Rick Warren, the evangelical pastor who drew fire last January when he gave the invocation at President Obama’s inauguration, is to be lauded for his fortitude. In a videotaped statement released last week, Warren condemned proposed legislation in Uganda that would increase penalties for homosexual behavior. (Earlier versions included the death penalty for certain homosexual acts. Now homosexuality—and advocating for homosexuals—are merely criminal acts, subject to stiff fines and long prison terms.) “I completely oppose” the law, Warren said. He called it “unjust, extreme, and un-Christian.”
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Lisa Miller is a contributing editor at New York magazine. She is the former religion columnist for the Washington Post, former senior editor of Newsweek magazine, and author of “Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife.” She is a multi-year winner of the New York Newswomen’s Club prize for feature writing and has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award.