Here is a bit of good news! In my earlier post last week, How Not To Celebrate World AIDS Day, I wrote about the proposed legislation in Uganda that would enforce the death penalty on homosexuals who were HIV+.
This has generated a lot of outrage and put some very intense focus on the American Christian fundamentalist lobbyists, politicians and theologans who have been involved in the internal affairs of Uganda. This pressure paid off today.
Rick Warren has officially come out against the proposed laws in Uganda that would make homosexuality a crime, punishable by death in some cases. In an open letter to the pastors of Uganda (with whom Warren has a great deal of influence from his missionary work) the American mega-pastor says,
As an American pastor, it is not my role to interfere with the politics of other nations, but it IS my role to speak out on moral issues ... the potential law is unjust, extreme and un-Christian toward homosexuals, requiring the death penalty in some cases. If I am reading the proposed bill correctly, this law would also imprison anyone convicted of homosexual practice ... I urge you, the pastors of Uganda, to speak out against the proposed law.
Obviously, Warren holds (and reiterates in the letter) beliefs about sex and about queer men and women with which I thoroughly disagree. But I want to thank him for doing the right thing here, for putting his influence and power to use to save the lives of innocent people. Hopefully, Warren's letter will make a difference.