Caving In

September 09, 2007

An Episcopalian church in the Chicago area caved to pressure from Rwandan Anglican leaders and disinvited internationally honored hero Paul Rusesabagina, the man whose life-saving work was featured in the movie Hotel Rwanda. The church, which started under the oversight of the Rwandan branch a few years ago, was told to disinvite Rusesabagina because he has had a conflict with Rwanda's president. The Rwandan Anglican leaders feared the invite could thus cause problems. So the Chicago church disinvited a hero who saved more than 1,200 people. Why? Because of politics. How sad!

The Chicago pastor justified the decision by saying:

The bigger reality for us is having to accept the whole concept of obedience, and that is a harder cultural pill to swallow than I realized.
But at what point does one take a courageous--even if disobedient--stand? Why dishonor a hero because of politics? Ironically, this same pastor left the U.S. branch of the Anglican Church because of disagreements, so apparently he was not willing to be disobedient back then.