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Uganda's president "dedicates the nation to God" and receives praise from evangelists

Uganda's president "dedicates the nation to God" and receives praise from evangelists

Last month, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni prayed for repentance during the nation's celebration of its 50th anniversary of independence from Britain and dedicated the country to God.

Among other things, the leader publicly asked for divine forgiveness of various sins of the Ugandan people, past and present. The nation's "New Vision" newspaper quoted Museveni's prayer in its entirety, which read in part:

We confess sins of idolatry and witchcraft which are rampant in our land. We confess sins of shedding innocent blood, sins of political hypocrisy, dishonesty, intrigue and betrayal.

Forgive us of sins of pride, tribalism and sectarianism; sins of laziness, indifference and irresponsibility; sins of corruption and bribery that have eroded our national resources; sins of sexual immorality, drunkenness and debauchery; sins of unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred and revenge; sins of injustice, oppression and exploitation; sins of rebellion, insubordination, strife and conflict.

These sins and many others have characterized our past leadership, especially the last 50 years of our history. Lord forgive us and give us a new beginning. Give us a heart to love you, to fear you and to seek you. Take away from us all the above sins.

We pray for national unity. Unite us as Ugandans and eliminate all forms of conflict, sectarianism and tribalism. Help us to see that we are all your children, children of the same Father. Help us to love and respect one another and to appreciate unity in diversity.

We pray for prosperity and transformation. Deliver us from ignorance, poverty and disease. As leaders, give us wisdom to help lead our people into political, social and economic transformation.

We want to dedicate this nation to you so that you will be our God and guide. We want Uganda to be known as a nation that fears God and as a nation whose foundations are firmly rooted in righteousness and justice to fulfill what the Bible says in Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation, whose God is the Lord. A people you have chosen as your own.

Various Christian pastors of the nation lauded the national prayer, according to New Vision.  In the United States, evangelist Scott Lively, who has been sued for crimes against humanity for his alleged role in contributing to the persecution of gays and lesbians in Uganda, told World Net Daily,"The Museveni prayer is a model for all Christian leaders in the world. The leaders of the West have declined in proportion to their degree of rejection of God."   Lively, the founder of Abiding Truth Ministries, is considering a run for governor of Massachusetts.

As a "Christmas gift" to the nation's Christians, the speaker of Uganda's parliament promised that a bill with tough prison sentences for homosexuality will be passed by the end of this year.  Lively told World Net Daily that "he didn’t agree with the death penalty provision (that is not contained in the 2012 bill) but supports the nation’s strong stance against homosexual behavior."

This is not the first time that Uganda has been "dedicated to God." As Talk2Action's Bruce Wilson has repeatedly reported over the years, Uganda has been influenced by an evangelizing effort called the International Transformation Network (ITM).  Back in January 2010, Wilson created a 20-minute mini-documentary on the New Apostolic Reformation's "transformation" of the country (embedded below) and wrote, in part:

The ITN is one of several global efforts, operating under the "transformation" brand, that are re-engineering along theocratic lines cities and even entire nations. For the Transformation movement, which claims homosexuals are possessed by demons and that prayer and faith healing have cured thousands of HIV and AIDS cases in the nation, Uganda is a prototype.

For over a year ITN representatives have been at work to setting up a training network spanning approximately 14,000 evangelical churches in Uganda, and ITN's head Africa representative states, as shown in the video, that the Transformation Network Uganda is "basically an ITN chapter." The International Transformation Network has active efforts underway across Africa but also in the United States, in Newark, New Jersey, Hawaii, Jacksonville, Florida, and elsewhere.

ITN representatives have enjoyed official state dinners hosted by Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni and his wife Janet Museveni, and video propagandists for the movement have enjoyed direct personal access to the Musevenis since the late 1990's.

Wilson's documentary reveals the shocking influence of American evangelists in creating a Christian theocracy in Uganda and how their efforts have influenced the nation's public health, marketplace and government, where tax collections and the military are subjected to Christian extremism.

Transforming Uganda / high resolution from Bruce Wilson on Vimeo.

About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    This could be dangerous. As dangerous as Sharia.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rodney.richardson.378 Rodney Richardson

    There is nothing dangerous about a nation being led by God. Look at the years of not having God. When we speak of Uganda, we have nothing GOOD to say, due to years of abuse and corruption. How can this be anything BUT GREAT

    • http://www.facebook.com/Bruce.E.Wilson Bruce Wilson

      Rodney, Uganda has one of the most horrific human rights records of any nation in Africa. It's anything but a model for "godliness" if that is supposed to be synonymous with moral and ethical government.

    • Deborah_B

      Whose god, Rodney? Do you really believe it's good to have religion mixed up in tax collection and the military, or human rights abuses in the name of combating so-called "witchcraft" and homosexuality?

      • Peter

        Typically, Rodney is silent. Make a stupid comment then walk away.

    • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

      Define God and find out just how many people do not agree with you.

    • Spuddie

      That is, if its your version God of course. Anyone else can be burned at the stake for all you care.

      This is the same government which went to war with Congo just for the express purpose of stealing anything not nailed down. In essence you would rather have violent theocratic kleptocracy instead of just a violent kleptocracy.

    • Peter

      Have you ever ready your bible closely Rodney, especially the OT. Your kind, loving is a psychopath, a serial killer and the first mid-east terrorist. And, now, your gos is at again with the poor, uneducated, unsophisticated Ugandans. I guess your god likes despots.

      • http://twitter.com/3_elaine elaine

        I could not have said it better. I have just posted by comments as follows:-I am so afraid for the future of my grandchildren when murderers are
        tolerated and can get away with murder and be proud of it. Money means
        more than quality of life forothers. Religion must not be allowed to
        rule the world without any condemnation from others who believe in a
        fair and just society for all not just a few.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705066677 Desiree Bell-Fowlks

      Executing and jailing gays is completely disgusting and bigoted. Your god is a hateful deity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Bruce.E.Wilson Bruce Wilson

    Thanks, Deb. I need to do a part 2, even a part three. I've filled in a lot of the pieces of the puzzle since making that.

    • Deborah_B

      We'd love to have you on the show again, Bruce. Your work is so good!

  • Peter

    “Those who can make you believe in absurdities, can make you believe in atrocities.”
    (Voltaire)

  • bca1953

    We are not talking about "religion". We are talking about the GOD of creation, and yes, mixing HIM up in our daily lives with everyone is exactly what we all should be doing. Hurray for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni

    • Spuddie

      Imprisoning and murdering people for a bigoted agenda is not mixing God into your daily life. If you call that religion, its nothing anyone should want a part of it. If you call it Christianity, you have no goddamn clue what the word means. Who would Jesus execute? NOBODY!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705066677 Desiree Bell-Fowlks

      Then you and god are truly evil and bigoted. Your religion is really fucked up.

  • http://twitter.com/3_elaine elaine

    I am so afraid for the future of my grandchildren when murderers are tolerated and can get away with murder and be proud of it. Money means more than quality of life forothers. Religion must not be allowed to rule the world without any condemnation from others who believe in a fair and just society for all not just a few.

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