Sunday, February 10, 2013

Anti-Gay Group Receives Canadian Funding To Work In Uganda

February 10, 2013: An evangelical organization that describes homosexuality as a "perversion" and a "sin" is receiving funding from the Government of Canada for its work in Uganda, where gays and lesbians face severe threats. The federal government has denounced virulent homophobia in that East African country and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has condemned plans for an anti-gay bill that could potentially include the death penalty for homosexuals. Nevertheless, the federal government is providing $544,813 in funding for Crossroads Christian Communications—an Ontario-based evangelical group that produces television programming—to help dig wells, build latrines and promote hygiene awareness in Uganda through 2014. Until Tuesday, the organization's website carried a list of "sexual sins" deemed to be "perversion." Just hours after The Canadian Press contacted the group to ask a spokesperson about the site, the page in question disappeared from public view. The organization is being funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. Just a few days ago the Quebec government announced its desire to create its own parallel agency because it no longer supported CIDA's policy choices. Read the full story on CBC News here.
[PHOTO: The minister responsible for the Canadian International Development Agency, Julian Fantino. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)]

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