Last year, the right wing had a field day when, asked by pastor Rick Warren about the precise moment when “life” begins, then-Senator Obama answered that the question was “above [his] pay grade.” Of course, Obama’s actual answer was much more in depth and thoughtful, but it constituted a critical violation of “Rove’s Law”: his response could be undetectably cut to make it appear that simplistic and uninformed. Right-wing commentators promptly did just that.
Now the shoe’s on the other foot. Rick Warren has refused to condemn proposed legislation in Uganda, which would call for the imprisonment of all gay Ugandans, and the execution of HIV+ gay Ugandans:
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.
The question of when life begins honestly is difficult. The question of whether murder is wrong is not. But, apparently, when the proposed victims are deviants, in Warren’s eyes, whether they ought to be killed is above his pay grade.