A story by Alternet’s Bruce Wilson revealed that the group’s co-founder, Jason Russell, gave a speech last November at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University likening his organization to the school’s evangelical Christian students (emphasis his):
A lot of people fear Christians, they fear Liberty University, they fear Invisible Children – because they feel like we have an agenda. They see us and they go, “You want me to sign up for something, you want my money. You want, you want me to believe in your God.” And it freaks them out.
Some of the people who appear in the group’s “Stop Kony” video campaign against Kony also share evangelical ties. Among the celebrity allies listed are NFL quarterback and anti-abortion spokesman Tim Tebow as well as megachurch pastor Rick Warren.
Inhofe, who has gained the most notoriety for his attempts to refute scientific evidence of global warming, has also proposed the United States use the Bible as the framework for policy involving Israel; he has also blamed the 9/11 attacks on a lack of support for Israel.
For his part, Brownback has has introduced legislation requiring companies to disclose their use of conflict materials taken from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has also been praised as a “Champion of Darfur”by the Genocide Intervention Network for his efforts to resolve tensions in that region.
However, Brownback’s record when it comes to certain U.S. citizens have been decidedly less generous: he has actively opposed abortion rights and LGBT rights while supporting the teaching of intelligent design in public schools.
Brownback and Inhofe are also allegedly members of an evangelical group credited with fueling anti-gay legislation in Uganda. According to a book by journalist Jeff Sharlet, the two men are part of The Family, which has been linked with support for a proposed Ugandan bill making homosexuality punishable by death. Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, who has previously said gay relationships were against God’s will, is reportedly considering the implications of passing the law.
David Bagati, a member of the Ugandan Parliament, told The New York Times that conversations with members of The Family, also known as The Fellowship, provided the impetus for him to submit the bill…
—Arturo García sums up how deep the Stop Kony campaign is in the pockets of the Religious (and Political) Right on the R today.