Today I cancelled my monthly donation to Invisible Children – the charity behind the Kony 2012 campaign – due to concerns over their ties with organisations that are anti-gay, anti-abortion and promoting unsafe sex in Uganda. More specifically, there is growing evidence that Invisible Children have extensive institutional and social ties to the global neo-fundamentalist evangelical network known as The Fellowship (aka “The Family”) and its members such as David Bahati, who have been credited with inspiring and providing “technical support” for Uganda’s internationally-denounced Anti Homosexuality Bill, also dubbed the “kill the gays” bill.
I first read about Invisible Children’s links with The Fellowship in Adam Gabbatt’s article in The Guardian. This references articles by Truth Wins Out’s director Wayne Besen on Invisible Children Promoted By Jason Russell As God’s “Trojan Horse” and by Bruce Wilson on Invisible Children Nonprofit Extensively Tied To “The Family”. A summary of the latter rather lengthy article, with references to Wayne Besen’s find, can be found in Bruce Wilson’s article in The Huffington Post.
Whilst I still have no doubt that Joseph Kony should stand trial at the ICC for the heinous crimes they have indicted him for, I cannot in any way support any organisation that is – or even may be – supporting anti-gay legislation, especially such barbaric laws as those implemented and proposed in African countries like Uganda.
I am disappointed to learn that such a vibrant and effective campaign as Kony 2012 is backed by a charity involved with such insidious organisations. However, I much prefer to admit that I made an error of judgement than continue to aid an organisation that is likely spreading intolerance towards gays.