From AmericaBlog, investigation of how taxpayers subsidize an activity that looks suspiciously like evangelism in Uganda…
There was an article published in 2008, in the Daily Oklahoman, that detailed Inhofe’s more than twenty trips to Uganda. Senator Inhofe described his influence there as “A Jesus Thing.”
WASHINGTON — In the past decade, Sen. Jim Inhofe of Tulsa has made at least 20 trips to Africa as part of a mission that he frequently describes in religious terms.
Inhofe’s African trips have cost taxpayers more than $187,000 since 1999, according to a review of expenses Inhofe and staff members have submitted through the Armed Services Committee.
Some of the trips have been taken on military planes that cost thousands of dollars an hour to operate. The military does not disclose the cost of flying members of Congress to their destinations.
In fact, Senator Inhofe has made 108 visits to Africa, more than any other Senator in U.S. history. Although it can be argued his trips could be justified by work that is focused on disbanding the “The Lord’s Resistance Army,” and protecting African children from kidnapping and made into child soldiers; his influence extends far beyond military interests. The homophobia that has been spread via taxpayer expense through the flavor of homophobic evangelizing supported by Senator Inhofe needs to be investigated. The blood of David Kato cries out for justice, and a determination of just what Senator Inhofe meant by his taxpayer funded trips to Uganda being described as “A Jesus Thing.”
Inhofe attempted to explain, “I’m guilty of two things. I’m a Jesus guy, and I have a heart for Africa.”
Jesus himself was once approached by a group that wanted him to join in tax resistance against the Romans who were occupying and oppressing their nation. His answer seems to draw a line between church and state–‘give to Ceasar what is Ceasar’s and to God what is God’s.’
Sen. Inhofe can leave politics and join the ministry, he can donate his own time and money to missionary work in Uganda, but instead he blurs the lines between his office and his religion. He is promoting a kind of religion that many Christians disown. He doesn’t speak for America, and should not be supported by our tax dollars.