12.10.2009

Rick Warren *Finally* Denounces Uganda's "Kill Gays" Bill (UPDATED)

If you can stomach listening to this man, Joe. My. God. posted a video "letter" from Rick Warren to Uganda's pastors about the hateful "kill gays" bill about to pass their country's congress.

Rachel Maddow has been on almost from day 1.

Here's Joe:

After weeks of media criticism, Rick Warren has at last specifically denounced Uganda's now-dismantled "kill gays" bill. Previously Warren had said it was not his business to "interfere with sovereign nations," despite his years-long championing of the bill's chief proponent, Martin Ssempa.



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UPDATE I:

Here's how ThinkProgress is reporting this interesting turn of events:
For weeks, Pastor Rick Warren has been under fire for refusing to condemn the Anti-Homosexuality Bill going through the Ugandan parliament, which would make certain homosexual acts punishable by death. Last month, he told Newsweek that it wasn’t his “personal calling” to “comment or interfere in the political process of other nations.”

After facing intense criticism over his statement, Warren then went on Twitter and wondered why there was so much fuss over the rights of gay men and women: “Globally last yr 146,000 Christians were put to death because of their faith. No one, except Christians, said anything.” But dozens of Christian leaders disagreed with Warren’s cowardice and forcefully spoke out against the legislation. From a Dec. 7 letter they signed:

As Americans, some may wonder why we are raising our voices to oppose a measure proposed in a nation so far away from home. We do so to bear witness to our Christian values, and to express our condemnation of an injustice in which groups and leaders within the American Christian community are being implicated. We appeal to all Christian leaders in our own country to speak out against this unjust legislation.

Even world leaders like UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper condemned the bill. Sweden development assistance minister said that the country planned to cut aid to Uganda over the “appalling” legislation. Yesterday, Warren finally came out with a message for his “fellow pastors in Uganda” saying that he is against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, has been smeared by the media, and still thinks being gay is a sin.

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