Pastor Rick Warren on Ugandan Law Allowing Execution of HIV-Positive Gay Men: “I Never Take Sides.”

Monday, November 30, 2009

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, is at it again. The man President Obama chose to perform the inaugural invocation back in January, and who supported California’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, was a guest on NBC’s Meet the Press this past Sunday.

Warren was asked about his cozy relationship with Martin Ssempa, an Ugandan pastor who endorsed proposed legislation in Uganda making gay sex punishable by life in prison or even in some cases death. Ssempa has been a guest at Warren’s Saddleback Church where he was was warmly embraced warmly by Warren and his wife, Kay.

In October, Warren distanced himself from Ssempa and the Ugandan legislation, saying, “Martin Ssempa does not represent me, my wife Kay, Saddleback Church, nor the Global PEACE Plan strategy,” but on Meet the Press, Warren refused to condemn the homophobic legislation itself, saying, “As a pastor, my job is to encourage, to support. I never take sides.”

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15 Responses to Pastor Rick Warren on Ugandan Law Allowing Execution of HIV-Positive Gay Men: “I Never Take Sides.”

  1. Aunt Peg says:

    Rick Warren “never takes sides?” Is he kidding?

    He sure took a “side” against gay marriage. He took a “side” against abortion. He takes sides all the time and if can’t have it both ways.

    I wonder what side he will be on the first time we hear that the Ugandan government has executed their first gay victims of HIV/AIDS?

  2. Harry says:

    Religion is evil. It doesn’t matter if the church is in the USA or Kampala, Uganda. The men who push religion are evil. Case closed.

  3. Rock says:

    Sorry, Rick. By not choosing you’ve already taken a side.

  4. libhomo says:

    By funding a side, he is taking sides. It’s way past time for Obama to denounce Warren and apologize for involving him in the inauguration.

  5. retahyajyajav says:

    Rick Warren has the right to believe whatever he wants to believe. He’s an American and that is his constitutionally guaranteed right.

    However, I was deeply troubled when he says he can’t take a position when he had no problem taking positions on a whole host of issues in the past including gay marriage.

    I think the face of Christianity is becoming more ugly every day and Rick Warren is proof of it.

  6. Scott Dancer says:

    Of course Rick Warren takes sides.

    I know for a fact that Warren turned the Saddleback Church’s podium over to spokesmen from the Mormon Church who visited on Sunday mornings to “suggest” to the flock to vote in favor of Proposition 8.

    Whether Warren has a right to hold certain views isn’t the issue for me. The issue is, he’s enjoying tax exemption and functioning as a political advocate for causes that resonate to him.

    Playing possum when asked directly how he feels about a law allowing gay men to be slaughtered like cattle in Uganda is cowardly and says all I need to know about his (lack of) character.

  7. WTF is David Gregory doing having a Pastor of any church on a Political show? Pastors need to keep their asses in the pulpits and not involved in politics or molesting little boys.

  8. Estacada says:

    Rick Warren can go fuck himself and so can this African menace by the name of Martin Ssempa.

    This is precisely why Obama displayed extremely poor judgment elevating Warren to a position of nation prominence by inviting him to read the presidential invocation.

  9. Brigadoon says:

    Warren’s heart of made of stone. I would trust an angry cobra before I trusted him. You wonder why I threw out my Melissa Ethridge CDs? As soon as I learned she and Tammy attended that freak show in Orange County, and she defended Warren from his critics, I had no use for her either.

  10. Once again the gays are the canary in the coal mine. Now the rest of the progressive base are learning that when a democrat pisses on the queers, labor, immigrants, health care, etc. are next. Obama choosing Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration was a clear sign of what we could expect.

  11. Robert Rouse says:

    Never takes sides????

    Wake me when the war is over.

  12. Peace Nick says:

    Rachel Maddow had a segment last night linking the Saddleback Church to The Family in Washington DC and the Ugandan pastor, Martin Ssempa.

    Let’s not forget how many members of Congress are members of The Family. From James Inhofe to even Hillary Clinton.

    No wonder Hillary said she was opposed to the full repeal of DOMA — only article 3, which blocks the Federal benefits for same-sex couples.

  13. Jim says:

    Disgusting. Politicians are the scum of the earth, and I do mean ALL politicians.

  14. bradfrmphnx says:

    I have to shake my head in wonder at the insanity of our national leaders, and their love affair with the religious right. As if it would be counterproductive to ever stand up to that ridiculousness. I try not to cast judgement on others, I try to remind myself that the gaffes of a few don’t represent the whole…but in the case of organized religion….it just makes you want to pull out your hair. And in the case of christianity, one would be hardpressed to find any religion that has killed more people, lied to more people, or did more to obtain their own personal gains and agenda, than a christian. If I started “The Church of Jesus,” and then went and robbed a bank, killing a black man and a homosexual in the process, but saying I did it because they believed in abortion, I would be canonized. Freakin’ idiots the lot of them.

  15. Lloyd Peacock says:

    We were planning on going to Uganda to celebrate our forty-second anniversary, but outside of one of us wearing a dress, I think we’ll opt out. Maybe we’ll attend Rick Warren’s church instead. I long for the days of Idi Amin, when he was in charge of Uganda.

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