Profiles on the Right: David Bahati

David Bahati

In 2009, a young Ugandan member of Parliament, David Bahati, collaborated with James Nsaba Buturo, Uganda’s former minister of state for ethics and integrity, in putting forth the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda’s Parliament. Both men are Fellowship members. Bahati organizes Uganda’s National Prayer Breakfast; Buturo once said that “homosexuals can forget about human rights.”

When The Fellowship’s role in creating the bill was exposed, Senators Inhofe and Brownback refused to denounce the legislation, claiming that they didn’t want to “interfere” with Uganda’s internal politics. But other Fellowship members began distancing themselves from the bill, disinviting Bahati from the 2010 National Prayer Breakfast.

Bahati insisted that his bill nonetheless enjoyed private support among U.S. leaders, including those who publicly condemned it. Meanwhile, Bahati’s prominence and position within the Ugandan branch of The Fellowship—and within the nation’s government and ruling party—have risen.

Bahati was named as a coconspirator in a U.S. federal court case—along with Scott Lively, Stephen Langa, Martin Ssempa, and Buturo. The men were charged with violating international law and human rights by calling for the persecution of LGBTI people. (For more information on the trial, see Scott Lively’s profile in the U.S. Christian Right Clergy Section.)

For more details, see American Culture Warriors in Africa: A Guide to the Exporters of Homophobia and Sexism.

Updated 5/8/18.

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