I fell behind again. My apologies. I guess I don’t want to write crappy “So sorry, not today” posts so often? Anyway… catching up now.
I swear, I feel like I run up on this subject over and over again, just from different angles.
I dunno how aware you are about this issue, but several years ago, Uganda brought a very harsh anti-homosexuality bill forward as a proposal for law. How harsh? Basically, it would allow the government to execute homosexuals, people that test positive for HIV, pedophiles and repeat offenders. Ignoring how pedophiles managed to get bundled up with homosexuals, the bill was hugely criticized by the international community and it was shot down.
In that it was really only tabled to come back to like right about now. It’s the infamous “Kill the Gays” bill, and those in the Ugandan government are keen on having it passed before the new year.
It’s okay, though. Apparently, it’s no longer about killing the gays. No, apparently they decided to take out all the parts about killing gays, maybe to get people to be okay with the law. Instead, it’s just about protecting children from gay pornography (as opposed to all pornography), banning gay marriage, “counseling” gays and punishing those that “promote a gay lifestyle.” Jail is a potential punishment for all of those ill-defined crimes, and the jail time isn’t very specifically laid out. So, from execution to indefinite detention… I suppose there’s a silver lining to be found, but it’s mighty faint.
This bill is pretty heinous and flies in the face of everything the world has (unfortunately slowly) been coming to accept as basic human rights. It highlights the underlying hatred for homosexuals still hugely prevalent in Africa, as ignorance blames homosexuals for the AIDS epidemic that has swept through the continent.
What may be equally as disturbing, however, is the reactions of “Christian” Americans, prominent preachers, praising Uganda and even going as far as defending the bill.
I don’t know how many times I’ll have to come to this subject, the subject of the most popular religion in the world, one I personally ascribe to, having major vocal proponents butt heads with its most basic and simplistic tenets, much less butt heads with basic human decency. So many “Christians” cry and wail about the growth of “Godlessness” in the Western world… they can’t seem to comprehend that, more often than not, it is their vicious hatred, their discrimination and acceptance of violence toward those they’ve deemed as “sinful,” that drives people away from God. And if Christianity is right, they’re going to find themselves quite surprised in the end.
It’s a plague on decency, a plague on Christianity, a plague on humanity that people can still think and act like this. We have the Family Research Council President Tony Perkins giving the Ugandan dictator a big hug over Twitter, praising him for leading his nation in repentance. We have Pastor Kevin Odor of the Canyon Ridge megachurch in Nevada going to bat for both the bill and for Martin Ssempa, one of the more prominent backers of the bill. The church is even helping support him financially.
What happened to “He who is without sin?” To “Judge lest not ye be judged?” To “as you have done for the least of my people on earth, so have you done for me in heaven?” The Good Samaritan? Loving thy neighbor? Pretty much ANYTHING Jesus EVER said in the Bible?
It’s no wonder that “militant” atheists, the ones that actively go out to bash and tear apart at religion, so often bring up Adolf Hitler as a Christian. Sure, Hitler used Christian sentiment in his speeches and, in doing so, committed the most heinous mass crimes in our world’s history. But, honestly, with people like these pastors walking around, with people paying them to say and do these things, with no chastisement from the Christian base, it’s no wonder that people think Hitler really was a Christian.
There’s really only one mark by which you can actually tell if someone’s a Christian or not. 1 John 4:8 and 4:20 say “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. […] Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” If you hate a brother or sister, if you hate, then you don’t know God. If you don’t know God, you’re not a Christian. And if you’re giving Uganda and their heinous, evil bill any sort of praise or support? You’re not a Christian.