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The Las Vegas Church Claiming Pastor Martin Ssempa Is Getting a Bad Rap

Last month Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas said it would “review” its financial support for Uganda’s Pastor Martin Ssempa, the cheerleader of the Kill The Gays bill. Not only did Canyon Ridge decide it would not cut ties with Ssempa, it’s now defending him.

Warren Throckmorton, the psychology professor and writer, notes:

Canyon Ridge’s resistance comes even as the Willow Creek Association, a massive global network of evangelical churches that includes Canyon Ridge, distances itself from Ssempa. The WCA bestowed a “Courageous Leadership” award on Ssempa’s Kampala-based Makerere Community Church in 2007, but on Thursday, the group said that it no longer has a relationship with Ssempa and that it wouldn’t have honored his church had it been more fully aware of his views.

But Canyon Ridge, which considers Ssempa a “mission partner” and helps pay for staff at his Kampala church, is digging in its heels. After promising in early June to review Ssempa’s involvement in Uganda’s anti-gay movement, pastors Mitch Harrison and Kevin Odor said last week that they “do not believe Martin Ssempa to be the man the media and others have portrayed him to be.”

Portrayed him to be? The media needn’t act on Ssempa’s behalf; he portrays himself in public forums, in YouTube videos, and while speaking to television cameras just fine. This is a guy who even Rick Warren, in 2007, says he cut ties with (though it took until December for him to denounce the Uganda bill).

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  • Roger Rabbit

    You forgot the “anti-gay kicked out of the APA, nutbag” in front of Throckmorton’s name…

  • James

    opressed become the opressors. wonder how this would be if the tables were turned?
    just goes to show the homophobia in other minority groups. But of course, this will be blamed on gays because it’s un PC to ever suggest blacks are wrong and backward about anything!

  • Jevon

    James. Shut up! EVERY group has prejudice. There is racism rampant in the gay community, so who are you to judge. Get your own plank first!


    I am shocked and dismayed that Canyon Ridge refuses to admit the truth. An action is being planned against the Church as we will not have this kind of hatred in Las Vegas.

    Btw, James, this crap was imported by right wing white so called “christians’ whose main goal is getting themselves involved in the minerals trade in Africa.

    Here’s a local story about this situation. Thanks to Rev Throckmorton for not letting this story get swept under the rug.

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  • Mike Kilpatrick

    Pretty sure I fucked that gut in a men’s room recently.

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