Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill: A Betrayal of Christ's Teachings

By Jim Wallis 12-11-2009

There are times in the "culture wars" when a very diverse group of religious leaders can come together across the political spectrum in a common cause. Recent legislation pending in the Ugandan parliament is one of those occasions. If it becomes law, the bill recommends the death penalty for same-sex activity and prison if same-sex activity is not reported to the police.

This week, more than sixty U.S. church leaders released the following statement:

Our Christian faith recognizes violence, harassment and unjust treatment of any human being as a betrayal of Jesus' commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves. As followers of the teachings of Christ, we must express profound dismay at a bill currently before the Parliament in Uganda.

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