Rick Warren: It is “not my personal calling” to condemn Uganda’s kill-gays bill

At least he’s consistent. True to his word, Rick Warren has looked deep inside himself, surrendered his own judgment, and asked, “What would Hitler do?” He found an answer, and is sticking to it.

Martin Ssempa, activist and friend of the theocratic cabal The Family, personal friend and professional collaborator with Warren Martin Ssempa is championing a bill before the legislature of his native Uganda that would impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The hypocrisy is maddening. Ssempa, a self-proclaimed Christian, is blind to all the bright things of his claimed faith. One cannot help but juxtopose this barbarism with John 8, which Ssempa supposedly holds holy as part of revealed scripture:

   But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

Warren’s reaction to his comrade’s activities:

The fundamental dignity of every person, our right to be free, and the freedom to make moral choices are gifts endowed by God, our creator. However, it is not my personal calling as a pastor in America to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations.

The first sentence, however comforting a statement it might be, is worded in a manner that has become clichéd in many Christian discourses, so it would not be unfair to assume Warren said it without really thinking about the meaning of any of the words in their combination. The second sentence is unadulterated equivocation.

He is withholding comment about a proposal for state-sanctioned murder. His denunciation could possibly avert this, given that one of its public proponents is within his sphere of influence. He could save lives with his mouth. But he says nothing. It’s in another country, and therefore for reasons unspecified, off-limits. That’s what he says. He says it because he has too big of an audience, and is too afraid of shrinking it by saying he doesn’t care if some gays die.

Rick Warren is devoted to the idea of Christ. He cares nothing for the person and example of The Nazarene.


3 Responses

  1. *facepalm*

  2. I wonder why there is all the hustle about homosexuality and trying to link Ssempa and Warren. There is no need to link the two. The reality is that Ugnada will not tolerate Homosexuality at any cost whether with Warren tied with Ssempa or not.
    All those msking all the Noise should know that We as Ugandas are not interested in Homosexuality.

    There is no politics here. Why is the world so concerned at a time when Uganda is saying no to Homosexuality? Where were they when we struglled with War in Northern Uganda? When there were many People who went with out food?

    Leave us alone we are not interested in Homesexuality

    • Philip: Rick Warren invited Ssempa to give the keynote address of his 2005 AIDS conference at his Lake Forest, CA Saddleback Church. I realize now I exaggerated Warren’s possible influence over Ssempa and his constituants. But my concern is a matter of principle, i.e. Warren’s refusal to condemn a law that would end human lives. Even if he has no power to effect its passage (which he doesn’t), it would seem to be the minimally decent thing to do to publically denounce it, if not for gay Ugandans than for American homosexuals facing violence in the States. He could have sent a message to his own congregation about the unacceptability of violence against persons for private expressions, but didn’t. I’m not “leaving Uganda alone” by not commenting on this because I think the law in question is unconscionable and demands universal rebuke.

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