On the heels of The Atlantic‘s report that an Iowa organizer for the campaign of Rep. Michele Bachmann was arrested in Kampala on terror charges in 2006 comes a report tying the organizer to the key backer of the “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda. The Advocate‘s Lucas Grindley reports the terror arrest story immediately raised questions about possible ties to pastor Martin Ssempa, a backer of the “Kill the Gays” bill.
Grindley reports Waldron was seen visiting Ssempa’s church:
A journalist with The New Republic, Andrew Rice, bumped into them together while researching an article on evangelicals in the country.
Ssempa is well known for inflaming violence against gay people in Uganda, even screening gay porn to incite backlash. While no one is reporting that Waldron actively helped push for the “Kill the Gays” bill that is even now still being considered by the country’s parliament, Rice says that Waldron regaled Ssempa’s congregation with stories and seemed like a minor celebrity. Waldron spoke about his time in the military (which Waldron strongly implied was CIA related), his visit to the White House, and he bragged about being cozy with the Ugandan president.
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