Why is nobody talking about Kony being a Christian?

Hey everyone. 

With Kony 2012 making the rounds all over Facebook, Twitter, and (late as usual) traditional media, I've noticed that nobody talks about Joseph Kony being the leader of a radical and violent Christian group. 

Honestly, the most I've seen is some people saying that his movement is based on "his own interpretation of the Ten Commandments", which seems like the classic "oh, they're just misusing religion" argument so often put forward by apologists.

Does anyone else feel like if he was leading a Muslim group, that's all that would be said about him? And don't take that to mean that I see Islam as a poor demonized victim; I just see two equally insane and violent religions that aren't getting the same treatment.

Now, I can't emphasize enough that I'm not belittling the movement to stop him (while it seems a bit more slacktivist than activist, anything is better than the usual nothing), I'm just pointing out that this is clearly a radical and violent religious movement based in a religion that many in the west feel uncomfortable accusing of such a thing.

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Comment by Ed on March 11, 2012 at 10:31pm

I'm not so sure Kony and his gang of thugs could be labeled modern day christians. That would be a stretch. He was heavily into so called "spirit possession" and other voodoo shenanigans at one time. Any affiliation with today's mainstream christians would be rebuffed I'm thinking. Nonetheless the man is certainly the epitome of evil and deserves some form of dismemberment.

I have little patience or forgiveness for someone who has no compunction when it come to  killing children or using children to kill others.

Comment by Unseen on March 12, 2012 at 9:55am

A monster is a monster by any other name. Unless you can argue that his atrocities are solidly based on and consistent with Christian theology (they're not, as far as I can tell), Christianity is off the hook for this one.

Comment by Craig Nomazlab on March 12, 2012 at 10:16am

I'm guessing because it wasn't really mentioned in the video, and anybody who bothered to actually do their research on him would know that he hasn't been active in Uganda for a long time.

Comment by Stephen Meadows on March 12, 2012 at 12:06pm

Kevin, I think it is funny that they are conveniently NOT mentioning any affiliation. I have thought about blasting it on FB, cuz frankly, I tired of hearing about. However, I know the exact argument they will come back at me with. "Don't let one bad apple spoil the bunch" or "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water." It's too easy to distance themselves from those who go off the reservation, just like the Westboro Baptist kook.

Comment by Unseen on March 12, 2012 at 12:45pm

@Stephen   What are you saying? Are you saying that Christianity bears some responsibility for Kony? The way I look at it is that if some avowed atheist was the head of his organization, I wouldn't accept any blame for it given that I would have no control over him and that even if he were to base his actions on his interpretation of atheism, he would be a rogue atheist. I'm no big fan of Christianity, but Kony is a rogue Christian if he's a Christian at all.

Comment by Gary Mueller on March 12, 2012 at 1:39pm

I have no problem labeling monsters like Robertson, Roberts, Falwell, Baker, Palin and Santorum with the moniker of Christianity, they epitomize the fraudulence and ignorance of the cult.

But a madman like this can throw the word Christianity around like a beach ball but shows no real adherence to its doctrines or dogmas.

Comment by Dale Headley on March 12, 2012 at 2:06pm

   Oh, I beg to differ.  There IS someone who has been pointing out that Kony claims to be a Christian - Rush Limbaugh.  Rush, in fact, praised Kony for his aggressive brand of Christianity.  He also angrily condemned the Obama Administration for intervening to protect the non-Christians from Kony's genocidal purges.  He even implied that Obama was intentionally killing Christians by opposing Kony.  Nobody hates quite as deeply, virulently, and sanctimoniously as a good Christian, as Rush starkly demonstrates every day.   

Comment by Unseen on March 12, 2012 at 2:08pm

@Gary   Bad as Robertson, Falwell, Palin, et al, are more ridiculous than anything else. Kony is in a different class entirely.

Comment by Gary Mueller on March 12, 2012 at 3:17pm

Dale, I never knew that drug addled fuck said that, not a big surprise though.

Thanks for the info

Comment by Mith Barnes on March 12, 2012 at 7:34pm

I agree that Kony's 'theology' is a mishmash, BUT: While African Christianity does tend to incorporate local spiritual customs, but this does not make them something other than Christians. After all, that's how we got the Christmas tree, remember? Missionaries in Europe incorporated local practices rather than trying to ban them outright, knowing co-opting was an easier road than confronting. Consider, too the blend of voudoun and Christian practices in Haiti, or the distinctively Hispanic elements which infuse Christianity in Central and South America.

Christian missionizing has led to some odd manifestations in Africa. The 'kill the gays' bill in Uganda, as well as the recent rash of child-witch killings for example, have been directly motivated by Christian theology. Christianity in Africa generally tends to be heavily influenced by theology related to demon possession, ancestral curses, and witchcraft. However, this is increasingly popular in US Christianity, too. (Look up the NAR and spiritual warfare). I'm not sure that we can dismiss this as a Christianity-driven thing because it also maintains some indigenous influences, particularly when it is not all that different from some other forms of African Christianity. I think it is something of a no true Scotsman fallacy to claim that these influences invalidate Kony's own claim that his movement is a Christian one. 

We can likewise not dismiss Kony's claims of Christian theology because what he does is eccentric and atrocious. HE claims he is acting as a Christian leader, establishing the Biblical 10 commandments, and doing Christ's bidding. Walks like a duck, prays like a duck - I tend to think 'duck.'

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