What? No, This Can’t Be Right. But If It Is…

I’d sworn that I’d reduce or eliminate the number of posts on this log that were about the role of ministering to the homosexual community in this country.

Then this stuff comes along and it swings the head around and makes you wonder if somehow this was a twisting of words, or Rick himself said what he was quoted as saying this week.

Because if this is a true statement of his position on the matter, then in my eyes, this renders null everything he’s tried to do in the GLBT community.  From the Newsweek interview, speaking about the law in the Ugandan countrs, outlawing homosexuality.

But Warren won’t go so far as to condemn the legislation itself. A request for a broader reaction to the proposed Ugandan anti-homosexual laws generated this response: “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.” On Meet the Press this morning, he reiterated this neutral stance in a different context: “As a pastor, my job is to encourage, to support. I never take sides.” Warren did say he believed that abortion was “a holocaust.” He knows as well as anyone that in a case of great wrong, taking sides is an important thing to do.

I never take sides?

If this is true and Rick Warren said it (and I see no denial on Newsweek’s site) then Rick’s refusal to “take sides” in this issue, verses the sides he has already taken, compels me to believe that despite his protestations to the contrary, Rick supports the Ugandans’ actions against the homosexuals and the friends of homosexuals in their country.

I can’t believe that he’s said this and if, in a short space of time, a retraction of that statement sallies forth, then I’ll be happy to forgive and forget.  But if he means it…if he really means it…

…man, that’s a scary thing to contemplate.

~ by WriterRand on December 2, 2009.

2 Responses to “What? No, This Can’t Be Right. But If It Is…”

  1. I’m not familiar with Rick Warren’s position on other issues, but he seems very confused and contradictory regarding gay issues. Back in 2008, Warren’s church agreed to meet with gay Christian activists, but Warren denied agreeing to the meeting. And earlier this year, he denied supporting the anti-gay Prop 8 even though he clearly endorsed it to his church.

    Most folks in the Religious Right are very careful to disclaim gay bashing and hatred, but the Ugandan legislation is merely legalized gay bashing. As citizens of God’s kingdom first, we are certainly responsible to speak out against hatred.

  2. It looks like Warren just issued a letter and video condemning the Ugandan legislation and urging Ugandan pastors to oppose it.

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