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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.

‘Tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims’

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

– C. S. Lewis, in “The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment,” from God in the Dock