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Rick Warren Refuses To Condemn Proposed Ugandan Law To Execute Gays

Newsweek tried to get Warren’s reaction to the anti-gay work of Martin Ssempa, a Ugandan pastor who has come to his Saddleback Church multiple times. (Warren has distanced himself from Ssempa in general terms, saying the Ugandan minister does not represent him or his church.) Warren wouldn’t reject the idea:

But Warren won’t go so far as to condemn the legislation itself. A request for a broader reaction to the proposed Ugandan anti-homosexual laws generated this response: “The fundamental dignity of every person, our right to be free, and the freedom to make moral choices are gifts endowed by God, our creator. However, it is not my personal calling as a pastor in America to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations.” On Meet the Press this morning, he reiterated this neutral stance in a different context: “As a pastor, my job is to encourage, to support. I never take sides.” Warren did say he believed that abortion was “a holocaust.” He knows as well as anyone that in a case of great wrong, taking sides is an important thing to do.

Ssempa has also burned condoms “in the name of Jesus,” helping roll back a highly successful anti-AIDS campaign in Uganda.

Warren who is pro government control of every woman’s uterus, thinks he might be on shaky moral ground for condemning the death sentence for people having sex. Its not just homosexuals, but by discouraging the use of condoms he does not seem to think much of women or heterosexuals either. Its not hard to believe that an evangelical does not understand the importance of societal pressure in effecting change whether its in Utah or Uganda, its impossible.

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Families can be wonderful, but they can be stressful too. The same dynamic goes for holidays. Put both together and you get a low level jolt of the flight-or- fight response. The chemicals released when you’re feeling stressed give your autoimmune system a beating, Seeing family for the holidays? Scientists discover how the stress might kill you

“Ever since Hans Seyle’s groundbreaking work on stress, scientists have been trying to understand why stressful situations often exacerbate autoimmune diseases and cause re-emergence of latent infections,” said John Wherry, Ph.D., Deputy Editor of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology. “In true fight or flight situations, stress can be a lifesaver, but understanding how the neurological response to the stress of everyday events such as seeing your family around the holidays impacts immune responses should provide opportunities for new therapies.”

To be fair it is also probably true that visiting family and friends can be a stress reducer. After all you are away from the back stabbers and two faced morons at work.