British Documentary: World Congress Of Families And NOM Are Fomenting Anti-Gay Violence Across Africa

Last night Britain’s Channel 4 aired Hunted: Gay And Afraid, which points to US-based Christian groups such as the World Congress Of Families and NOM as fomenting anti-LGBT violence across Africa. The Independent reviews:

MacKean’s film focused not on the victims but on the “villains”, specifically the World Congress of Families, an organisation which, though based in the US, has tentacles stretching into Europe, Africa and beyond. View footage of any high-level meeting to draft draconian, homophobic legislation, anywhere in the world, and it seems you’ll find a WCF member or affiliate lurking in the corner of the frame. Figures such as the WCF managing director, Pastor Larry Jacobs, and Brian Brown, president of the National Organisation for Marriage, were tracked down by MacKean and confronted with the accusation that the effect of their lobbying can be to legitimise violence. This isn’t news to viewers of the above-mentioned documentaries. It was striking to note how the same lobbying tactics have been replicated from country to country: First, select a biddable local politician as a frontman, then falsely conflate homosexuality with child abuse, spuriously blame gay people for public health issues and repeat as necessary.

Earlier this week the World Congress of Families issued a press release denouncing the show:

The documentary-produced by the British TV current affairs documentary series, “Dispatches” -claims to “expose the backlash against gay rights and to shed light on WCF.” From its early promotional material, it appears that the documentary is filled with misinformation, intentional or otherwise, thus failing to acknowledge that WCF is not a lobbying group and has never advocated for laws that would harm, harass, or disparage those choosing an LGBT lifestyle. WCF does, however, support policies and legislation that strengthen the welfare of the natural family and protects human rights for all consistent with The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 
“Reputable journalists and documentarians strive to present the truth. We ask that the producers of this documentary get correct information and not tarnish their reputation by airing falsehoods about our organization for the sole purpose of promoting a particular agenda,” said Janice Shaw Crouse, a member of the Board of Directors of WCF and Executive Director of the World Congress on Families IX. “At the very least, they should seek comment or reaction from official representatives of WCF about the information they have collected.”

The press release goes on to blame the SPLC and the HRC for promulgating “negative and unwarranted attacks” against them. The WCF has also issued a lengthy “Call For Civil Dialogue” which purports to contradict the charges against them. See that message, but read it carefully and you’ll see that the WCF basically admits most of the claims made by the SPLC and HRC.

VIDEO: The full Channel 4 documentary has been posted online, but I’m unable to make to video player work at this writing.

RELATED: Last September Brian Brown and representatives from the World Congress of Families attended a Kremlin summit which concluded with a formal written call for more nations to enact brutal anti-LGBT laws.

  • KnownDonorDad

    These are some of the most evil people on the planet. Even the KKK has become a joke by comparison – witness how easily a tuba player trolled their march in South Carolina.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs4P1kKK-5

  • AtticusP

    If there really IS a god, Brianna Brown and the rest of his fellow haters will have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do.

    • oikos
      • AtticusP

        LOVE that!!

        Thanks for sharing, oikos!!!

      • BudClark

        Nice butts!

    • Blake Jordan

      I personally believe that Brian Brown, et. al. are secret atheists, because they must know they would be destined for hell (if it existed) since they profit from the suffering of others!!!

    • gaymex

      If their god existed, he/she would strike them all dead in their tracks for their lack of human compassion and decency.

      • Christopher

        And that statement right there is how I know for certain that there is no god.

        You are absolutely correct.

        • gaymex

          The nonexistence of god should be self-evident by simple observation.

    • BudClark

      ‘Splainin’, hell! Throw them under the jail, lose the keys, and forget about them. They are TRAITORS and SEDITIONISTS. Logan Act, anyone?

      • McSwagg

        Just lock him up in the Waller County (Texas) jail for 3 days with a $5000 bail for failing to signal a lane change. Make sure he has access to a large plastic trash bag.

  • LovesIrony

    815-964-5819 world congress of families a hate group.

    • People4Humanity

      Β°ThisΒ° asshole, again!

  • PTBoat

    “…WCF does, however, support policies and legislation…” I believe that this is the definition of what it is to lobby.

    • Yep .. it’s the same old “We don’t hate qweers, we merely want to exterminate them.” – Truechristian Love.

  • Brian in Valdosta

    Humanity is moving forward toward a future in which not only equality but dignity is the goal of all societies. The first steps to achieving that goal have been taken, I think. But we have many more to go. And one of the most important first steps is exposing these kinds of groups as the poison that they are. Their only contribution to the world is noxious hate.

    • Herald

      Good to see more light shining in on them. The more they are revealed for what they are the better.

  • oikos

    Tentacles accurately describes their evil reach except Octopi are more intelligent than these scum.

    • Bad Tom

      Octopi are also nicer.

      • BudClark

        They’re fascinating sweethearts by comparison.

      • Octavio

        It’s true. Octopi have souls.

        • Bad Tom

          And a sense of humor.

          • Octavio

            And they are very good at multi-tasking. πŸ™‚

  • gaymex

    Maybe it’s time for Christian organizations to prove they have only good will toward their fellow man before they are allowed to receive any tax exemptions or even to exist. ISIS for Christ. Quite frankly, I think it’s time to close them all down.

    • oikos

      Close them down and require mandatory pysch exams for all of the followers.

      • gaymex

        I truly and sincerely think they are a threat to all of humanity.

      • bkmn

        Before they can vote.

    • JT

      Talk about bait and switch. They claim it’s a religion of love and yet all they do is preach hate.

    • Ray in MA

      Something odd is going on here…can’t access this from anywhere …. conspiracy theory???

    • JCF

      Christianists.

  • JT

    Like the Nazis, these monsters employ storm trooper tactics and “big lie” propaganda to manipulate the prejudiced and ignorant.

  • BearEyes

    WCF and NOM are certainly hate groups, but given their actions, at what point do we start to consider them as terrorist organisations?

    • gaymex

      I think it’s long past time.

    • Blake Jordan

      When they move their hate agendas beyond LGBTs, otherwise not enough people will care about their terrorist action.

    • Bad Tom

      When they do anything beyond talk.

  • StraightGrandmother

    I am able to watch the video, so perhaps try it again. I only watched the first 15 seconds to make sure it works, and came back here to post a quick comment. I’m using a Firefox browser on a Mac.

    Oh Boy I can’t wait to watch this! I’ll come back & post after I watch it

    • ChrisMorley

      If a site is geo-blocked, try adding Hola unblocker to your web browser. It will make Channel4 On-demand think you are viewing this from the UK. https://hola.org/

      • StraightGrandmother

        True, I use a proxy server to hide my location, I change it to locations all over the world, LOLZ!

        • Christopher

          Hola, proxy server…oh, you kids today with your smarty pants, fancy technical language. πŸ˜‰

          • Octavio

            Proxy servers are cool. πŸ™‚

          • GreatLakeSailor

            I thought a proxy server was when at a restaurant someone different from who took your order, brings out the food.

          • Octavio

            Ouch!

          • Christopher

            So are bowties and Fez hats! πŸ˜‰

    • JoeMyGod

      I’ve tried the player on Firefox, IE, and Chrome. No dice. Won’t work on my phone either.

      • Polterguest

        You can’t watch Channel 4 in the U.S. unless you have a VPN to make it think you are located in the UK. I use Private Internet Access which works fantastically.

        • Corey

          I second that. I was going to post the exact same thing.

      • StraightGrandmother

        okay, at the documentary page

        http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/on-demand/59665-005

        Click Accept & Play then wait quite a long time, it wants you to log in.
        I logged in with Twitter
        Then it makes you fill in a new user form which includes your e-mail address.

        Fill in the new user form and using the same webpage (it has you logged in under twitter so use that same page) attempt to watch it again,
        I got another box that said something about confirm your e-mail address, even though I never even got an welcome new user e-mail after registering, at this box I simply checked that I did (or maybe I pushed a button) but I said I had confirmed my e-mail address when I really didn’t. It let me watch the video.

        • Mercy

          Thanks @StraightGrandmother:disqus. This is what we call in IT usability and design a royal clusterfuck.

  • Duh-David

    Time to make-up the sofa and get Rosetta Stone and an international ombudsman to help all the refugees coming our way. If we pack-in I can take eight, but we’ll have to set up a bathroom schedule.

  • Prion

    Any person of any religion who believes his “invisible friend” is telling him to harm others should be diagnosed as mentally diseased and treated accordingly, up to and including forced incarceration in a mental asylum.

    • canoebum

      It’s a public safety issue. Some of these people represent a clear and present danger to themselves and others, especially others.

  • bkmn

    They sound like the RCC whining about having their pedophile protection racquet exposed.

    • BudClark

      Uh, that would be “racket.” I’d LIKE to take a tennis racquet to their worthless asses.

      • bkmn

        Spell check does not kick in until after 8 a.m. in my house.

        • Hmm, after looking at both racket and racquet they both sort of fit.

          For your use of the word racquet: Every single time a priest rapes a kid, they “bat” him to a new parish. They “deflect” the questions raised about this practice, and “lob” new slurs about LGBT folks in defense. “Serve” up excuses as to how such a thing happened.

          Yup, both work well.

      • BudClark

        Butt-waffles for DAYS!

  • Mister Don

    Never mind this SPLC hate group designation, NOM now qualifies as a terrorist organization.

    • People4Humanity

      NOM now qualifies as an international terrorist organization.

      • William

        Time to call in a drone strike.

        • JCF

          Well, at least glitter bombs!

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    It’s absolutely disgusting that these assholes prey on the fears of the uneducated and the ignorant to make a buck. I hope their hell exists because if it does they all have a first class ticket there.

    • Christopher

      Well, there is this…

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        LOL, using classic rock to make a great statement. I love it!

  • Mike Solo

    And to think I was watching the original Queer as Folk instead of this….

    • BudClark

      I’m sure it was more erectifying.

  • Christopher

    “Believe what I tell you, or I’ll kill you!”

  • BudClark

    Here’s a rare instance where Bill Perdue and I probably agree:

    American, British and European colonial imperialism created the chaotic situation in present-day Africa, and not just regarding LGBTQAI rights.

    Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant missionaries brought their extreme form of racism and homophobia to Africa, and destroyed their indigenous forms of government. Pre-colonial Africa had its brutal, savage side, just as the First Nations did in the Americas, BUT, they were strong, viable, functioning societies in their own right.

    I don’t have any romantic illusions about “The Noble Savage” (c.f. “Shaka Zulu” for an example), but we destroyed FAR more than we built in Africa. And the brutal dictators of post-colonial Africa are rushing headlong to complete that destruction.

    Our President Obama is a very brave man to confront them.

    [Edit: “and destroyed their indigenous forms of government.”]

    • Robert W. Pierce

      Not to mention Islam has had a major influence in some African countries too in spreading homophobia throughout the continent. Former French Islamic colonies, i.e. Algeria, Morocco, Tunis, Senegal, Niger and others have harsh punishment for gay activity even though it’s not illegal to be gay in some of them.

  • Steverino

    “…or disparaging those choosing an LGBT lifestyle.”

    With that sentence fragment, they just did.

    And regarding all these evil, grifting meddlers fomenting international terrorism, just replace every “family” or “families” with “fag-hating” or “fag-haters” in the name of the group, and that explains exactly what they are all about.

  • Octavio

    This shit makes me so angry I can’t think rationally. Why can’t whackos who do mass shootings (as in yesterday’s tragedy in Louisiana) shoot up the board of directors of the World Congress of Families at one of their meetings and thus do some good when they go violently bonkers?

    • gaymex

      I, too, can barely contain my anger.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      They’re meeting in Philly in September. Just sayin’.

      • McSwagg

        What a coincidence that the new, extra nice Pope Francis is visiting Philadelphia at the same time. Do you think he just might stop in to say ‘hola’?

  • BudClark

    “The WCF has also issued a lengthy ‘Call For Civil Dialogue’ which purports to contradict the charges against them.”

    How do we have a “civil dialogue” with people who call for our MURDER from the PULPIT with Bible in hand?

    My stomach ulcer does NOT like these people. I should send THEM my medical bills (chuckle).

  • Cosmo Tupper

    US-based Christian groups such as the World Congress Of Families and NOM (and the judgmental within the church, in general) are fomenting anti-LGBT violence across America, TOO! But for what is said in the world’s fantasy scriptures, there is absolutely no other source of incitement for violence against our community or anyone that supports our community.

  • Larry Ft Pierce

    after all, Africa’s biggest problem is us gay people. Forget building the power grid, sewage systems, clean running water, hospitals…….. just get rid of the naughty gays.

    • Access to medical care
      Allowing girls to attend school
      Fighting the extreme misogynistic society

      Look at all the issues we came up with, and not a single one could be blamed on LGBT folks.

  • Ninja0980

    The wailing, teeth mashing and money begs from NOM and others has made it easy to forget a chilling fact.
    These people do in fact hate us and want us jailed or killed.
    That is something John Eastman or Brian Brown need to be asked the next time they are on tv, not about whether there should be judicial elections or not.

  • wmforr

    “WCF is not a lobbying group and has never advocated for laws that would harm, harass, or disparage those choosing an LGBT lifestyle. WCF does, however, support policies and legislation that strengthen the welfare of the natural family… by beating the shit out of all the queers.

    There. Fixed it.

  • Regan DuCasse

    The anti gay are so morally and INTELLECTUALLY corrupted, they poison everything they touch.
    I can’t stand their dismissal of the conflict between them their influence on gay lives as a “disagreement”.
    That’s like calling the Holocaust a disagreement between the Jews and everyone else where they lived.
    Gay people are a global and universal part of ALL human life. Christians, nor any other faith community are NOT.
    Gay people didn’t just show up to offend faith communities or anyone else, and it’s not even natural to be so hostile and distrustful of gay people.
    You have to be TRAINED to be.
    Just as so many people were TRAINED to turn on their Jewish neighbors.
    There isn’t disagreement from gay people against anyone else.
    This is life or death for gay people. I understand ALL of this, and I’m not even gay. So I’m no authority on BEING gay.
    But I know when a doctrine is unjust, harmful and has done NO social good.
    The morality of this or who is right, isn’t hard to answer.
    If all the gay people disappeared today, what of the world’s troubles would remain?
    Since the answer is ALL of them, gay people are NOT the problem!
    I figured this out when I was TEN YEARS OLD.
    So seeing grown assed people dick around about it, is a damn big puzzlement.

    • David L. Caster

      Making sense of this in at least one respect is actually not terribly hard: a small group of people are making a living keeping anti-gay sentiments alive.

      As long as there is money to make in the Antigay Industry, there will be agitators out to collect it. There is only one way to defeat those that feed the business of hatred and that is to systematically deprive them of a donor base. Nature, assisted by the passage of time, is helping with that process, but the rest is up to us and our allies to educate and inform those that hold fast to the incorrect traditions and ignorant prejudices of the past.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    WCoF are the corporate sponsors for the Philadelphia stop on the Pope’s upcoming tour. Their annual meeting coincides with his visit. Of course, they’re already crying poor over fundraising shortfalls, and they had earlier pledged to cover the city’s special expenses for these events.

  • Eric in Oakland

    “WCF …has never advocated for laws that would harm, harass, or disparage those choosing an LGBT lifestyle …does, however, support policies and legislation that strengthen the welfare of the natural family…”

    And what are those policies and legislation that supposedly “strengthen the welfare of the natural family”? So-called anti propaganda laws that make it illegal to advocate for gay rights, bans on any legal recognition for gay families, and criminalisation of being gay or even renting to gay people. How exactly do any of these things help to “strengthen” a single family or help a single person? They clearly serve only to “harm, harass, or disparage” gay people, and nothing more.

  • Isn’t there a some legal recourse to compel them to stop them from spreading their hate across the world?

  • StraightGrandmother

    I watched the video, she did a pretty good job nailing Larry Jacobs at World Congress of Families (WCF). She showed how after the no gay propaganda bill was passed gay people are being hunted, & you support that law. He says he has never seen evidence of a connection.

    They interviewed a local Slovakian Lawyer that Alliance Defending Freedom hired to push through a referendum to ban gay marriage in the constitution (the referendum failed as it only got 20% turn out), so they covered Alliance Defending freedom.

    Then they covered Scott Lively & his hate work in Uganda, even interviewed him. He got nervous during the interview & had to get up and get a glass of water.

    Bran Brown was covered and videos of him testifying in Russia were showed. Brian Brown would not go on camera but they read a statement he gave, which was frankly nothing new.

    It was a pretty good documentary and so glad that this was made. It shows without a doubt that World Congress of Families is the literal Hub where all organized anti gay hatred connects to. It was a well made documentary. However I didn’t see any new clips that I have not seen before other than of course the direct one on one interviews with Larry Page (WCF) and Scott Lively, that was new.

  • mlawrence

    WCF is planning their congress in Salt Lake City in October. http://restoreourhumanity.org/# is preparing a response . We have formed The All Family’s coalition to give a voice to the families that are being marginalized by these people. http://www.allfamilies.org/ Restore Our Humanity will be launching a new website within the next few weeks that is the result of months of research and documentation on the WCF. Our public education campaign kicks into high gear next month. I have meet with the WCF people and the Sutherland Institute who are their sponsors and I am convinced these people are evil. More to follow.