After weeks of silence, Pastor Rick Warren distances himself from the proposed Uganda legislation that sought to execute gay men. Warren released a video message to pastors in Uganda and urged them to "make a positive difference" and treat all with dignity and respect. Warren tells the pastors: "The potential law before your parliament is unjust, it's extreme, and it's un-Christian towards homosexuals."
Warren was recently asked about the proposed legislation on Meet the Press and refused to condemn it, saying he "doesn't take sides." It's probably no coincidence that Warren is now trying his best to distance himself, after the huge controversy that has developed around American missionaries in Uganda and the bill. Warren's remarks curiously come after it was announced that Uganda will drop the death penalty provision. Coincidence?
Warren's ties to the leading anti-gay evangelical and Anglican clericsin Uganda have been extensively documented. Until recently, Warren has been the leading stateside champion of Martin Ssempa, the leading anti-gay evangelist in Uganda and the number one religious sponsor of The Anti Homosexuality Bill.
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