By Melanie Nathan, March 07, 2014.
Mega wealthy Pastor Gary Skinner and his Ugandan Watoto Church, once known as Kampala Pentecostal Church, Uganda’s first and most infamous “mega church,” is a fierce supporter in Uganda of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, recently signed into law. And they are about to tour the U.S.A. again to raise money from unsuspecting U.S. donors, while exploiting young orphans.
“In March 2009, Watoto hosted several of the meetings at which Scott Lively and Don Schmierer appeared. These meetings provided the critical building blocks for Bahati’s “Kill the Gays” legislation, introduced in Parliament later that year. Skinner was included in a task force to educate children on the dangers of homosexuality and an action plan to address homosexuality at the local level. He was also one of many religious leaders to support Lou Engle’s TheCall Uganda in May 2010.” (PoliticalResearch.org)
Skinner, born in Zimbabwe, and a Canadian citizen, raises about $8 million annually from the United States, part of which goes towards their pastor’s anti-gay activities in Uganda.
While the church may have contributed to assist in the the raising AIDS orphans, how does one draw the line when it comes to severe exploitation? Skinner and his church are now raising money on the backs of small orphans, some as young as 5 years of age The children are compelled to work by touring the U.S.A., singing for donations, for up to a grueling 6 months at a time. The children perform at live concerts, to raise the very money used to persecute LGBTI Ugandans.
Apparently the Watoto Ministries of Uganda is planning a visit to Tacoma Washington, with the help of the Lakebay church. The group will be visiting the Tacoma Washington area Church on March 18.
Gary Skinner is listed as one of the wealthiest people in Uganda. In addition, the ministry itself has been accused of fraudulent land dealings in Uganda.
To this day it is apparent that Skinner has refrained from publicly commenting on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, yet the notoriously anti-gay and vulgarly noisy Stephen Langa, is a known and most active member of the church and the dealings of the Church on the issue of homosexuality is quite clear. Langa has been extremely vocal about his support for the Anti-Homosexual law, calling for its enactment even when it was known as the Kill the Gays Bill, and is one who has spoken out for the death penalty. The Church actively tries to “cure” homosexuals through its ex-gay programs.
The Church has continued to play an active role in the anti-gay sentiment of Uganda, leading to the recent signing of the Bill by President Museveni that now mandates 14 years to life in prison, as well as outlawing the so called and nebulously defined “promotion of homosexuality.” Indeed Watoto Church has set the LGBT community as a purposeful target by offering ex-gay and ‘pray the gay away’ repentance programs.
A local member of the Tacoma community is calling for a protest against the visit of the Church:
THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION!
I am reaching out to the surrounding LGBT & Allies community to mobilize in opposition. I am hoping this post can be the initial step in forming a group, brainstorming, organizing, and acting against this event. READ MORE
It is critical that U.S.A. church and concert goers be made aware that when they buy tickets, support or donate to this group, they are promoting homophobia and the further exploitation of these children.
It is my contention that in the wake of the recent events in Uganda, where many in the LGBT community have been forced into hiding due to unwarranted arrests, assaults, heightened persecution, exacerbated by the passage and signing of the AHA, as well as the recent OUTINGS by Red Pepper and Hello tabloids, that the Department of State in the United States must deny Skinner and all members of Watoto Church entry into the United States. Allowing them to raise money in the USA makes the US government complicit in the exploitation of the orphans, as well as in the shakedown of US citizens through this form of money raising, which is being used to further persecute LGBT Ugandans.
COMPLAIN TO STATE DEPARTMENT:
– I am asking readers of this article to write to the State Department to register your complaint against the admission of Watoto Church onto US soil.
COMPLAIN TO LAKEBAY CHURCH:
Lakebay Community Church
11 Cornwall Road KPS
PO Box 130
Lakebay, WA 98349
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Posted on March 17, 2014 at 6:10 PM
Some say the Watoto Children’s Choir, put on by the Watoto Ministries of Uganda, promotes the exploitation of children and funds an anti-gay agenda.
“Not only are they known to be homophobic, they worked actively towards promoting the anti homosexuality bill in Uganda during the time when it was known as the kill the gays bill,” said Melanie Nathan, an international human rights advocate.
“The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act,” known as the “Kill the Gays Bill,” defines some homosexual acts as crimes punishable by life in prison.
Nathan, who practiced law in Africa and has followed the church closely, says church leadership supported the measure. With this tour, Nathan worries unsuspecting donors are being misled.
“We’re not a 100% percent sure where the money goes and I don’t believe the church is transparent with the international audience,” said Nathan. READ MORE