Texas Pastor Claims America Needs Ugandan-Like Leadership

Article by Jared Smith

     The daily commute to my business is about 20-minutes long, and I typically pass the time by listening to a mixture of conservative radio and a popular local music station. It’s inevitable to hear pastors and holy leaders plug their particular places of worship, or opine about certain political and moral issues. Perhaps the most frequent of these religious mountebanks would be Pastor John Miller(pictured left), the leader of a non-denominational, Evangelical worship-site called Church on the Rock.

I’ve been extremely critical of this man for a number of reasons, namely his appeals to Creationism and Historical Revisionism, but specifically his overt disregard for the facts and a continuing demonstration of vapidity, both in politics and history. As my commute commenced, I overheard one of his trademarked radio advertisements permeate from my speakers:

The President of Uganda gave us an example of a governmental leader calling the nation back to God. In public prayer he said I stand here to repent. We ask for God’s forgiveness. We confess sins of idolatry and witchcraft. We confess sins of shedding innocent blood, political hypocrisy and dishonesty. Forgive us for pride, laziness, corruption and sexual immorality. We dedicate this nation to God. We want to be known as a nation that fears God. We need this kind of leadership in America.

Did he really just say that, I thought to myself. I couldn’t believe someone would actually suggest that we need to take the framework of rampant Evangelicalism in Uganda and apply it to our governmental structure.

Upon contacting the church for a comment, I received this statement back from Nick Birmingham, one of the associate pastors:

“The point of the spot is to affirm his prayer acknowledging God and his acknowledgement of the sins of his nation. He was not aware of the other issues you referred to. Pastor Miller does not support the actions that undermine the dignity of any individual.”

I find it patently absurd that someone who considers himself to be a moral, political, and historical authority (at least on a local level) would call for the support of a president who’s responsible for rigging the election process, promoting stricter penalties for homosexuals, stifling free speech, and essentially being guilty of almost every single thing he said the country should be repenting for. I think it’s more brazenly ridiculous that Miller would openly support someone he hasn’t vetted, and clearly knows nothing about.

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess Mr. Miller won’t be directing the staff at his church to mirror President Museveni’s administration, so why would he assert that our government needs to adopt this level of religious fundamentalism, chock-full of immoral behaviors? Apparently, it’s perfectly acceptable to be responsible for treating others inhumanely, so long as one acknowledges the Hebrew deity and repents.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Stanton5 Stanton Fink

    So Pastor Miller wants homosexuals and people who help homosexuals rounded up and either publicly executed and or fatally disappeared, and is for murdering children accused of being witches?

    Oh, wait, he’s not? Then what the hell is he babbling about?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001289711137 Louise Dotter

      He IS for all those things – listen to his sermons some time!

      • Evolved One

        Stanton was being sarcastic.

  • Carl Miller

    Shame on these Christians. There is nothing to low for Christian fundamentalist and evangelicals. Their aim is simply a will to power, and we all need to wake up to what a threat they pose.

  • ISeeDumbPeople

    How about this guy and his followers go to Uganda and see how awesome it is. We can raise funds to get them there but only a one-way ticket.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marty-Bouffard/100000416681759 Marty Bouffard

    I do believe in God, but I don’t believe He wants us to be assholes. This is why I don’t belong to any religion. Believing in God does not mean I have to go to church and it doesn’t mean I have to be an asshole.

    Real Christians would denounce this guy as an asshole.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jakedangerlaw Jake Danger Law

      Meh, you’re still wrong. But you’re a better kind of wrong. Just an incorrect wrong.

  • baruchzed

    This christofascist is welcome to move to Uganda any time he wants.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000422502793 Betty LuAnn McMahon

    I wish people would quit trying to rewrite history. It is what it is now deal with it or go crawl under a rock and leave the rest of us alone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.moseley Kevin Moseley

    It was US evangelicals that caused Uganda to sink into the depth of evil theocracy in the first place. They should be stripped of their citizenship and deported.

  • http://www.facebook.com/otto.mileti Otto Mileti

    Just another misguided religious zealot. They seem to be growing at an exponential rate. So sad!

  • TommyNIK
  • Evolved One

    Ahhh, the witchcraft part……did you realize that countless thousands of women are accused and abused in parts of Africa because some dumb a$$ man who is pi$$ed off at a woman accuses her of witchcraft…..? These evangelicals should be taxed and castigated for their meddling in foreign and domestic affairs.

  • Bruce Norbeck

    It’s interesting that when it comes to poverty, war, & other social ills, conservatives will tell us it’s because Black Africans are incompetent at government.

    But let the subject be GAYS, & suddenly African leaders are fountains of wisdom, morality, & social rectitude.