Why is it so hard for Rick Warren, the president’s favorite pastor to rankle the gays, to disavow the proposed legislation that would make gay sex punishable by death in Uganda? For a man so devoted to Jesus’s compassion, Warren certainly has a ridiculous double standard when it comes to where and to whom that compassion is devoted.
Warren’s involvement with Uganda’s anti-gay bill stems from his relationship with Martin Ssempa, the Ugandan pastor backing the legislation. While Warren publicly stated he severed all ties with Ssempa, it’s no secret the pastor found welcome arms at Warren’s Saddleback Church.
And yet, Warren — who laughably claims things like never being against gay marriage — refuses to denounce an utterly deplorable bill led by a possibly-former associate.
“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,” says Warren in a statement. “However, it is not my personal calling as a pastor in America to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations.”
That’s quite amusing, given Warren’s new found appreciation for all things non-America. Lately, he’s focused heavily on China; he told an audience earlier this month that “last Sunday there were more Christians who went to church in China than all of Europe combined.” And like the crusaders before him, it sounds like Warren would be quite at home spreading what he thinks is god’s message beyond America’s borders; he’s made plenty of in-roads to bring Anglican churches in America into the fold of Africa’s anti-gay clerics, as his visits to Uganda are more akin to one-man campaigns to encourage divisiveness.
On Meet The Press (see below video), Warren declared it not to be his job to interfere “with the political process of other nations.” But this is not about the laws of other nations.
This is about basic protections for human life. If a foreign lawmaker were calling for Christians to be executed, Warren would be there, leading the opposition. But when it comes to gay men and women, who, Warren supposedly does not wish ill, he’s not just remained painfully silent, he has, be fault, endorsed genocide against gay Ugandans.