciliation.
    To encourage abstinence until marriage by emphasizing
    sexual integrity and HIV/AIDS sensitization.
    To encourage hard work through community service."

    But bear in mind - and I can't emphasize this enough - whether affiliated with the Family or not, I would find it hard to find a single East African Christian who would disagree with those messages.

    •  I repeat (5+ / 0-)

      You can't just dangle something as important as saying you support sexual diversity and then not have questions asked about affiliations with any organization who so actively works against that principle. You say that institutional ties are doubtful. So let's clear up that doubt because in my mind it still remains.

      In the meantime, I'll bear in mind that East African Christians may completely agree with the messages you outlined. My point remains unchanged: If an organization has an affiliation with The Family it may embrace everything you just mentioned. That doesn't mitigate the seriousness of maintaining an association with a group that seeks to do so much harm to gay Africans. I consider their plight to be just as worthy of humanitarian assistance as any other African citizen.

      Score Card: Marriages won by me, 1. Marriages destroyed by me, 0.

      by Steven Payne on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 09:33:23 AM PDT

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