Martin SSempa: proponent of the Ugandan anti-gay bill

 It has been reported in the news of a disturbing legislation being proposed   by the Uganda’s government.   

  

An anti-gay bill in Uganda that proposes the death penalty and long prison sentences for homosexual acts. Uganda’s Parliament — encouraged by American evangelicals (who converted Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni) — in October introduced a new draft legislation, The Anti-Homosexuality Bill, that will “… greatly expand criminal penalties against lesbians and gays.” Currently, “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature” carries a sentence of up to 7+ years imprisonment under Uganda’s penal code. The proposed legislation seeks to imprison anyone convicted of “the offense of homosexuality” for life, while “aggravated homosexuality,” will incur the death penalty.    

 Family and friends face prison if they fail to report them. Landlords could be imprisoned for renting to homosexuals. The Bill, still being debated in Kampala, was proposed after a visit  by US Christian ministry leaders. A rally opposing it will be held in London    

Another report says:    

 

   

 Not all of Uganda’s Christians wish to make martyrs of gays. Some pastors are opposing the bill and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said the proposal is too tough. Human rights watchers predict the bill will be toned down to exclude capital punishment     

 Ethics and Integrity Minister James Nsaba Buturo said.       

Today any elected politician who opposed the legislation would lose their posts in next elections. A parliamentary and presidential vote is scheduled to take place in Uganda next year.   “Supporting the homosexuals is political suicide,” he said. “People can be given an opportunity to change to a better way of life. I am personally looking after some people who have reformed,” Buturo said, without elaborating.     

 America is putting pressure on Uganda leadership to drop this legislation or suffer trade restrictions.     

 The State Department says     

 The draft bill in Uganda has been sent to the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, and no hearing or further action related to the bill is scheduled. As has been widely reported in the press, President Museveni warned in a January 20 speech to his party’s National Executive Council that the bill was having a negative impact on Uganda’s foreign policy interests and urged caution. He has also established a committee within the Executive Branch of his government to review the bill and make recommendations. We consider his statements and recent actions as positive, albeit preliminary steps, and we will continue a regular and frank dialogue with Ugandans on this issue.     

 And just as interestingly, the letter also says more expansively about gay rights in Africa     

 The State Department is also evaluating attitudes and laws that marginalize and criminalize and penalize the LGBT community in Africa more broadly. We have asked all of our embassies in Africa to report on host country laws and pending legislation that criminalizes homosexuality. In addition, our Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor has established a task force on LGBT issues to strategize a United States Government response to LBGT issues worldwide.     

 The fundamental element     

 As Uganda is believed to be 85% Christian this has opened up the country for what is believed to be some experimentation by American Christian extremist.     

 Enter Rick Warren     

 Warren had already implemented his “Purpose Driven Nation” plan in Rwanda with the help of President Paul Kagame. The idea, using the acronym PEACE (Plant churches/changed to Promote reconciliation, Equip leaders, Assist the poor, Care for the sick, Educate the next generation) is to create countries that reflect the Christian ethic.     

 There can be no doubt Rick Warren methodology and involvement with Rwanda’s president makes his plan a political one.   Next he set his sights on Uganda.     

 When Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill was proposed, Warren was strangely quiet. He did cut ties in late 2009 with Martin Ssempa, a Ugandan pastor that started organizing anti-gay rallies (Ssempa took “abstinence” programs to a new level by sponsoring condom-burnings – which at the time Warren apparently didn’t think conflicted with the “Educate” part of his PEACE plan).     

 But when asked to comment on the law, Warren initially refused, stating that:     

 “It is not my personal calling as a pastor in America to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations.”     

 Uganda like many of the African nations have a huge problem with HIV and AIDS      

 However that is totally incorrect as he has already interfered by implementing his purpose driven program in both Rwanda and Uganda. By pumping money into those nations for “abstinence programs” in place of real HIV/AIDS prevention measures and birth control.  This in turn has created a huge problem of unwanted births and exasperated conditions in certain regions.  In some places parents have died of AIDS, leaving their children to grow up alone.  In some cases the children themselves are HIV.  Having contracted it from their parents.  .     

 Warren finally was forced to issue a Christmas video message to Ugandans on his website. He urged Uganda pastors to not support the bill – but before giving his five reasons for doing so, first offered a disclaimer of sorts:     

 “While we can never deny or water down what God’s Word clearly teaches about sexuality, at the same time the church must stand to protect the dignity of all individuals — as Jesus did and commanded all of us to do.     

 That is not what Jesus said, Warren is a proven false teacher and profound liar.  Originally a promoter of prop 8, but when it became too hot in the kitchen he turned around and apologised to the homosexual community and denied ever being in favour of proposition 8.     

 If anyone knows if this Uganda bill has been squashed or passed let me know.  If I find anything I will report it.     

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Comments
  1. Gerard Iga says:

    you are examining Warren’s views here.what are your own views on homosexuality and on the bill? where do you stand? and i find it funny,that “martyrs of gays” statement.do you know what the word martyrs means?

  2. You have several factual errors here.

    1. Your picture is of Warren and Paul Kagame, not Martin Ssempa.

    2. Warren broke ties with Ssempa in 2007, and announced that publicly as the result of Ssempa’s advocacy of the bill in 2009.

    3. Warren initially made the statement you attribute to him but then several weeks later issued a You Tube video and strongly worded statement denouncing the bill directly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jmGu9o4fDE. Any readers here should review it. Your description of it does not do it justice. It was very helpful in Uganda and helped stall the bill.

    The bill is still in committee but has not had any hearings scheduled and may die there. If evangelicals like Warren did not speak when they did the bill might have passed.

  3. Thanks for the ups on the picture. I will check it out and remove accordingly.

    Concerning the Bill. I could not find any further information on this subject. and wondered what was the present issues. As this was proposed at the beginning of the year. Update would be helpful which you have given.

    On the subject of Homosexuality I would come down on the Biblical side and consider it a sin. In the same way I would come down on adultery by Hetrosexuals. Sex out of marriage and such like. So what are your views?

    Having homosexuals being executed. No that would not sit comfortably in any form or fashion. The subject of martyredom would be applied if this bill did pass in its origional format. Which is how that community would see it.

    If some of the information is inncorrect I must appologise and therefore recheck my sources.

    We can never force people to repent based on political legislation. It simply would not work. Nor creating what amounts to a police state would never work either. That has already been tried and failed. However Warren has been known to say one thing and then do the opposite. Martin Ssempa has hit back by saying that Warren says one thing in Uganda and another in America. It has been stated that in In March 2008, U.S. evangelical leader Rick Warren told Ugandans that homosexuality is not a natural way of life and thus not a human right. Which is why many do not totally trust Warrens motives or his methods. So there appear to be a connection. Is it possible then that Ssempa may have been misinformed on what Warren meant? And could such a statement be misunderstood? In that sense it has to be left to ponder.

    The full transcript of this video has already been published :

    Dear fellow pastors in Uganda,

    I greet you in the name and love of Jesus Christ as I send this encyclical video to the pastors of the churches of Uganda with greetings from your fellow pastors around the world. May grace and peace be with you this Christmas season.

    We are all familiar with Edmund Burke’s insight that, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” That is why I’m sharing my heart with you today. As an American pastor, it is not my role to interfere with the politics of other nations, but it IS my role to speak out on moral issues. It is my role to shepherd other pastors who look to me for guidance, and it is my role to correct lies, errors, and false reports when others associate my name with a law that I had nothing to do with, completely oppose, and vigorously condemn. I am referring to the pending law under consideration by the Ugandan Parliament, known as the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

    As a pastor, I’ve found the most effective way to build consensus for social change is usually through direct quiet diplomacy and behind the scenes dialogue, rather than through media. But because I didn’t rush to make a public statement, some erroneously concluded that I supported this terrible bill, and some even claimed I was a sponsor of the bill. You in Uganda know that is untrue.

    I am releasing this video to you and your congregations to correct these untruths and to urge you to make a positive difference at this critical point in your nation.

    While we can never deny or water down what God’s Word clearly teaches about sexuality, at the same time the church must stand to protect the dignity of all individuals — as Jesus did and commanded all of us to do.

    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. Jesus also taught us that the greatest commandment is to love our neighbors as ourselves. Since God created all, and Jesus suffered and died for all, then we are to treat all with respect. The Great Commandment has been the centerpiece of my life and ministry for over 35 years.

    Of course, there are thousands of evil laws enacted around the world and I cannot speak to pastors about every one of them, but I am taking the extraordinary step of speaking to you — the pastors of Uganda and spiritual leaders of your nation — for five reasons:

    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.

    Second, the law would force pastors to report their pastoral conversations with homosexuals to authorities.

    Third, it would have a chilling effect on your ministry to the hurting. As you know, in Africa, it is the churches that are bearing the primary burden of providing care for people infected with HIV/AIDS. If this bill passed, homosexuals who are HIV positive will be reluctant to seek or receive care, comfort and compassion from our churches out of fear of being reported. You and I know that the churches of Uganda are the truly caring communities where people receive hope and help, not condemnation.

    Fourth, ALL life, no matter how humble or broken, whether unborn or dying, is precious to God. My wife Kay and I have devoted our lives and our ministry to saving the lives of people, including homosexuals, who are HIV positive. It would be inconsistent to save some lives and wish death on others. We’re not just pro-life. We are whole life.

    Finally, the freedom to make moral choices, and our right to free expression are gifts endowed by God. Uganda is a democratic country with a remarkable and wise people, and in a democracy everyone has a right to speak up. For these reasons, I urge you, the pastors of Uganda, to speak out against the proposed law.

    My role, and the role of the PEACE Plan, whether in Uganda or any other country, is always pastoral, not political. I vigorously oppose anything that hinders the goals of the PEACE Plan: Promoting reconciliation, Equipping ethical leaders, Assisting the poor, Caring for the sick, and Educating the next generation, which includes the protection of children.

    Please know that you and the people of Uganda are in my constant prayers. This Christmas season I pray you will experience the three purposes of Christmas as announced by the angel at the birth of Christ. First, the angel said, “I bring you good news of great joy.” Christmas is a time of celebration — Jesus is the Good News for the whole world. God came to earth to be with us! Next, the angel said, “For unto us is born this day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord!” Christmas is a time for salvation. If we didn’t need a Savior, God would not have sent one. Finally, the angel said, “Peace on earth, good will toward men.” Christmas is a time for reconciliation. The message of Christmas is good cheer, good news, and good will for the whole world.

    It is my prayer that the churches and people of Uganda will experience all three of these this season. May God bless you; and may God bless the nation of Uganda.

    Christmas 2009

    There are one or two issue I have concerning this speech which I will have to relate too in another article if I intend to do it justice.

  4. The debate continues with Martin Ssempa responding to Rick Warren letter. Ssempa explains the anti homosexual law and why and what is in it. Personnaly he defends it quite brilliantly

    PART 2

    Martin Ssempa runs rings around Warren and reveals Warrens duplicity which he is quite famous for.

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