Faced with mounting criticism for refusing to come out against Uganda’s Kill The Gays bill, bigoted pastor Rick Warren finally released a video message denouncing the bill and insisting he had nothing to do with its creation. (Despite reports, natch.) But while the video appeased some American gays who remain lived over faith-based support for the bill, the video — specifically directed at Uganda’s pastors — has now angered those on the ground in the East African nation.
Can’t this dude get a break? The Christian Post reports:
A group of 20 denominational heads recently formed the Uganda National Pastors Task Force Against Homosexuality and demanded that Warren “biblically issue an apology for having wronged us.”
“Your letter has caused great distress and the pastors are demanding that you issue a formal apology for insulting the people of Africa by your very inapropriate (sic) bully use of your church and purpose driven pulpits to coerse us into the ‘evil’ of Sodomy and Gaymorrah (sic),” the pastors, which include Martin Ssempa, state in a letter emailed to Warren.
They also note, “As you yourself have said, ‘..the Bible says evil has to be opposed. Evil has to be stopped. The Bible does not say negotiate with evil. It says stop it. Stop evil’. (12/2007) Since homosexuality is evil, you cannot possibly be against a law that seeks to stop it unless you have misunderstood it.”
[...] Ugandan pastors state in their letter to Warren that the bill has been “greatly misrepresented by some homosexual activists causing hysteria.”
They stress that the proposed death penalty applies only in special cases termed “aggravated homosexuality,” which include those convicted of unlawful homosexual rape of a child or handicapped invalid.
Now we’re not sure how one issues an apology “biblically,” but we imagine it’s done while standing on one leg, balancing a Bible in your left hand and doing the Jersey Shore fist pump with your right.
WARREN’S VIDEO TO UGANDA’S PASTORS: