First, an introductory video on the attrocities, what's being done, what the plan is, etc.
But as we dig deeper into who Kony is, we usually hear of the LRA, his organization, where the acronym is always used and thus far, media has failed to shed too much light on what LRA stands for. It's really embarassing. Kony takes children, abducts them and turns boys into war criminals and girls into sexual slaves. His only purpose is self preservation and ultimately, he wants to create a sovereign state in central Africa that is governed by the 10 Commandments. He claims to be a prophet who derives his authority from God.
Uganda's piety was widely made visible when, a couple of years back, Uganda tried to pass the 'Kill the Gays Bill'.
Then child sacrifice problems emerged and media again covered it, but with care not to mention the prevalence of Bible-based beliefs among the so-called 'witches' who were making these child sacrifices, who INVARIABLY, ALWAYS cited the Bible to justify their acts: there was frequent mention of Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac when these 'witches' were questioned. We also know that Jethro sacrificed his daughter in the Bible as a way of thanking God for his victory during a terror campaign against another tribe. These so called Ugandan 'witches' were Bible-believing murderers just like Kony.
My goal, having learned of Kony's attrocities, is to make him visible and be in solidarity with the Kony 2012 movement but also to generate awareness of the strain of BIBLE-BASED faith that runs through his crimes and through Uganda's culture of religious savagery and to ensure that the true beliefs of Kony's followers aren't sugar coated by mass media as he gains more visibility.
Please join me in making Kony famous and please do not use the acronym but the full name of his organization: LORD'S RESISTANCE ARMY!!!
Criticism of the non-profit Invisible Children has started to emerge. As for their finances, this is what I read and it does raise red flags for me:
Last year, the organization spent $8,676,614. Only 32% went to direct services (page 6), with much of the rest going to staff salaries, travel and transport, and film production. This is far from ideal for an issue which arguably needs action and aid, not awareness, and Charity Navigator rates their accountability 2/4 stars because they lack an external audit committee.
The last time the Christians sent millions to Africa supposedly for HIV PREVENTION was under the Bush regime, where after Bush made a pledge to send millions in aid to Africa to stop AIDS, a Republican had a law passed that earmarked A FULL THIRD of the funds to go to 'ABSTINENCE ONLY SEX EDUCATION'.
Of course, abstinence only is a code for Christian, it's only Christian schools and organizations that advance an abstinence only agenda, so this was one clever way to send money to Christian missions. These missions specifically advanced the conservative Christian ideology which is profoundly anti-gay in the US, and culminated in Uganda trying to pass the Kill the Gays bill.
Rachel Maddow, supported by research and reporting by others, identified key evangelical and ex-gay ministry leaders associated with the Ugandan Christian movement and also an obscure organization known as 'The Family' who was behind the Kill the Gays Bill. Later TYT reported Is 'The Family' Behind Anti-Gay Bill That Includes Execution?
Bottom line is that there is an infrastructure, a network through which A LOT OF MONEY flows that links the extreme right Christian movement in the US with Ugandan Christianity. This is what concerns me the most. If these groups have tried genocide against gays, then their brand of Christianity is not too different from Kony's.
This should raise questions and incite public discussion about what Christian charities are, and how they operate just as we had questions after 9/11 about Muslim charities and how they operate, what they really are about.