David Bahati, the author of Uganda’s so-called “kill the gays” bill, which proposes the death penalty for gay people, has announced that he will attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on February 4. President Obama is also expected to attend the event.
The annual prayer breakfast is organized by the Family, a conservative Christian organization that counts several high-ranking politicians among its members and whose teachings are said to have inspired Bahati’s bill.
Uganda’s Monitor newspaper says that Bahati’s bill has given Uganda its worst publicity in years. In an interview with the paper, Bahati blames Jeff Sharlet, author of the book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, for the negative attention. “Sharlet is a liar and is responsible for generating interesting in this bill abroad. He just wants to sell his book.”
Read the full Monitor story here.