Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Truth Wins Out Uncovers Fundi Ties To "Invisible Children" Cause

Truth Wins Out

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Contact: Wayne Besen, Executive Director
Phone: 917-691-5118

Invisible Children's Robust Ties to The Family Suggest Invisible Fundamentalist Agenda

Producers of KONY 2012 Are Cozy With Organization Linked to Uganda's Notorious 'Kill the Gays' Bill   

NEW YORK - Truth Wins Out expressed deep concern today that Invisible Children (IC), the non-profit made famous by its recent KONY 2012 video, shares profound ties with The Family (aka The Fellowship), the secretive fundamentalist organization widely believed to be behind Uganda's infamous 'Kill the Gays' bill, which if passed would harshly punish LGBT people for the "crime" of homosexuality.

An exhaustive report released today by researcher Bruce Wilson reveals alarming social and professional associations between the two groups. This includes a network of elite evangelical indoctrination centers in Uganda, which groom Christian youth for future leadership roles in the country. The new report comes at a critical time, one day before Invisible Children releases its much-anticipated video sequel to KONY 2012.

"Invisible Children has portrayed itself as a group of idealists, but new evidence suggests that they may be ideologues who are engaging in stealth evangelism," said Truth Wins Out's Executive Director Wayne Besen. "Their profound ties to a notorious group like The Family raise alarming questions about the group's genuine motives, actual goals, and real intentions."

The Family/Fellowship is a secretive U.S.-based brotherhood of international political and business leaders.  Founded in 1935, its growing political clout was brought to widespread public notice with a 2002 Los Angeles Times report by Lisa Getter, then exposed in subsequent articles and two books by journalist Jeff Sharlet: The Family and C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy.

At least two of Invisible Children's programs have involved collaboration with The Fellowship and its members. By 2007, Invisible Children was described by both Fellowship and Invisible Children staffers as having partially merged its developing school and mentoring programs in Uganda with The Fellowship's Ugandan educational and leadership training system, which works to raise up a cadre of elite Jesus-centered leaders who will transform their nation along "Biblical" lines - with one apparent objective being the categorical elimination of homosexuality.

The stated philosophy of Invisible Children's Ugandan educational programs closely mirrors the stated philosophy behind The Fellowship's Cornerstone Leadership academies. Neither program seeks to maximize educational opportunities for large numbers of Ugandans. Rather, both programs foster small numbers of exceptionally talented students selected from at-risk populations; both programs also state explicitly that their goal is to raise up a generation of Ugandan leaders who will transform their nation.

Toward that end, both programs employ mentors who are paired with individual students and provide a crucial quasi-parental support system. Further, both mentoring programs have been supervised by Ugandan Fellowship member Paul Lukwiya, now Education Director for The Fellowship's Ugandan leadership training schools.

In Spring 2007 - little more than a year and a half after the Invisible Children nonprofit was launched - Paul Lukwiya is reported to have traveled with IC members to the United States, where he spoke before an April 28, 2007 Invisible Children Seattle rally.

"Invisible Children's connection to The Fellowship's network provides an explanation of IC's early access to internationally powerful politicians; less than a year after the nonprofit was launched in 2005, Invisible Children had already gained political backing, from U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) and Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, both important Fellowship members," according to Wilson's research.

Jason Russell and other top Invisible Children leaders also work with Raan and Shea Parton, the co-founders of Apolis Global, a California for-profit boutique-clothing brand. The Apolis Global co-founders are alumni of The Fellowship's National Youth Leadership Forum.

"Given the incestuous ties, it is sometimes difficult to tell where Invisible Children ends and The Family begins," said TWO's Wayne Besen. "What is vexing is that both groups rightfully despise the murderous actions of Joseph Kony, but appear to be comfortably in the pocket of Uganda's oppressive fundamentalist Christian dictator Yoweri Museveni. If these groups truly stand for freedom and liberty, it is difficult to understand their cozy relationship with the Ugandan strong man."

To connect the dots linking The Family and Invisible Children, please read Wilson's report in its entirety.

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Anonymous said...

This blog is chock full of anger, hatred and self-loathing. You cannot offer hope because you have opted for the poison of hell. I urge you to repent of your sinful homosexual "lifestyle" and to return to the Church before it is too late. Read the book of Jude and what it has to say about homosexuality.

Repent and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ. Put away your hate and your pride. And return to Jesus.

John Hosty-Grinnell said...

You've got the wrong blog; if you are interested in denouncing anger, hatred and self-loathing you want to visit ;)

As for reading Jude, there are grounds to respectfully disagree with what is being communicated:

The referral to Sodom raises another issue. Kelly [261] in his commentary on Jude says that the Sodomites were proverbially associated with homosexuality, which would make the Sodom reference alone sufficient to say that homosexuality is in mind. Bauckham disagrees and says that most references to the Sodomites, in the OT, in intertestamental lit, and as well in post-NT Jewish lit, had to do with their poor hospitality, hatred, pride, or general sexual misbehavior -- but only one (associated with Philo) specifically notes homosexuality.

By the way, my IP address tracker is working just great. Came back anytime Paul! ;)

Anonymous said...

Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept safe for Jesus Christ: may mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.

Occasion for Writing. Beloved, although I was making every effort to write to you about our common salvation, I now feel a need to write to encourage you to contend for the faith that was once for all handed down to the holy ones.c For there have been some intruders, who long ago were designated for this condemnation, godless persons, who pervert the grace of our God into licentiousness and who deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

The False Teachers. I wish to remind you, although you know all things, that [the] Lord who once saved a people from the land of Egypt later destroyed those who did not believe.* The angels too, who did not keep to their own domain but deserted their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains, in gloom, for the judgment of the great day. Likewise, Sodom, Gomorrah, and the surrounding towns, which, in the same manner as they, indulged in sexual promiscuity and practiced unnatural vice, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

8Similarly, these dreamers nevertheless also defile the flesh, scorn lordship, and revile glorious beings. Yet the archangel Michael, when he argued with the devil in a dispute over the body of Moses, did not venture to pronounce a reviling judgment* upon him but said, “May the Lord rebuke you!” But these people revile what they do not understand and are destroyed by what they know by nature like irrational animals. Woe to them! They followed the way of Cain, abandoned themselves to Balaam’s error for the sake of gain, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.* These are blemishes on your love feasts, as they carouse fearlessly and look after themselves. They are waterless clouds blown about by winds, fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead and uprooted. They are like wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shameless deeds, wandering stars for whom the gloom of darkness has been reserved forever.