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‘Conservative Anglican leaders’ more worried about PR than prison sentences

“We are equally concerned for the affected communities in Chile from the recent earthquake, terrorist attacks in Kenya, and the backlash from the international community in Uganda from their new legislation.” — statement from the Global Anglican Future Conference, released Saturday (April 26)

That new Ugandan legislation is Orwellian in the worst sense of the term, as it requires citizens to report to the police anyone suspected of being gay,” in the words of the Religion News Service. 

So, to follow the Jesus who said, “neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more,” one must rat out “suspected” gays who, if convicted, could face “life in prison,” the RNS says.

But the Global Anglican Future Conference equates the backlash against this horrible law with earthquakes and terrorism.

There’s your Bible-believing community, Uganda-style — or is that Soviet style? Or Big Brother style?

No, no, no — of course not. Jesus said, “I did not fulfill the law. Go and find sinners, and punish them. And if your sin isn’t opposed by national legislation, throw the first stone.” He said that, somewhere, Ugandan politicians and conservative Anglicans are sure of it. Tyranny without end, Amen.

Religious liberty and thought crimes

When the mechanism for punishing conscience is established by law, any political power that takes control will use the mechanism to punish those with opposing ideas. The mechanism is neutral, and eventually, you’ll be on the opposite side of the controlling power. You could avoid this by not allowing the mechanisms for punishing conscience to be established by law. Has anyone ever changed another person’s conscience by coercion? Forced underground, conscience eventually re-emerges, angrier and stronger. Beware of well-intended mechanisms that can be turned against you when the center of power shifts. Beware of politically suppressing a group with which you disagree.

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A protester wearing breathing gas mask. Photo by Mstyslav Chernov