Saturday, December 05, 2009

Rick Warren's Role In the Uganda "Kill Gays" Bill

Candidly, I have always found Rick Warren to be a sleazy, bloated snake oil merchant and modern day Pharisee in the worse sense of the word. That Barrack Obama had the stupidity to allow Warren to give the Inaugural invocation still disgusts me. Now, with the international focus on the extraordinary homophobia in Uganda and the proposed "kill gays" legislation before that nation's lunatic Parliament, further scrutiny is revealing that Warren's foul stench is very much involved in the push for the horrific anti-gay legislation. If Obama continues to have any connections with Warren whatsoever, it will speak volumes about Obama and none of it will be good. Moreover, it will be further corroboration that Obama's campaign cynically manipulated LGBT Americans for their money and their votes while meaning nothing stated about gay equality. Talk2Action has a piece that looks at Rick Warren's connection to what's happening in Uganda and which confirms my initial instincts about Warren. Here are some highlights:
In 2008 Rick Warren declared that, following Rwanda, Uganda was the world's second official "Purpose Driven" nation. Uganda is currently in the news because of a bill before the Ugandan legislature that would establish the death penalty for homosexual acts and, critics charge, might even require the execution of HIV-positive Ugandan citizens.
Some observers have wondered if Purpose Driven Life author and mega-evangelist Rick Warren has had a role in the globally controversial bill, especially because of Warren's close association with Ugandan anti-gay activist Martin Ssempa and, more broadly, because Warren has refused to denounce the anti-gay bill. To little notice, a charismatic network overseen by Warren's doctoral dissertation advisor, C. Peter Wagner, has played a major role in politically organizing and inspiring the Ugandan legislators who have spearheaded the anti-gay bill.
Both Wagner and Warren have designed elaborate infrastructures for blurring the lines between church and state. Wagner describes his movement as the “New Apostolic Reformation” and openly espouses his goals of reorganizing and mobilizing the church to take Christian “dominion” over government and society. Warren’s movement is described as a “second reformation” in the form of his P.E.A.C.E. plan, but his goals of rapid “expansion of the kingdom” in Uganda and elsewhere closely parallel those of Wagner's.
Both C. Peter Wagner and Rick Warren want to transform the world, and both have proclaimed the advent of a second Reformation. Wagner claims the New Apostolic Reformation began in 2001. Rick Warren's "second reformation" is "purpose driven" and powered by his 2005 launch of a global P.E.A.C.E. Plan. In Uganda both visions for societal transformation appear to include the categorical elimination of homosexuality - by any means. *
the methods portrayed are conceptually medieval, and the agenda is theocratic and Christian supremacist. One Ugandan blogger labels the Transformations ideology as "political Christianity" and an import of the Western world. . . . Beyond its anti-gay animus, C. Peter Wagner's movement is also virulently anti-Catholic.
Warren has supported the role of Archbishops Orombi, Peter Akinola of Nigeria, and Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda as leaders in the GAFCON/CFA realignment of the Anglican church on the issue of homosexuality. As reported in a March 29, 2008 story from the news service, in March 2008 Rick Warren attended a conference of Ugandan Anglican Bishops who were protesting the Church of England's tolerance for homosexuality. AllAfrica, reporting on his appearance, summarized Warren's quotes as "homosexuality is not a natural way of life and thus not a human right," and directly quoted Warren as stating, "We shall not tolerate this aspect at all."
Is Rick Warren's "second reformation" the same as C. Peter Wagner's New Apostolic Reformation? Wagner is quite open about his goal of merging church and state - it is the core of his ideology. Warren's P.E.A.C.E. plan has been publicly characterized as altruistic public service but what is this "Purpose Driven" world that Warren envisions?
On April 17, 2005 at California’s Anaheim Stadium, Rick Warren told approximately 30,000 who had gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Saddleback Church, . . "For the past 18 months we have been on a stealth, secret mission - project - around the world. We've been sending members out, actually over 4500 members somewhere overseas, over the period of the the last few years, going out to do what we're gonna call the PEACE plan... Warren continued by asking what his audience could accomplish if they had the absolute dedication of the followers of Hitler, Lenin, and Mao, and told the crowd they must do "whatever it takes" for the "New Reformation" and the global expansion of the kingdom. [See video below]

C. Peter Wagner's former student Rick Warren also has a formula for breaking down the walls of separation of church and state and building a Christian kingdom on earth.
Who are the enemies that Richard Duane Warren believes must be eliminated to fulfill his utopian vision? Perhaps "Purpose Driven" Uganda gives us a clue.

Take a good look. This is the man Obama picked to give the Inaugural invocation. It was a travesty then and it's a travesty now that this bigot is not being expsed for the dangerous religious extremist that he is in fact.


Julián said...

Que vergüenza y que decepción me produce Obama y particularmente la inútil e imbecil izquierda Americana que se ve incapáz de ponerle freno a la loca carrera de la derecha cristiana.

Pero seamos sinceros Michael: la ambigüedad de Obama respecto a la derecha cristiana y los derechos de los gays (no debemos olvidar que Obama es, ante todo un político, y por tanto miente más que habla) se debe o a que los demócratas (incluidos los asesores de Obama) le tienen pánico a la derecha cristiana (porque saben que tu país está carcomido por el fanatismo religioso) o simplemente temen perder el voto del ala demócrata conservadora y homofóbica (los "africanamericans", los hispanos, los demócratas sureños).

Y me temo que Obama no hará nada más por el avance de los derechos de los gays, las elecciones del 2010 están a la vuelta de la esquina y se espera el descalabro de los demócratas.

Tu país me parece ingobernable, lo siento, pero es que así es como lo veo.

Julián said...

Y respecto al video, simplemente me parece asqueroso, terrorífico, y me alarma, porque, dios, pero ¿cómo es posible que tu país haya llegado a ese límite? ¿te has puesto a pensar que quizás la guerra contra el terrorismo que emprendió Bush no sea sino la lucha de dos fundamentalismos religiosos (el cristiano y el Islam)? ¿dónde están los Americanos inteligentes, directores de Universidades tan prestigiosas como Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley, Yale, Princeton? ¿no deberían ser estos los que deben estar cerca de Obama?