Three and a half months after her loud no comment to me, Joyce Meyer Ministries issued a statement to Change.org denouncing Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Joyce Meyer is on television everyday there and has invested much money and goodwill in good works there. If known, this statement should have some positive impact. Here is her statement:
From: Joyce Meyer Ministries
Date: Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 3:03 PM
It is increasingly evident that the proposed “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” introduced in the Ugandan parliament is a profoundly offensive, dangerous and disturbing attack on the very foundation of individual liberties and human rights afforded not only to the good citizens of Uganda, but on the at-large global community.
If enacted, this hostile legislation will also further, and adversely, serve as a major setback in the global health efforts to combat Uganda’s AIDS epidemic and reduce the record-high infection rates among the country’s HIV population, an already at-risk community that could be further ostracized, threatened, and targeted as potential criminals.
Our missions and ministry message has always been to teach that the Word of God is about helping people – all people – learn that God loves them and has a purpose for their lives, not put guilt or condemnation on them.
As a global society, we do not have to agree, endorse or condone the lifestyle choices of others. However, history has taught us that we equally cannot and should not excuse those who would hide behind religion or misuse God’s word to justify bigotry and persecution.
With this statement, our motivation and intent is not to interfere with Uganda’s political agenda or internal affairs. As believers, however, we have a moral and ethical duty that compels us to speak out against injustice wherever it may be in the world.
Joyce Meyer Ministries
This is a solid statement from a leading charismatic leader and one that I hope she will make sure gets some awareness in Uganda.