Saturday, March 10, 2012

Joseph Kony 2012 Scandal

My wife and I work with adolescents, and have recently joked that, it's become cool to hate nice things.  Though it started as a joke I've been amazed by how much truth there is in that insipid little statement. It is popular, and easy, to dislike things. Whenever I encounter a song, idea, or movement that appears to be above reproach, someone inevitably comes along and explains why they believe that the thing I like is dumb and terrible.

I recently posted about Invisible Children and their Kony 2012 campaign. Within hours of doing so I heard complaints about what a lousy organization Invisible Children is. I've read some articles, and I concede that Invisible Children is not the paragon of virtue I wish they were, but I don't think they're all that bad either.

The criticisms are these: IC doesn't spend enough money on tangible relief work, IC was intentionally foggy the facts of Kony's current whereabouts and actions, and IC fabricated the rumor that US forces planned to leave Uganda. As far as I can tell, all of these criticisms are legitimate ones. If you'd like, you can read about them in detail on, and

What I really want to ask of you is this: if you can't stand to align yourself with Invisible Children, please find a humanitarian organization that you can enthusiastically support. I personally recommend World Vision, but no matter what, please do your homework. Charity Navigator and similar sites offer free reviews in order to keep charitable organizations accountable. Please do pray for Uganda and please do contact your representatives about Kony, the LRA, and whatever other issues you care deeply about. Finally, if you have spent energy criticizing Invisible Children, please spend twice as much energy in vocal and generous support of a superior organization. It is not enough to merely expose and discuss problems; we must diligently research and share good solutions as well.


  1. I agree with what this article/entry is saying but I think that Invisible Children are not only JUST exposing a problem; but I had heard somewhere that Kony and the rebels had left Uganda 6 years ago, which means that (if this is true) Invisible Children are just beating a dead horse, also trying to bring more attention to Uganda would be more dangerous than not, since it raises the publicity of this place and may entice the rebels to attack again. But to cut to the chase, I liked this article and will consider donating to World Vision.

  2. Well said! If people feel they can do better elsewhere, then let's see them do it!

  3. I totally disagree that people are just «disliking».

    I feel people are being critical and skeptical (as they are with more and more with religion), they will not just accept any truth that you throw at them. People are valuing more and more facts and reason in this technological-science minded world, and what Invisible Children is doing is very controversial. I think this is a very good thing, people should be much more careful with what they claim and believe.

  4. Good words, David -- thanks:) I would like to put in a good word for Samaritan's Purse, but I know there many, much smaller ministry organizations that are doing great work too!


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