Fellowship Foundation’s Bob Hunter speaks about Uganda on the Rachel Maddow Show

Associate of the Fellowship Foundation, Bob Hunter, appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show tonight to discuss the Foundation and then the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Hunter left no doubt that the Fellowship Foundation opposes the bill. I also interviewed Mr. Hunter on Tuesday and will have more to report on that front soon.

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In these clips, Mr. Hunter quotes Andrew Young as a member of the Fellowship. Former Democratic congressman, and Ambassador to the UN during the Carter years, Andrew Young can hardly be called a conservative.

I was also able to interview Andrew Young Tuesday evening and will report on that interview soon.

4 thoughts on “Fellowship Foundation’s Bob Hunter speaks about Uganda on the Rachel Maddow Show”

  1. Bob Hunter started NICO “National Insurance Consumer Organization” with Ralph Nadar after he left the Carter Administration. He’s a bleeding heart liberal which proves that the “Family” is not conservative. Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, Mother Theresa and Bono have all been involved with this group as well as Sister Rose Marie of Northern Uganda who has help thousands of young teenage mothers get back on there feet and won the CNN hero’s award. There is no conspiracy. Everyone trusted an untrue book, without checking the facts. In Uganda Bob Hunter has helped hospitals, and helped the “Lost Children” of Northern Uganda get edjucations and food and shelter. Bob has helped thousands of people who fall victim to big insurance all over this country and has supported Universal Health Care

  2. With respect for Bob’s good intentions in opposing the bill and bringing a smidgeon of transparency to an organization that has been defined by secrecy for 75 years, there’s much in his statement on Maddow — which I helped arrange — that is inaccurate. I’ll have more on this later today, but the most significant point is that the Family/Fellowship has functioned as a political organization ever since it was first formed in the 1930s to elect Arthur Langlie to the office of the Washington governor’s office. It was political when it threw its muscle behind the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act that undid much of the New Deal; it was political when it lobbied vigorously against the creation of Israel; it was political, in 1959, when it arranged U.S. support for the Haitian dictator Papa Doc Duvalier; it was political in the late 60s, when it became the back channel of communication between the Nixon administration and the genocidal regime of Indonesian dictator Suharto; it was political when became a forum through which associates lobbied for billions of U.S. aid to the junta of Brazilian generals in the early 70s; it was political when it sent Senator Chuck Grassley to Somalia (and Uganda) in the early 80s to build U.S. support for the genocidal regime of dictator Siad Barre; and it’s political now, as it struggles to do damage control over the Uganda issue. Sending someone like Senator Jim Inhofe to meet with foreign leaders — readers should know that goes through the State Department — on the taxpayer’s tab is political.

    I’m not disputing the Family’s right to do political work. But as Bob pushes the group toward transparency, I wish there would be some accountability for the fundamentally political function of the organization. There is a religious function, too; but let’s lay all the cards on the table.

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