And a partridge in a pear tree.
Some of you may be aware that there has been an aggressive bill in Uganda to make homosexuality not only a crime, but one punishable by execution.
One of the leading supporters of the bill there is an African pastor who is close friends with Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren. Warren has invited this pastor to speak many times at Saddleback.
"As an American pastor," Warren said in his statement, "it is not my role to interfere with the politics of other nations, but it is my role to speak out on moral issues." He told the Ugandan pastors that the bill was "unjust, extreme and un-Christian toward homosexuals." The bill's requirement that Ugandans report any meeting with homosexuals to authorities, he said, would hinder the ministry of the church and force homosexuals who are HIV positive underground. He also defended the timing of his denunciation. "Because I didn't rush to make a public statement," he said, "some erroneously concluded that I supported this terrible bill, and some even claimed I was a sponsor of the bill. You in Uganda know that this is untrue." He added, "I oppose the criminalization of homosexuality."
Thankfully, after pressure and public outcry (worldwide) execution has been removed from the bill. However, it continues to move forward in an only slightly less virulent form. This is still unacceptable, and American voices need to speak out and continue condemning this outrageous bill and its insidious, subversive American supporters.