The invite is official: Maddow wants Warren on-air
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow wants the United States most visible evangelical pastor and alleged associate of 'The Family', Rick Warren, on-air to denounce Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality bill 2009. Maddow extended the invitation to Rick Warren from her show last night.
Night after night, Maddow, who is 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 gay 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 -- last fall in support of Proposition 8, which rolled back gay marriage in California.
The so-called "gay death bill" or "Bahati Bill", and those allegedly associated with it, have come under harsh scrutiny over the past week since revelations came to light in an NPR appearance by Jeff Sharlet, author of "The Family". "The Family" is an investigative look at a US fundamentalist group at the heart of Uganda's anti-gay law.
It all started when Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism At The Heart Of American Power, went on NPR last week and told the nation that the secretive, 70-year-old, D.C.-based group of global power players known as "The Family" was behind the most hate-filled piece of genocidal legislation since the Nuremberg Laws in Germany during WWII. The Family's current leader, Doug Coe, has been labeled a fascist sympathizer, saying Hitler was evil, but he "unders[t]ood the meaning of power."
Warren was standoffish when he was first asked about his connections to the proposed Ugandan law this week, saying he couldn't interfere with another nation's politics. Many considered this no good excuse for not speaking out, since Warren leads the PEACE plan, which works with politicians in several nations in Africa, including Uganda.
Several high-profile names in D.C. started popping up (all of them mentioned in The Family) including Senator Chuck Grassley, claiming a flood of ignorance about the proposed Ugandan law.
Then, lo and behold, Uganda drops the death penalty and life imprisonment for gays.
According to Uganda's Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity, James Nsaba Buturo, who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting, the 'refined version' of the anti-homosexuality bill is expected to be ready for presentation to The Parliament of the Republic of Uganda in two weeks. The death penalty and life imprisonment penalties are being dropped to attract the support of religious leaders who are opposed to the penalties.
Whether or not Warren will accept Maddow's invitation to come on her show remains unclear. It would seem the man who gave the convocation to America at President Obama's inauguration would jump at the chance to clear his name to Maddow's considerable following and not devote so much of his time to Fox News.
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Previously on NowPublic by this Author:
Uganda to drop death penalty, life imprisonment for gays (Dec. 10, 2009)
No visible ties, Christian leaders denounce Uganda anti-gay bill (Dec. 9, 2009)
It's not so invisible anymore: 'The Family's' influence in Uganda (Nov. 28, 2009)
Brown joins Harper against Uganda's Anti-homosexuality Bill 2009 (Nov. 28, 2009)
Harper to raise issue of Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill at Summit (Nov. 26, 2009)
US fundamentalist group at heart of Uganda's anti-gay law (November 26, 2009)
Uganda anti-gay bill has potential to divide Commonwealth leaders (November 25, 2009)
Museveni claims European gays are 'recruiting' Ugandan citizens (November 23, 2009)
Jefferson Awards winner recognizes genocide looming in Uganda (October 21, 2009)
Uganda's Daily Monitor raises its voice on behalf of defenseless (October 20, 2009)
Did Exodus conference in Uganda unleash anti-gay vigilantism? (October 19, 2009)
Human rights groups blast Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009 (October 18, 2009)
Exodus International Holding Bryce Faulkner Hostage? (July 16, 2009)