Focus on the Family comes out against Uganda anti-gay law
“As a Christian organization, Focus on the Family Action (the political arm of the family group) encourages pro-family policies. As such, we respect the desire of the Ugandan people to shield their nation from the promotion of homosexuality as a lifestyle morally equivalent to one-man, one-woman marriage. But it is not morally acceptable to enact the death penalty for homosexuals, as some versions of the bill are reported to require.”
“My reaction is to denounce this. It sets a horrible precedent and has a potential for developing hatred.”
Moreover, it’s unfair to single out American evangelical leaders and organizations for not condemning the bill when many world leaders, including President Barack Obama, and human rights groups have also been silent on it.
- The White House issued a statement of opposition to the legislation on Dec. 11.
- Human Rights Watch opposition dates to the introduction of the legislation on Oct. 14.
- Amnesty International’s opposition also dates to the inception of the legislation.
- Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper took a stand against the legislation in November.
- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown denounced the legislation in November.
- Sweden’s stand against the legislation includes a threat to cut off aid and dates to November.
- The European Parliament adopted a denunciation of the legislation on Dec. 17.
- Australia’s denunciation of the legislation dates to Dec. 21.
Focus on the Family is a welcome and unexpected late-comer to the family of opponents, not yet joined by the Southern Baptist Convevtion Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
This without defending Barna’s failed attempt to exonerate the Christian Right for its well-documented role in fostering the law and to cast belated opposition as pioneering.
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