This Uganda thing is getting scary. Like wake up in night sweats, fearful for your life scary.
Bob Emrich was one of the most major forces behind the "yes on 1" campaign in Maine.
Bob Emrich, in an emailed message to supporters, is now lending credence to (/physically supporting?) the Uganda "kill gays" bill:
------ Forwarded Message
From: Bob Emrich <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2009 11:03:09 -0500
Subject: from Uganda to Maine
Maine Jeremiah Project
P.O. Box 62, Plymouth, Maine, firstname.lastname@example.org
I have just recently returned from two weeks in Uganda, ministering the Word among village pastors and Churches. It was a refreshing change of pace from the last year spent on the “marriage referendum”. My trip to Uganda took me away from email, cell phones and the internet (also from electricity, running water, etc.). But I was able to see the Spirit of God working apart from the many distractions that we are faced with every day in Maine. I visited almost 20 remote villages and spent time with the believers. One of the common sentiments expressed there was that “in order to have a healthy village, there must be a strong and healthy church”. That is one of the important lessons we have been learning here as well. We will have more to say about that later. But as I work my way back into ministry here at Emmanuel Bible Baptist Church (Plymouth) and with the Maine Jeremiah Project, I wanted to share the following article I found in Uganda’s largest daily newspaper. I had tucked it into my journal and found it yesterday as I reviewed some of my scribbling. I think it speaks for itself, but I hope you will wonder, as I do, where our own culture lost its way.
Maine Jeremiah Project
Not every human right is right
Thursday, 26th November, 2009
One Sunday morning, I was going to church when I met a lady who was so skimply dressed, one would think she was a sex worker. I initiated a conversation with her, only to find out, she was going to church.
I sarcastically told her she was smart and God would hear her prayers, but not those of the people who were going to sit near her. To my surprise, the lady responded with a verbal tirade: “It is my right to dress the way I want. Who made you judge over those whose prayers God answers?” she shouted.
This whole concept of human rights grates my nerves. It has made people un-african, mean and self-centered.
One can now shamelessly stand up and tell you: “I do as I please. You have no business in my affairs.” A sodomist can now swear to you that what they do in the privacy of their bedroom does not concern the public.
No wonder when a brilliant MP comes up with a Bill against homosexuality, the human rights activists baptize him an enemy of the people.
It is high time politicians, religious leaders, cultural leaders and all concerned Africans woke up and defended the African heritage against the moral confusion of Western civilization. This civilization is eroding African moral pride.
The so-called human rights activists have hijacked the driver’s seat and are sending nations into the sea of permissiveness in which the Western world has already drowned.
Every evil that has penetrated our society comes disguised as a human right and is watered by a group of elites who have attained education in the West. These elites have come back to impose on us practices that our forefathers deemed abominable.
You find them holding conferences in five-star hotels and lecture rooms delivering speeches aimed at breaking marriages in the name of human rights activism.
These activists force their unsuspecting disciples into believing that everything the West does is right. That is why they always refer to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
When the world gets compressed into a small global village in the name of globalization, it does not mean that the African should throw away what belongs to him.
Not every human right is a right, and not every right is a human right. As Africans, we should defend our heritage even when human rights activists are misleading our society.
"a brilliant MP comes up with a Bill against homosexuality." The bill in question is of course the "kill gays" bill, which, at the time that this article was written, was in its fully heinous form that called for the death penalty and life imprisonment.
That's the kind of writing that Mr. Emrich sends around to "good, Christian" Mainers?!?! Gee. Guess we should be glad that it's only our ring fingers that he and his fellows chose to target!
**UPDATE: We requested comment from Bob Emrich. He denied our request.
**UPDATE2: We can give credit where it's due:
It's so insanely surreal to hear a potential genocide being rationalized in any way, shape, or form.
**UPDATE, 12/11: Oh, It just got so much better!!!!!
What I find particularly amazing about this is that this issue is getting heat in the mainstream (ie it's not just a couple blogs and Rachel Maddow), but Bob Emrich decides to send this mass e-mail anyway.
At least the Family members are smart enough to stay silent / gently disavow. Mr. Emrich has some nerve.
Posted by: DN | Dec 10, 2009 10:08:09 AM
Interestingly, he's always been really chatty with me in the past. But when I asked for comment, I got a one word response. When I responded, I got a *one letter* response back.
Posted by: G-A-Y | Dec 10, 2009 10:15:09 AM
One letter response.... There are a limited number of words that are one letter long and it wouldn't make sense to respond with "a" or "I"....
Mr. Emrich doesn't seem hip enough to do this, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess his one-letter response was "k".
Posted by: DN | Dec 10, 2009 11:06:09 AM
What I don't understand is how Exodus, Emrich, Lively et. al haven't been branded terrorists after doing this. They're instigating a situation in a politically volatile country that could result in a number of innocent deaths and the repression of all HIV testing and treatment options.
How is this not terrorism?!
Posted by: Marcus | Dec 10, 2009 11:31:15 AM
Bob doesn't seem bothered by the fact he is complicit in propagating physical harm (even death) against gay Ugandans. Bob and his ilk are responsible for what is happening in Uganda, and I think they would be thrilled to see similar legislation enacted here in the United States. Some of the folks who recently signed the Manhattan Declaration are now calling for Uganda to relax its stance on teh gays. They're trying to put out a fire they intentionally started, but only because they're getting burned by the media attention. Had Rachael Maddow not made this into the shit storm its become, a lot of these Christian moralists would be quietly pleased to watch gay Ugandans jailed or killed.
Posted by: Mark | Dec 10, 2009 11:33:04 AM
And not to minimize the fact that jailing / executing gays is totally off-the-wall insane, but the revised legislation seems to still have the "if you see something gay (even in your own family) and don't report it, you go to jail for three years."
Calling something Orwellian is a tired cliche, but that's exactly what this is.
Posted by: DN | Dec 10, 2009 11:43:34 AM
Marcus wrote: "What I don't understand is how Exodus, Emrich, Lively et. al haven't been branded terrorists after doing this. They're instigating a situation in a politically volatile country that could result in a number of innocent deaths and the repression of all HIV testing and treatment options. How is this not terrorism?!"
How indeed? This is horrifying and in my opinion it is nothing short of terrorism. I read those letters and felt like locking my door, pushing a chair under the doorknob, and showering to scrub off the crazy and evil. They are as creepy as anything said by Ted Bundy or Charles Manson. And these peoples' words may kill more people than either of those mens' actions did.
Posted by: Kylyssa Shay | Dec 10, 2009 1:33:22 PM
Local and national media should be all over this story- can you imagine the outcry were the slaughter of Christians being casually discussed/ advocated?
Posted by: Louise | Dec 10, 2009 3:39:17 PM
Yes, Louise -- it's truly startling. Both the silence and the "ho hum" tone that is being used by the ones who do say something.
Posted by: G-A-Y | Dec 10, 2009 3:45:22 PM
Why do you think these perverts are called the American Taliban? These perverts are drooling at the chance to turn the USA into the UCSA (United *Christian* States of America)?
Posted by: Marlene | Dec 10, 2009 4:22:11 PM
I sent him a not so carefully worded F bomb letter today voicing my opinion of his hateful rhetoric and christianist psychological abuse and laid the blame for the Uganda bill directly on his shoulders and told him he had blood on his hands for exporting hate.
Posted by: Mykelb | Dec 10, 2009 4:36:51 PM
How much will you bet that Emrich and Warren are both members of "The Family" cult? And you notice how Warrem puts this out on a web video, knowing (as Emrich mentioned in his missive) that they scarcely have electricity (or toilets), let alone internet access. Warren put this drivel up for consumption by an American audience, to act as if he is being proactive, but the nature of his actions belie his true intent.
Posted by: Dick Mills | Dec 10, 2009 4:52:58 PM
Can't wait to hear what Rachel will say about this tonight. Remember folks we must put pressure on the FAMILY and their 'Annual National Prayer Breakfast' which will be held to promote this very idea, and President Obama is said to be going, although the Pres of Uganda may be 'uninvited.'
Come on WASH folks we need this BLASTED and some kind of demonstration held.
Posted by: LOrion | Dec 10, 2009 8:16:06 PM
I'm in the process of emailing back and forth with him, I'll let you all know what the upshot is when I hear back from him on my reply to his last email.
Posted by: Ryn | Dec 11, 2009 2:57:37 AM
The response given to him by that woman was the correct one. I almost wonder if he thought, "How dare this African woman talk to me, a white American like that." We should encourage people to continue to attend church if our goald is save souls, rather than to judge them.
I have a feeling Jesus would have told him the same thing.
The Bible says:
"For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
Posted by: Alfonzo | Dec 11, 2009 3:03:11 PM
So .... what will happen when these Christianists start going after the Jewish people? And some other group they despise.
Posted by: Sam | Dec 11, 2009 6:29:40 PM
How can you not bristle with shock when someone writes "the whole concept of human rights grates on my nerves." Wow. Really? Humans having rights bothers you? What is the antithesis of human rights? Slavery? Tyrany? The reality that someone actually wrote that sentence seriously is so ludicrious and disgusting ESPECIALLY when you are dragging the Christian religion into this perversion, it's stunning.
People like Bob Emrich seem to know NOTHING about Jesus Christ. He's a bilious charleton who seems to have never read the Gospels chronicalling the life of the very person the religion is named after. Call him a Leviticite, call him a Paulite, but do not refer to this freak as a Christian.
Human rights is what Jesus Christ stood for.
It's so pathetic that these perverts use religion as their cloak. And they base their entire thought process and decision making on ancient Hebrew/Aramaic texts that were written when people thought the earth was flat and the sun went around the earth. They haven't even evolved enough to use the Gospels -- the life and teachings of Jesus Christ -- as the basis for their faith.
It's stunning how inferior these people are in thought and in understanding, especially about Jesus Christ. But they aren't really interested in Him or His teachings. They are interested in having a minority to abuse, not unlike Hilter devoured the Jews.
Smart people do not listen to these people. Intelligent people are appalled by their ignorance and greasy horribleness. They prey on the ignorant and the haters. These are the so-called Christians who follow these kinds of people.
If there is a hell, there is a special place there for these preachers. Their day is coming...and of course they have to live daily with all the dark scum that is their hearts. That has to be hard.
Posted by: Bart | Dec 11, 2009 9:19:32 PM
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Posted by: John Fisher | Dec 14, 2009 12:17:53 AM
When are Christians, and for that matter memkbers of any religion, wake up and realize that regardless of the issue, a pastor who advocates and/or supports "killing" is un-Christian or un-religious. Their followers should be appalled and leave his or her flock. For that matter, they perhaps should call for his or her killing as an appropriate and sanctioned method of dealing for those with whom we disagree. After all, would a representative of God lead us astray?
Posted by: Bob | Dec 14, 2009 7:54:06 AM
Mr. Emrich is not a christian. Talk is cheap. Jesus said that he who hears his words and DO them is a disciple, indeed.
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