Pastor Rick Warren has found himself in hot water over anti-homosexual legislation in Uganda, and the critique is totally warranted. Warren has close ties to the country where he works primarily on the issue of AIDS and he has even dubbed Uganda a “purpose driven nation”. But now, Warren’s main colleague there, a man named Martin Ssempe, is linked to a piece of legislation before the country’s Parliament that reads in part, “Those who engage in “aggravated homosexuality” — defined as repeated homosexual relations or sexual contact with others who are HIV/AIDS infected — will face the death penalty.”
Warren has been silent so far on the issue, saying only, “The fundamental dignity of every person, our right to be free, and the freedom to make moral choices are gifts endowed by God, our creator. However, it is not my personal calling as a pastor in America to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations.”
By refusing to “comment” or “interfere,” Warren is essentially refusing to condemn the law, which if enacted would be on par with any other genocide. Andrew Sullivan over at the Atlantic Monthly writes, “This is classic avoidance in an atmosphere of extreme danger. It is the same as the Catholic church’s disgraceful neutrality in Rwanda and Nazi Germany, as they saw a chance to enable others to wipe out a minority they wished could be wiped off the face of the earth.”
It seems Rick Warren has access to every media outlet in the world, from Meet the Press to the New York Times, why the silence on this issue?