For the past few weeks I have been greatly disturbed by what has been happening in Uganda regarding the treatment of gays and lesbians through new legislation called the Anti-Homosexual Bill. I was first made aware of the situation by a good friend of mine who I went to Moody Theological Seminary with, who now works in Uganda as a teacher at a school for girls. Shortly after I called a good friend of mine, Dr. Warren Throckmorton, who had also picked up on the story. In a brief summary, the Ugandan government is passing legislation right now that would not only imprison gays and lesbians for doing nothing other than being gay or lesbian, but also go so far as to legally be able to put them to death! Dr. Throckmorton has been covering this story very closely on his blog, and
Dr. Throckmorton and I have been in contact with a few major secular media outlets to get the word out on a broader scale. Pray these contacts run with this story to start putting pressure on the right people.
Let me make this clear:
I don’t care how conservative your theological belief system is, killing people or imprisoning them for being gay or lesbian is wrong and should never, ever happen.
Notwithstanding, according to the bill, I, as a straight person, would also be imprisoned if I don’t turn in gays and lesbians to the Ugandan government.
It’s time to act. There is a Facebook group that has just been started, and it already has over 4,400 members. Dr. Throckmorton and I are also gathering a group of Christian leaders to compose and endorse an official letter to be sent directly to the Ugandan government. I’m sure you’re asking why the Ugandan government would listen to Christians in the United States? It’s a long story, but the short version is that this bill is being fueled by a man named Martin Ssempa (through some Ugandan outlets, claims he authored the bill as well), who has direct ties back to a large Christian church and Christian organization here in the States. I can’t say more about that right now, but know that we’re doing everything we can to get as many facts publicly out there as soon as possible!
I will be updating everyone as the story unfolds.
Here is Update #1. – Message from Rick and Kay Warren
Here is Update #2. – The World Day of Prayer for Uganda on Tuesday November 17th
Here is Update #3. – Breaking News from the Uganda Church Supporting the Criminalization of GLBT
Here is Update #4. – Time for the American Gov to Step Up; Other Government’s Are Starting to Do So
Here is Update #5. – Ugandan President Speaks Out to Discard Current Anti-Gay Bill
Here is Update #6. – American Church Admits to Funding Anti-Gay Bill and Won’t Pull Funding
Here is Update #7. – I was quoted in a Salon.com article about the need for American evangelical churches to speak out against, and quickly cut ties with, this legislation
Here is Update #8. – Public statements from Las Vegas church senior pastor on why they still financially fund the leader of the Anti-Gay Bill in Uganda
Here is Update #9. – Las Vegas Church finally cuts financial ties with the leader of the Anti-Gay Bill in Uganda