Warren’s man in Uganda is a charismatic pastor named Martin Ssempa. The head of the Makerere Community Church, a rapidly growing congregation, Ssempe enjoys close ties to his country’s First Lady, Janet Museveni, and is a favorite of the Bush White House. In the capitol of Kampala, Ssempa is known for his boisterous crusading. Ssempa’s stunts have included burning condoms in the name of Jesus and arranging the publication of names of homosexuals in cooperative local newspapers while lobbying for criminal penalties to imprison them.
Huh, just what I blagged about yesterday (Senegal, not Uganda).
Ssempa believes that HIV/AIDS can be eliminated in his generation. “We already have a vaccine: abstinence and strong marriages,” he said.
Ssempa knows firsthand the difference God’s plan for sexuality makes in someone’s life. Before he was a Christian, he lived promiscuously – something that should have killed him, he said. Then he met people who lived lives of purity, and they shared the Gospel with him. Now he encourages others to follow God’s plan for purity. Learn more about Pastor Ssempa’s ministry: Using ‘edutainment’ to prevent HIV on a university campus
“The Church is called to champion healthy behaviors by promoting sexual abstinence – purity – for the unmarried and strong, mutually faithful marriages,” he said. “It should also promote people getting tested to know their HIV status for healthy choices.”
One simple, cost-free way any church can champion healthy behavior is by holding a ceremony for all church members to make pledges – one for married people and another for singles – where they vow to follow God’s plan for sexuality and to encourage others to do the same. These should be times of celebration, where church members affirm each other’s commitments to following God’s plan for purity.
Ssempa acknowledged, though, that some faithful spouses are married to someone who is unfaithful. “In the case of discordant couples, special arrangements have to be made to ensure that one spouse does not infect the other,” he said.
Oh, well then. What are we doing listening to those uneducated twats at UNAIDS and the CDC on HIV/AIDS, when we have geniuses like Rick Warren and Voodoo Ssempa at our disposal? Of course more ‘abstinence only’ education is whats gonna eliminate AIDS!! Such revolutionary ideas, Warren and Ssempa should have won the Nobel last year!
Radical Christians can never be AIDS advocates because they dont care about HIV/AIDS. They care about saving souls for Jesus, collateral damage be damned. Literally.