Ryan Lee, Associate Writer: News & Current Events
Social media networks were saturated last week with a short film entitled “Kony2012,” which shone a global spotlight on Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony’s merciless treatment of citizens of the African nation over the past three decades. [See video below article]
The documentary and its massive social media campaign – coordinated by the San Diego-based charity Invisible Children – was intended to offend people’s sense of justice to the point that they would want to intervene in the Ugandan crisis. However, offensive information is arising about the source of Invisible Children’s funding, as its supporters have donated heavily to stop gay marriage in the U.S., and to advocate for the death penalty for homosexuals in Africa.
The U.K.’s Daily Mail identifies Terry and Barbara Caster as chief benefactors of Invisible Children, as is the Georgia-based National Christian Foundation:
The Casters were very prominent in their fight to ban same sex marriage in their home state [California], and their association with the charity has raised questions on the values of both the charity and their donors.
The same questions are raised by the hundreds of thousands of dollars that the National Christian Foundation gave to Invisible Children on a yearly basis.
In addition to giving Invisible Children $350,000 in 2007 and $414,000 in 2008 to the group, the National Christian Foundation also gave money to a number of anti-gay rights groups and proponents.
One such group is Ed Silvoso’s Harvest Evangelism, which works with Ugandan author Julius Oyet who actively promotes the Anti-Homosexuality bill in the African country. The bill criminalizes homosexuality and allows for some cases of ‘aggravated homosexuality’ to be punished by death.
The Kony2012 video has been viewed more than 75 million times, but few of the people who have seen it likely know that the filmmakers, while opposing atrocities in Africa, seem perfectly content accepting money from those who inflict spiritual and psychological warfare on gay folks in America.