Rachel Maddow to Rev. Rick Warren: Come on air to denounce anti-gay Uganda bill

The invite is official: Rachel Maddow wants Rev. Rick Warren, the nation's most visible evangelical pastor right now, on her MSNBC show.

Night after night, Maddow, who is openly gay, has been hammering conservative U.S. evangelical leaders and politicians for failing to speak out promptly, loudly and clearly against a bill in Uganda that would criminalize homosexuality.

After days of being blasted by name, a few politicians have now issued statements against the bill, just recently toned down from a life imprisonment and death penalty provisions to mere jail time for being actively gay -- or even knowing someone and failing to report them. (Imagine the chaos that would create for the prevention and treatment of HIV-AIDS, apart from legitimizing hate.)

Earlier this week, Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life and leader of vast social action networks in Africa under his PEACE plan, issued his first specific denunciation of the legislation, days after initially saying he couldn't interfere in another nation's politics.

Thursday night, Maddow invited Warren, who spoke to his immense Saddleback Church congregation by video -- and hence to the world -- in support of Prop.8 last fall, helping to roll back gay marriage in California.

Meanwhile, still no word from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, spiritual head of the third largest Christian denomination, the worldwide Anglican Communion with millions of adherents in Uganda.

Williams has released his 2009 World Aids Day video on Dec. 1 talking about the dangers of silence on HIV. Six days later, he issued a statement of distress about the election of a lesbian priest as an assistant bishop in Los Angeles, saying it...

"Raises very serious questions not just for the Episcopal Church and its place in the Anglican Communion."

But on Uganda, and a plan to jail people who love outside the lines of heterosexuality -- zip.

Wonder if Maddow can draw Williams and Warren on a double bill?

What moral ills would drive you to speak out -- even it it means telling other people -- or another country -- how to live?


USA Today

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