Via reader Jeffrey P, seems the Government of Canada has provided over five hundred thousand dollars to a rabidly anti-gay religious group, Crossroads Christian Communications, to “help dig wells, build latrines and promote hygiene awareness in Uganda through 2014.” Given John Baird’s spoken out against the plans for a death penalty for homosexuality in that country, this seems like a rather underhanded way to promote that same agenda without taking flak for it.
Until Tuesday, the organization’s website carried a list of “sexual sins” deemed to be “perversion”: “Turning from the true and/or proper purpose of sexual intercourse; misusing or abusing it, such as in pedophilia, homosexuality and lesbianism, sadism, masochism, transvestism, and bestiality.”
Lower down the page, the group asks sinners to “repent.”
“God cares too much for you (and all of His children) to leave such tampering and spiritual abuse unpunished,” according to the group’s website.
Just hours after The Canadian Press contacted the group to ask a spokesperson about the site, the page in question disappeared from public view.
Crossroads defends its position on homosexuality as grounded in scripture.
“Crossroads’ views on sexuality are informed by our Christian faith and values,” spokeswoman Carolyn Innis told The Canadian Press in an email.
She said the projects funded by CIDA do not include evangelical work and are focused on specific objectives.
Because the people going over there as “missionaries”, with their anti-gay rhetoric filling their heads, are certainly not going to socialize in their off time between digging wells or anything. Certainly they would never, you know, discuss their interpretation of scripture with other local Christians.
On the group’s website, under the section “Who We Are,” the group describes its mission the following way — “Our motivation: To communicate a visible expression of God’s love, and contribute to the transformation of lives around the world.”
And by “communicate” they obviously don’t mean actually conveying information to these people “around the world” or anything. Nope. All above board here. Never mind the ridiculous cultural assimilation that is religious missionary work. Never mind the imperialism that represents. It’s aaaaaall good.
Steve Foster, president of the Quebec LGBT Council, said the federal government should stop funding groups like Crossroads.
“It’s unacceptable that the government would accept that kind of organization as an international-co-operation organization,” Foster said.
“Taxpayers’ money should not be used to finance religious groups working abroad, who furthermore contribute to the creation of discriminatory — even inhumane and dangerous — policy.”
Foster calls it a “dangerous” shift from the government toward using religious groups to perform international development work.
Yes, it absolutely is. And that shift is entirely correlated with the current government’s rise to power. Is anyone surprised here?