by Jesse Galef –
Baby steps, people, baby steps. Truth Wins Out reports that Focus on the Family president Jim Daly is opposed to the proposed Uganda law which would require killing homosexuals. He’s also against the way the legislation would incite violence against them:
“As a Christian organization, Focus on the Family Action encourages pro-family policies. As such, we respect the desire of the Ugandan people to shield their nation from the promotion of homosexuality as morally equivalent to one-man, one-woman marriage. That said, the purpose of laws is to make societies safer, and there is legitimate concern that the legislation being debated in Uganda will incite violence against homosexuals. That is morally unacceptable, as is enacting the death penalty for homosexuals, which some versions of this bill are reported to require.”
– Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family
I know, it’s a low bar. And yes, it’s absurd and offensive to imply that being pro-family means “respecting the desire… to shield their nation from the promotion of homosexuality as morally equivalent to one-man, one-woman marriage.” I, too, am in favor of happy, successful families – which is exactly why I support the right for homosexuals to get married.
But let’s take a moment and be glad that our crazies aren’t as extreme as they could be – or are, in other countries. None of our politicians are calling for the death penalty for homosexuals, and even leaders on the other side of our issues are willing to speak out against inciting violence. Small victory, but an important one to keep in mind: we could have it a lot worse.
I have no particular love for Focus on the Family, but I’m glad they’re making a public statement against the proposed Ugandan legislation.