IN THE LIFE: Coalitions and Allies on WXXI-TV

Sun, 05/22/2011 - 11:30pm

Pictured: The late David Kato, known as the “father of Uganda’s gay rights movement”

A look back at IN THE LIFE's exposé of homophobic evangelicals in the U.S. who support anti-gay rhetoric and violence in Uganda. 

IN THE LIFE, airing Sunday, June 19 at 11:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011), exposes ties between an elite organization of American conservatives and a proposed anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda that would impose the death penalty on serial offenders of homosexual acts. “They are using Africa for their own political gain. It’s about time the government of Uganda asked these religious groups: Are you here to preach love or to preach hate?” - Frank Mugisha, Sexual Minorities Uganda

After its initial airing, David Kato, known as the “father of Uganda’s gay rights movement,” was beaten to death in his home. In this update, we celebrate Kato’s life and work, and feature the stories of gay Ugandans risking their lives to speak out against persecution.

Rachel Maddow discusses the work of progressive faith leader Rev. Dr. Welton Gaddy, whose inclusivetheology stresses the importance of the separation between religious institutions and the State. “Religion and the State must be separate both for the health of the government and for the health of religion.” - Rachel Maddow, The Rachel Maddow Show