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Warren 'vigorously condemns' Ugandan law

The Rev. Rick Warren, under pressure from critics and activists to speak out against Ugandan legislation that would impose the death penalty for homosexuality, has now done so.

"We are all familiar with Edmund Burke's insight, 'All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing,' " the influential Christian author and megachurch pastor says in a video statement Thursday to the pastors of the Africa nation. "That is why I'm sharing my heart with you today. As an American pastor, it is not my role to interfere with the politics of other nations, but it IS my role to speak out on moral issues. It is my role to shepherd other pastors who look to me for guidance, and it is my role to correct lies, errors and false reports when others associate my name with a law that I had nothing to do with, completely oppose and vigorously condemn."

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Warren continues:

Joshua Keating, blogging Friday at foreignpolicy.com, is one of several critics who say Warren's statement is too little, too late.

The complete text of the statement, and nine "Key Facts Concerning Recent Media and Blog Reports on Rick Warren's Position on Uganda," follow below.

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