2 – Ugandan Christian calls for death penalty for gays October 29, 2010
After Uganda’s Rolling Stone (no relation to the US version) published a list of the nation’s “top gays” with the comment “hang them,” Ugandan Parliament member David Bahati told CNN he felt “confident” that legislation imposing the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” would soon become law.
David Bahati, a purported member of the evangelical group known as The Fellowship, earlier proclaimed his desire “to kill every last gay person.” In this way, he could stop the “lure” of homosexuality through American and European ipods and cellphones.
Bahati, you may recall, was disinvited from the White House Prayer Breakfast.
What did the publisher of Uganda’s Rolling Stone believe would come of his publication?
- “We thought, by publishing that story, the police would investigate them, prosecute them, and hang them.”
The Christ and the Bible:
So, you want to commit genocide, but you’re not sure where to look in the Bible to justify it? That’s a tough nut to crack, Mr. Bahati and Mr. Muhame.
On one hand, there are instances in the Old Testament of large-scale killing. Most clearly,
- “When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city. They devoted the city to the LORD and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.” (Joshua 6: 20-21)
- “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’” (1 Samuel 15:2-3)
On the other hand, you run into the whole
- “You shall not murder.” (Exodus 20:13)
And then Jesus, giving a hat-tip to the Big Ten,
- “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’” (Matthew 5:21)
And there’s the whole pesky peace business:
- “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” (John 14:27)
In the Book of James, perhaps we find a distinction between the murders of a “just war” and what Mr. Bahati and Mr. Muhame desire:
- “Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you…You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.” (James 5:1,6)
Conclusion: Turns out the Bible does not support the genocide of gays, no matter how many ipods or cellphones are brought into your country. Rats.
You may find better luck justifying a genocide with this group, though you’ll have to read very, very selectively.