Monday, 11 February 2013

Canada Cuts Evangelical Funding

Julian Fantino
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

We've highlighted several times the Evangelical involvement in supporting discrimination against gay people in Uganda.

Unlike American President Obama, last seen cosying up to the Christian Family, Canada is taking a tougher line:

The Canadian government has stopped funding to Crossroads, an Evangelical charity working in Uganda, for being homophobic.

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation the charity that describes homosexuality as a ‘perversion’ and a ‘sin’ will receive no further funding until officials will investigate the organization...

CIDA has given $544,813 to Crossroads to ‘help dig wells, build latrines and promote hygiene awareness in Uganda’.

Until Tuesday, the organization's website carried a list of ‘sexual sins’ deemed to be ‘perversion’...

We're not entirely sure how such a vehemently anti-gay organisation came to receive funding in the first place. Surely you could get all the same benefits without the hatred by supporting someone like WaterAid?

Still, it's a progressive sign to see that governments are starting to look at what their (and, by proxy, your) money is funding.

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