During his address, President Obama stated that it is unconscionable, at home or abroad, to target lesbians and gays for who they are. Moreover, he described the Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill as “odious.” Secretary Clinton stated that she has spoken to President Musseveni of Uganda about the despicable nature of the pending legislation. In addition, she ensured breakfast attendees that her Department will continue to address international human rights violations of lesbians and gays.
We are glad to see that President Obama and Secretary Clinton are calling on communities of faith to unite against intolerance. We look forward to their continued leadership on this issue at home and abroad.
As mentioned in previous posts to this blog, the host of the National Prayer Breakfast, The Family, finances and gives technical support and training to political and faith leaders around the globe with a goal of spreading an anti-LGBT message worldwide. Work of The Family is directly tied to the draconian anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda. In fact, the sponsor of the Ugandan bill, David Bahati, has previously attended the National Prayer Breakfast and was once again invited this year — however, he did not attend.
Following the National Prayer Breakfast, an American Prayer Hour will take place in at least 17 cities across the nation. HRC is proud to be a part of the American Prayer Hour which is an affirmation of inclusive values and a celebration of the diversity that is the bedrock of our nation. Video from Tuesday’s press conference on the American Prayer Hour is in a previous HRC Back Story post and for more information about the American Prayer Hour visit their site atwww.americanprayerhour.org.
Statement released from Harry Knox, director of HRC’s religion and faith program:
Statement from Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church: