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Maine-ah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-20-11 11:14 PM
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How Michele Bachmann Is Tied to the Ugandan Movement to Execute Gay People
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Why did Michele Bachmann hire an accused terrorist and ex-spy who pals around with a central figure in the Ugandan effort to make homosexuality a crime punishable by death?
Peter Waldron is a Christian pastor and on-the-ground organizer for the Bachmann campaign in Iowa. He is also, as The Atlantic's Garance Franke-Ruta reported this week, an accused terrorist who spent 37 days in a Ugandan prison after officials there found him with a cache of assault rifles and ammunition in 2006.

Weird, huh? He's also a self-promoting globe-trotting raconteur who actively encourages the perception that he is a U.S. intelligence operative. And, as reporter Andrew Ricewho met Waldron in Uganda in 2004notes, he is pals with a Ugandan minister named Martin Ssempa: "The Sunday I attended Ssempa's church, after he finished his sermon, the pastor told his audience that he had a special guest to introduce, a visitor from the United States. All eyes fixed on a stocky white man with a thick moustache, who wore a gray safari suit. He introduced himself as Dr. Peter Waldron, of Wyoming."

Ssempa is one of the chief proponents of Uganda's so-called "Kill the Gays" bill, which would criminalize homosexuality and introduce the death penalty in certain cases (it's currently tabled in the Ugandan parliament). He preaches that gay people "eat poop" and shows gay pornography in his church to disgust and inflame his followers. He's no stranger to American evangelicalsRick Warren has hosted Ssempa many times at his Saddleback Church in Southern California. As MSNBC's Rachel Maddow has repeatedly demonstrated, Uganda is sort of a playground for right-wing American Christianist politicians, who view it as a laboratory of sorts for theocratic policy initiatives. Sen. James Inhofe is a frequent visitor.
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-20-11 11:23 PM
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1. K/R and here's a video of the Bastard Martin Ssempa. It's horrid. Hate-filled.
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Kalidurga Donating Member (627 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-20-11 11:32 PM
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3. So Bachmann (wait for it) .....
pals around with terrorists...
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-20-11 11:30 PM
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2. This fact must be spread far and wide...
He is disgusting.

Recommended.

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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-21-11 06:46 AM
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6. Agreed! bttt...
:kick:
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Kennah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-21-11 01:09 AM
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4. Why am I unable to even feign surprise over this?
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-21-11 01:15 AM
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5. Bachmann would start her own "kill the gays" campaign
if she could get away with it.

Birds of a feather flock together.
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lindysalsagal Donating Member (444 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-21-11 04:48 PM
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7. Why this isn't at the top of the greatest page, I'll never know- n/t.
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