C Street on NPR’s “Fresh Air”
My conversation with Terry Gross of NPR’s “Fresh Air” is now online. It’s a discussion of chapter four in my new book, C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, the story of American fundamentalism’s long shadow overseas and the genocide on the mind of Uganda’s antigay crusaders. From the interview:
“When you speak to [Bahati’s] allies, they’re pretty clear: This is a project to eradicate homosexuality in Uganda, and they hope it will become a model for all of Africa. They’re not saying, ‘This is a reform.’ They’re saying, ‘We can do this. We are at the crux.’ When I was there, an American pastor [named] Lou Engle, who leads a big Christian right group called The Call, said, ‘This is ground zero of the great war with homosexuality.'”
Jeff Sharlet is a founding editor of Killing the Buddha, coauthor with Peter Manseau of Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible (2004) and co-editor of Believer, Beware (2009). Sharlet is also the author of Sweet Heaven When I Die, (2011), C Street, (2010), and the New York Times bestseller The Family (2008).