There are more developments on the extreme, anti-gay hysteria sweeping Uganda, encouraged by conservative American Christian missionaries and partially funded by your tax dollars. Anti-gay and anti-choice conservative mega-church Pastor Rick Warren's extensive ties to Uganda are being questioned. Warren, one of the leading supporters of Proposition 8 in California, drew considerable fire last year when he was invited to give the invocation at President Barack Obama's inauguration. Warren refuses to condemn the proposed Ugandan legislation that would make gay sex punishable by death.
The Daily Beast's Max Blumenthal extensively documented Warren's ties to the leading anti-gay clerics in Uganda. Warren was recently forced to distance himself from the East African nation's most prominent evangelical, Martin Ssempa, who made numerous appearances at Warren's Saddleback Church and whose own church was accused of organizing a rash of anti-gay riots in Uganda. Ssempa backs the "The Anti Homosexuality Bill" that calls for the death penalty for those guilty of "aggravated homosexuality" which includes having gay sex if they are HIV positive.
"A request for a broader reaction to the proposed Ugandan anti-homosexual laws generated this response: '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.' On Meet the Press, he reiterated this neutral stance in a different context: 'As a pastor, my job is to encourage, to support. I never take sides.' Warren did say he believed that abortion was 'a holocaust.' He knows as well as anyone that in a case of great wrong, taking sides is an important thing to do.""
Warren did not have a problem "interfering in the political process" in California's Proposition 8. Appearing on Sunday's Meet the Press, Warren minimized his role promoting the ballot initiative and refused to rule out whether he would re-fight the issue when a Prop 8 repeal appears on the ballot. Watch Warren's response on Uganda and marriage equality on Meet the Press, as well as the television commercial where he was "taking sides" during Prop 8, AFTER THE JUMP.
More on the international backlash against Uganda: Over the weekend, we reported the prime ministers of Britain and Canada formally protested the Ugandan proposal. Uganda is lashing out to its critics in the international community: "The government yesterday responded strongly to international criticism over the proposed anti-gay law, saying the process would continue uninterrupted. Speaker Edward Sekandi told Daily Monitor that it was necessary 'to do whatever we can to stop' homosexual liaisons in Uganda. 'We don’t support that practice,' Mr Sekandi said yesterday."
Meanwhile: The Obama Administration's Global AIDS Cooordinator Eric Goosby, who is responsible for administering some $287 million in your taxpayer money to Uganda for HIV and AIDS programs, also takes no position on the proposed law that would execute HIV positive gay men: "My role is to be supportive and helpful to the patients who need these services. It is not to tell a country how to put forward their legislation. But I will engage them in conversation around my concern and knowledge of what this is going to do to that population, and our ability to stop the movement of the virus into the general population."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice and President Obama have said nothing on the proposed Ugandan law that would execute gay men.
WEHT Thou shalt not kill? Warren's response on Uganda and marriage equality, as well as his commercial endorsing prop 8, AFTER THE JUMP.