Well, now THIS is one way I never thought life in Uganda and life in the United States would collide.
You have maybe read about Michelle Bachmann‘s right-wing Christian staffer Peter Waldron. Her campaign credits him with leading the faith-based charge in Iowa this year that gave her a slight edge in the straw poll.
As so often seems to be the case with these outspoken preachers, though, he has an ominous back-story. He was arrested in Uganda in 2006 for running guns and ammunition. In a recent article in The Atlantic, Bachmann Staffer Arrested for Terrorism, you can read about the many theories about why he might have had assault weapons in his apartment in Kampala, suspicions of involvement with Congolese terrorists, and even the possibility that he was trying to set up a Christian political party to overthrow President Museveni.
Who knows what his real story is. I happen to know some people who lived near him in Kampala and went to his apartment one evening. The table was covered with pornography, and there were a number of attractive young ladies hanging around. I’m sure he was just talking to them about the evils of pornography.
One way or another, you have to wonder about a campaign that is being driven by people with such creepy backgrounds.
Mark D. Jordahl
- Michele Bachmann’s Problem With Uganda, Terrorism And “Kill The Gays” (lezgetreal.com)
- In ’06 Bachmann Staffer Was Arrested in Uganda on Terrorism Charges (crooksandliars.com)
- Bachmann Staffer Was Arrested On Guns Charges In Uganda In 2006 (businessinsider.com)
- Report: Bachmann Organizer Tied To ‘Kill The Gays’ Backer In Uganda (mediaite.com)
- A Bachmann Staffer’s Dominionist Worldview, Gun-Running Charges, and Ties to Ugandan “Kill the Gays” Pastor (Box Turtle Bulletin)