A lot of times, Christians or other faith groups will point to the charity their organizations are responsible for to deflect away any questioning their faith may encounter. I don’t know how many times I’ve asked a Catholic why they continue to put their money in a Catholic collection plate, knowing that the church covered up for and moved around pedophile priests, only to have them deflect by bringing up how many charities the Catholic Church is responsible for. It’s as if they think the charities make the rest of it okay.
I also wonder if they think charities would disappear without religion. Would the people who contribute to these religious charities not support them if it wasn’t for their faith?
Maybe I’m an idealist, but I like to think that they’d support secular charities because they’re good people who want to help, even if they suddenly lost their faith in a supernatural God.
Netflix has a new documentary called, God Loves Uganda, that shows how dangerous faith tied to charity can be. The documentary exposes how American Evangelicals have invaded and infected Uganda with Christian based homophobia. It alleges that American Evangelicals have been so successful at it, that they are the primary cause of Uganda’s ‘Kill The Gays’ law.
According to one article:
And as another missionary explains, Uganda is the perfect place: “50 percent of the population is under 15 years old. … What [we] can do is limited, but we can multiply ourselves in these young people.” Add that to the strategy of tying aid and charity work to values exportation in order to ensure a captive audience, and it’s easy to see why many Ugandans so readily accept the evangelical message.
So what has been the cost for this ‘aid’?
Well, that and the fact that Lively and his ilk have done a great job convincing Ugandan parents that homosexuals are out to get their children. This “recruiting” notion is as old as time and should have been discredited by now, but it seems to work particularly well in a culture that has not had much experience with sexual minorities. Of course, the irony is that it’s the radical evangelicals who are doing the recruiting here, literally whispering their lifestyle into the ears of kids—as a poignant scene at the funeral of slain activist David Kato shows, actual LGBTQ people are struggling just to stay alive.
The selling of religion under the guise of charity is an old story, and one that continues on to this day. For some religious organizations, it’s not enough to just help people in need – they must also attempt to indoctrinate their captive audience and sell them iron-age myths. Along with those myths comes their dogma, which clearly doesn’t favor some minority groups such as homosexuals.
The consequences are proving to be disastrous.