''Let me be clear that God's Word states that all sex outside of marriage is not what God intends. Jesus reaffirmed what Moses wrote that marriage is intended to be between one man and one woman committed to each other for life....First, the potential law is unjust, extreme and un-Christian toward homosexuals, requiring the death penalty in some cases. If I am reading the proposed bill correctly, this law would also imprison anyone convicted of homosexual practice.''
Parts of a press release from Rick Warren, a California preacher with a best-selling book, where he repeatedly defends his own history of associations with key persons behind Uganda's proposed the "kill the gays bill." He has come under harsh fire from gay-supportive news organizations for the last two weeks. Evidence has come forth that Rick Warren, the C Street "Family," the US ex-gay movement, and a number of members of the US Congress have questionable ties to Uganda's extremely anti-gay religious leaders and top political figures. The "Anti-Homosexuality Bill," as many others have reported recently, appears to have been crafted in response to that country's AIDS crisis but combined with it's alleged anti-gay cultural beliefs. Some of the money sent from the US to Uganda has landed in the lap of those leaders as "AIDS Relief" funds under George W. Bush's multi-billion dollar PEPFAR program. Rick Warren on ''Meet the Press'' acknowledged some kind of close association with PEPFAR, and here pooh-poohs his history with certain backers of this legislation from Uganda. It's said that the country has turned away from a safe-sex condom distribution program, and signed onto PEPFAR's strong emphasis on abstinence-only education. Now, it appears that the seeds of the ex-gay, anti-gay involvement of socially conservative US citizens has culminated in the form of this horrible legislation. On a marginally a less bleak note, the "Ethics" minister of Uganda stated just recently that this horrible bill is to be reintroduced without the call for execution of gays by hanging, yet the prison sentences for all gays is to remain. (Rick Warren News)