Christian Leaders Speak Out Against Injustice in Uganda
Last week, David Gibson asked “if Uganda executes gays, will American Christians be complicit?” It’s the right question to ask– living out our faith requires examining potential complicity in the face of injustice, whether such complicity be from our actions, or from our willingness to stand idly by. As Dan pointed out, “part of standing up for what’s right is standing up to what’s wrong and calling out those who perpetrate injustice.” In an effort to do just that, American Christian leaders came together today to stand up and call out against the injustices of a proposed piece of legislation in Uganda, the “Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2009.”
The statement grew out of a shared feeling among American Christian leaders that given the long history of US Christian involvement in Uganda and the fact that the influence of US Christianity is being implicated, they needed to make their voices heard. These leaders are speaking out against what they see as an affront to Christian values:
As followers of the teachings of Christ, we must express profound dismay at a bill currently before the Parliament in Uganda. The “Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2009″ would enforce lifetime prison sentences and in some cases the death penalty for homosexual behavior, as well as punish citizens for not reporting their gay and lesbian neighbors to the authorities.
…In our efforts to imitate the Good Samaritan, we stand in solidarity with those Ugandans beaten…and left abandoned by the side of the road because of hatred, bigotry and fear. Especially during this holy season of Advent, when the global Christian community prepares in hope for the light of Christ to break through the darkness, we pray that they are comforted by God’s love.
Click here to see the full statement and list of signatories.