Tell Rick Warren, John Stott and Douglas Carew to tell the Association of Evangelicals in
Africa (AEA) to Denounce the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009.
October 19, 2009
Sample Letter to Rick Warren, John Stott and Douglas Carew

I am writing you because I am greatly distressed about proposed legislation in Uganda which if passed could
lead to the systematic elimination of a certain segment of society. Already, citizens have left Uganda out of
fear for their safety. I am writing about the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 that would, by use of the
death penalty and imprisonment, effectively purge Uganda of LGBT people (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and
transgender) and any who would speak out on their behalf.

I am concerned that evangelicals in Africa may be turning a deaf ear towards the  Parliament of Uganda at
this time.

In 2006, the ABC Editorial Board of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA) published the Africa Bible
Commentary which features Nigerian religious leader Yusufu Turaki's hateful and intolerant article entitled
"Homosexuality" (page 1355).

My question to you as someone who endorsed the Africa Bible Commentary (back cover of the Zondervan
publication): Does it follow, in view of Turaki's article, that you endorse the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill of
2009?  Turaki's article contains the following anti-homosexual remarks:

(a) Turaki's use of the words "abnormal, unnatural and a perversion" in reference to homosexuals; (b) his
uncritical use of the quote that "homosexuals are worse than beasts" tied in with (c) his uncritical statement
of the African Anglican church's rejection of Archbishop Tutu's call for tolerance, as well as (d) his one-sided
account of African "coercive sexual relationships" as his example of "varied" African same-sex sex; (e) an
uncritical censorship of all views of homosexuality that are not in keeping with his views ("Our views of
homosexuality should not be derived from human sources but from the Word of God"), and (f) his expressed
theological view that to be homosexual is sinful (a view not held by evangelicals in the West).

Turaki's article effectively dismisses the church from its responsibility to speak out against the violence in
Africa against LGBT people (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender). His article could be used by African
evangelicals at this time as an argument for the endorsement of the Ugandan bill.

The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 would criminalize anyone who "aids, abets, counsels or procures
another to engage in acts of homosexuality," as well as anyone who engages in the "promotion of
homosexuality," including broadcasting, publishing, the marketing materials on homosexuality, and the
funding and sponsoring of LGBT organizations.    In addition, an authority must, under this legislation, turn in
his colleagues, family, or friends who engage in the "promotion of homosexuality" or face criminal charges for
failing to do so.

It is conceivable, for example, that any pastor who would teach - or even dialogue open mindedly - that the
Bible does not condemn same-sex loving relationships between consenting adults, would be guilty of
promoting homosexuality, and therefore a criminal.  A Bible scholar in Uganda would not be at liberty to
openly question what the Bible does or does not say about homosexuality.  Any person of authority who
would fail to report such a scholar or open-minded pastor within 24 hours would be subject to a significant
fine and up to 3 years in prison.  

Anybody who keeps a house or room for the purpose of homosexuality is subject to imprisonment.  No one's
private dwelling is safe.

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill directly violates many of the basic human rights guaranteed in the Ugandan
Constitution.  It also violates the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, the International Covenant
on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and other international human rights treaties to which Uganda is a party.  

The bill effectively creates a climate of fear and hostility.  It will lend itself to misapplication and abuse, and
implicitly encourages persecution of LGBT people by private actors. Effective HIV prevention activities in
Uganda, which rely on an ability to talk frankly about sexuality and provide condoms and other safer-sex
materials, will be difficult, if not impossible.

I am aware that, for the most part, evangelicals worldwide view same-sex sex between consenting adults as
immoral.  Nonetheless, I cannot believe that evangelicals can stand silently by and watch the Parliament of
Uganda vote this inhumane bill into law, especially since evangelicals are so vehemently vocal on the issue of

Therefore, I am asking you to demonstrate that Yusufu Turaki's inflexible and dogmatic article on
"Homosexuality" is not to be misused by any evangelicals in Africa as an argument for the endorsement of the
inhumane Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 by your swift denouncement of this bill.  I urge you to
openly denounce this bill.



Religious Organization of Affiliation:

Rick Warren, John Stott and Douglas Carew
Contact Information

Pastor Rick Warren
Saddleback Church
1 Saddleback Parkway
Lake Forest, CA 92630-8700
Phone: 949 609-8080
Fax:  949 609-8002
Author, The Purpose Driven Life

Rev. Dr. John R. W. Stott
Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church
Langham Place in London, England
Mail to:
Dr. John R. W. Stott
c/o Zondervan
ATTN: Author Care
5300 Patterson SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49530

Dr. Douglas Carew
Vice Chancellor
Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (N.E.G.S.T.)
PO Box 24686
Karen 00502
Nairobi, Kenya
Phone: +254 020 3002415
+254 020 3002416
+254 020 3002417
Fax: +254 002 882906
Ugandan Bill:  Death Penalty or
Life Imprisonment for

Why Write Evangelicals

Uganda is largely evangelical.  
Uganda's hateful stance against
homosexuals is very Bible based,
they think.
Therefore, evangelicals
worldwide cannot look on and watch
the Parliament of Uganda enact laws
against homosexuals that are, as this
bill is, criminal, without speaking out.  
The evangelicals of Africa and from
outside of Africa must address their
fellow Christians of Uganda and tell
them they must, in the name of God,
stop this inhumane bill from becoming

You can take action by writing the
Ethics, Peace and Justice Commission
of the Association of Evangelicals in
Africa (AEA) as well as Executive
Board members of the AEA.  Also, you
can take action by writing Pastor Rick
Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church
and author of The Purpose Driven
Life, John R. W. Stott, and Douglas
Carew, Vice Chancellor of Nairobi
Evangelical Graduate School of

The AEA, with the endorsement of
Warren, Stott and Carew, published a
feature article on "Homosexuality" in
the Africa Bible Commentary (2006)
that in word and in spirit can be taken
as an endorsement of this
Anti-Homosexuality Bill of Uganda.  
AEA must clarify that its publication (in
partnership with Zondervan
Corporation, Grand Rapids, Michigan,
USA) does not in any way indicate
agreement with what is happening in
the Parliament of Uganda at this time.

This past week I received an email
from an Associate Member of the AEA.
The person's email was in response to
the recent Other Sheep eNews on the
Ugandan bill. This AEA Associate
Member wrote that he/she agrees with
the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009
because it is "in obedience to the
Word of God."  What is, therefore, the
position of the AEA on this bill?  
Obviously this individual was speaking
for him/herself and not necessarily
expressing what is the general
viewpoint of the members of the
Executive Board of the AEA.  
Nonetheless, this individual's email is
alarming. Does it express the viewpoint
of evangelicals throughout Africa,
especially evangelicals in leadership
like this individual? If it does,
evangelicals in Africa are on a witch
hunt and more responsible
evangelicals, both from within and
outside of Africa, need to speak out

Take action now by writing evangelical
leaders in Africa and worldwide.

Rev. Stephen Parelli
October 19, 2009
Bronx, New York
Tell the Members of the Parliament
of Uganda to STOP The
Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009.

See ILGHRC's Sample Letter and
Contact Information
Above:  Africa Bible
in which is
the featured article
Homosexuality" by
Yusufu Turaki --

  • homosexuals are
    "abnormal, unnatural
    and a perversion"
  • rejection of
    Archbishop Tutu's
    call for tolerance
  • same-sex sex as
    "coercive sexual
  • censors all other
    views on
  • to be homosexual is
    to be sinful
Below: Three Evangelical
Leaders who endorsed the
Africa Bible Commentary

Rick Warren, Pastor of the
Saddleback Church of
California and Author of
The Purpose Driven Live;

John R. W. Stott,  Rector
Emeritus of All Souls
Church, Langham Palace,

Douglas Carew, vice
chancellor, Nairobi
Evangelical Graduate
School of Theology,
Nairobi, Kenya
Photo at left:
John R. W. Stott
Rick Warren
Rick Warren with
President Obama
School of
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