American Church Admits to Funding Kill the Gays Bill in Uganda

Over the last few months Warren Throckmorton (and I, part time) have been covering the Anti-Homosexual Bill in Uganda. Warren has been the world’s best investigative reporter on this, from interviewing Doug Coe (the head of The Family) to now, breaking news that an American church, Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas, NV, has gone on record as being the only church that actually admits they financially support Martin Ssempa – the man in Uganda leading the charge to get this Kill the Gays legislation passed.

Over the past few months, every church that Warren or I have contacted that had previously had financial ties to Ssempa have either cut those ties, or denied they fund him. Well, Canyon Ridge is the first to actually tell us (Warren, in fact, via email) that they do financially support Ssempa and still think it’s a good idea.

For the full article with all of the details, see here.

This is not right.

Much love.

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Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Mrs T

    Thank you so much for informing us. I hope that all churches will challenge this church to clean up its act!
    See why we need the Marin Foundation!!!!

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    Craziness going on, on my Facebook page. Here are some recent comments:

    Susanne Shurtliff Scheppmann said: I use to attend Canyon Ridge CHristian Church for several years. They are church full of people who love God and love people. Is it necessary to bash them? Are you any different from who you are proclaiming them to be?

    My response:
    Susanne, yes I am different! There is a huge difference between me and them: I do not financially support Martin Ssempa – the man who is leading the charge for the legislation to kill gay and lesbian people. I’m not bashing them. It’s just not right that they are giving money to this monster!

    Then, Anna Berg commented right after:
    bashing –noun
    1. the act of beating, whipping, or thrashing.
    2. a decisive defeat.
    3. unprovoked physical assaults against members of a specified group…. See More
    b. verbal abuse, as of a group or a nation.

    You are using your platform to “verbally abuse” them for engaging in an activity you don’t approve of.

    Then I responded by saying:
    Anna, you obviously don’t understand that the Church in Uganda is pushing through legislation to make it legal to kill gay and lesbian people. Is that ok to do? The problem I have is that this church in Las Vegas is financially donating money to the head man in Uganda pushing this legislation through. That is not ok. And that is not verbal abuse. It is stating a fact.
    ________

    I just don’t get these people. What is so hard to understand about this FACT not being right, or acting like Christ?

    • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

      Wow! It’s getting crazy on my Facebook page. I’m shocked at how some people who are Christian are totally ok with this legislation! My heart is hurting right now…

      • http://thepreacherlady.wordpress.net alice henson

        Andrew…the GLBT community and the way it is treated by the church, is an issue dear to my heart. I’m sure your heart is hurting right now to know that people who call themselves your brothers and sisters are supporting the murder of others…WHO ARE ALSO OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS! You are in my prayers. We also need to pray for those that are joining in the persecution as well as those who are persecuted. I find that this paraphrase of the prayers in Eph1&3 fits situations such as this. “Let the eyes of their understanding be open…let their hearts be flooded with light. Let them know the length and breadth and depth and height of God’s love, until they are filled with the utter fullness of God.”

        • http://www.hillsideslide.blogspot.com TinaC

          take a breath Andrew. that was a wild one.

          i get worked up, especially when it comes from a relative.

          you are doing Oh So Important work. it’s tough. every day.

          give yourself a breather!

          • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

            Tina – That’s definitely why I got so flustered and heated because it was coming from a relative. I just don’t see any excuse for that. We’ll see how it all plays out from here…

  • David

    Clearly this is a wake-up call and demonstrates clearly the level of hatred that is still being spewed from some pulpits. I’m grateful to know you and to see the stark contrast of your message. Be strong in the knowledge that you are doing God’s work.

  • http://www.hillsideslide.blogspot.com TinaC

    @Andrew

    good luck.

    as I’m sure you know, it’s a process.

    people know what they’ve been taught. and you are teaching something new. it’s tough.

    If it helps, it’s been really encouraging for me to see a “Pro” like you get aggravated. if YOU get upset in these same situations, then I don’t have to feel like my frustration is unique. Nor should I let it hold me back.

    • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

      TinaC – Too often people “in the public” don’t keep it real, especially in “famous Christian” circles. Good or bad, over-reaction or appropriate, I keep it transparent because that’s the only way I know how to live. Thank you for all of your comments on FB yesterday.

      • http://www.hillsideslide.blogspot.com TinaC

        my pleasure.

        thanks for keeping it real!

  • pm

    When Jesus asked the lawyers of His day to answer a simple yes or no question, they (along with the Pharisees present) remained silent. This is indicative of a type of ‘lying-by-omission’ that is an act of complicit manipulation of the conversation so as to prevent potential involvement to be viewed as supportive of their opponent’s point of view, even in the face of doing good. See the Gospel of Luke 14:2-4 NKJV:
    “And behold, there was a certain man before Him
    who had dropsy. [3] And Jesus, answering, spoke
    to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful
    to heal on the Sabbath?” [4] But they kept silent.
    And He took [him] and healed him, and let him go.”
    It was Jesus who took hold of the certain man and healed him. Then, he let him go (his way). May we as His followers speak up, take hold, offer healing hands and let go to let God accomplish His Goodness towards Uganda’s peoples. See the Gospel of Matthew 25:36 KJV:
    “Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye
    visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.”
    I believe when a servant of the LORD ministers to somebody who’s struggling against their Adversary, they are ministering unto Christ Jesus. Therefore, your prison ministry begins by reaching out to your neighbor.

    • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

      “This is indicative of a type of ‘lying-by-omission’ that is an act of complicit manipulation of the conversation so as to prevent potential involvement to be viewed as supportive of their opponent’s point of view, even in the face of doing good.”

      Wow. That was brilliant.

  • http://facebook.com/jaywalkingtx Jay

    Shameful! Utterly, utterly shameful!! This is no church at all.

  • http://jontrouten.blogspot.com/ Jon Trouten

    This is an interesting article in box turle bulletin, Andrew (www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2010/06/22/23633). Canyon Ridge is hosting a big HIV testing event this weekend. As BTB notes, the minister that they financially support in Africa (Martin Ssempa) wants to put people to imprison and put to death people with HIV. Additionally, Canyon Ridge were to test someone at their church and learn that that person is gay, that minister that they financially support would want them to report the sexuality of that person or else they themselves would risk imprisonment.

    I was actually shocked that an HIV researcher on your FB account was supportive of this law. What do people think will happen to the HIV infection and treatment rate in Uganda if the law criminalizes both their sexuality and their disease?

    • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

      I hear you Jon – about the church and the HIV researcher!! Warren and I contacted the HIV testing service to ask if they knew what was happening, and they told us “we don’t care where we test, we just need to get the message out there.” And their testing site history proves they are loyal to their philosophy.

  • Sydney

    Church goers are told to love unconditionaly like god does I heard this in church just a few hours ago they are not told to kill unconditionally!!!!! Read the bible Christians 10 commandments thou. Shall not kill!!!

  • Kasubi

    Just to mention, there’s a new blog keeping up to date on the situation in Uganda: http://killthebilluganda.blogspot.co.uk/

    Contributions welcome!


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