If there was any doubt that there was something fishy about Invisible Children, the outfit behind the "Kony 2012" video, those doubts have been wiped out by People for the American Way's Josh Glasstetter. Earlier today, he happened upon a video that appears to show links between Invisible Children and Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa, one of the main proponents of a law that would make homosexuality punishable by death.
Back in 2005, a group from Invisible Children visited Grove City College in Pennsylvania and showed them a video about child soldiers in the Ugandan civil war. The students weren't sure how to help until Ssempa arrived on campus a few days later. According to the students, Ssempa gave them "the vision" to put together a large humanitarian relief package and send it to Uganda.
However, Ssempa's real agenda is much more odious. According to this extensive 2010 piece by NPR, Ssempa drums up support for the "kill the gays" bill by showing lurid gay porn at conferences. This law, for those who don't know, would make gay sex punishable by up to life in prison for the first offense and death for the second. It seems pretty hard to believe that Ssempa just happened to show up at Grove City so soon after Invisible Children left campus.
Invisible Children's already been under fire from the Better Business Bureau for stonewalling on basic questions about its operations. Hmmm--could one explanation be that it may not want the international community to know that it's working with one of the most virulent homophobes on the planet?
If there wasn't enough reason for Invisible Children to come clean, its apparent links to Ssempa are the biggest reason yet.