Some of Uganda’s Religious Leaders Walking Back Slowly

Jim Burroway

December 21st, 2009

While Martin Ssempa and company are pressing full steam ahead in their take-no-quarter defense of Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill, other religious leaders may have begun to distance themselves from the controversy.

A few weeks ago, we had reported on a meeting of 200 religious leaders who met in Entebbe as part of the  Inter-religious Council of Uganda’s discussion of the anti-gay bill. The Daily Monitor, Uganda’s largest independent newspaper (and one of the more reliable news sources in Uganda) reported that one of the resolutions approved at that meeting read, “Government should cut ties with donor communities and other groups which support ungodly values such as homosexuality and abortion.” As for the bill itself, the The group’s secretary general, Joshua Kitakule, defended it to The Daily Monitor: “The Bill is OK. But it has been misunderstood. We need to educate people on this proposed law.”

All that has changed. In a press release dated December 20, 2009, the Council now asserts that no such resolution was approved:

The idea that development partners should refrain from interfering in the process of legislation regarding the bill or that Government should cut ties with countries supporting homosexuality was not in any way a conclusion but part of the debate on the floor during the Assembly. We understand the Homosexuality Bill is a Private Members bill which is yet to be tabled before Parliament. As of now, IRCU does not have a common position on the said bill. Under any circumstance, our services including HIV/AIDS interventions are open to all persons with out discrimination.

This newly-stated position might begin to knock some of the wind out of the bill’s supporters’ sails. The earlier reports on the IRCU’s position was cited by Martin Ssempa and three other pastors in their recent letter to Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren. The letter, which calls on Warren to apologize for condemning Uganda’s proposed anti-gay legislation, justified their position this way:

Please note that on Friday 11th December, more than 200 of Uganda\’s top religious leaders met and supported the legislators in strengthening the law against homosexuality.  (Church leaders back anti-gay bill.) The issue is, we all want the law on homosexuality, the only debate is on what penalties are appropriate.

Click here to see BTB\’s complete coverage of recent anti-gay developments in Uganda.

Lynn David

December 22nd, 2009

Hah! Martin Ssempa playing loose and fast with the truth.

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