A powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to infuse African culture with values imported from America's Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting sexual immorality and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow biblical law. Written by
"When the righteous rule the people rejoice." One of many positions that make it hard to tell if that's coming from the Christian right or the Islamic right. . Filmed in Uganda are The Family Life Network, International House of Prayer, Lou Engle, Joanna Watson and Scott Lively. The later an American evangelist, Holocaust revisionist, with the position that homosexuals are recruiting your children, "your sons and daughters". With statements like that, these people and organizations, voiced support for imprisoning gays in Uganda (and most likely the US) as a step toward protecting society. Also relegated to their "hated" list was the UN & UNICEF because of their efforts to moderate overpopulation, disease & hunger through supporting condom use. When I listened to these apostles of hate, "The reward of sin is death, the Bible says." I was struck by an unsettling erratic, emotional frenzy and absence of language suggesting any reasoned thought - just an indoctrinated, brainwashed from childhood, robotic memorized recitation of biblical passages. Shown in the film, and well known, is how these religious corporations rationalize the extreme wealth that they generate as exemplified by IHOP's top evangelists and others having mansions (in some cases more than one). I JUST CAN'T SEE Jesus IN A MANSION! Yes, the rationale is that God has personally OK'ed it, as revealed by those who benefit.
I was also struck by how little respect there is for cultural diversity and history. A retelling of American history with the near extinction of the "savages", and for those who survived, their culture. A similar edict of conversion is seen with a missionary zeal in Uganda, made even more effective, just as it was for the Native peoples of the Americas, in being awe-struck by the god like material power of the white "helpers". Most effective in extolling that, "My God is superior to your god."
Through out the film the position of power is symbolized by being above and putting hands on a submissive person - "we know better than you, what's good for you", followed then by promises of "eternal life". The taking of poorly educated and barely surviving people by providing food and needed medical care with the ultimate intent of conversion is deceptive and dishonest.
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