The Common Good

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Condemns "Kill the Gays Bill" in Uganda. Why Can't Rick Warren?

Date: December 5, 2012

Groundswell has started a petition aimed at clergy members to show widespread disapproval of the bill from faith leaders with over 3000 signatures. It is hoped that signatures on the petition will influence major denominational leaders to speak out in opposition to the bill.

Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service, wrote a letter condemning the bill as, “an abhorrent violation of human rights against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and a grave threat to civil society in Uganda.” Jim Wallis’ evangelical organization, Sojourners, also released an article this week decrying what they called the, “draconian anti-LGBT bill.”

Other faith leaders have condemned the bill in years past, but have remained silent this time around. In 2010, televangelist Joyce Meyers came out in opposition of the bill. HRC has publically called on influential faith leaders like TD Jakes, Joel Osteen, and Rick Warren to speak out against the bill. Wayne Self, Publisher of Owldolatrous Press, drafted an open letter to General Linda Bond, the head of the Salvation Army, an organization with a sizable African presence, asking for a public denunciation of the bill.