Pastor Rick Warren has continued his foolish association with Rwanda’s dictator, Paul Kagame this week.
Rick Warren and Paul Kagame
Think of this New York Times story when you see Kagame:
David Himbara, another former Kagame confidant who also fled to Johannesburg in 2010, told me a story about Kagame’s rage. In 2009, Himbara said, Kagame ordered two subordinates — a finance director and an army captain — into his presidential office, slammed the door and started shouting at them about where they had purchased office curtains. Kagame then picked up the phone, and two guards came in with sticks, Himbara said. Kagame ordered the men to lie face down, and he thrashed them. After five minutes, Kagame seemed to tire, and the bodyguards took over beating the men, as if they had done this before. Himbara said he was sick to his stomach witnessing the scene.
Just about every former colleague of Kagame’s I spoke to shared some sort of beating story. Noble Marara, a former driver for Kagame, told me that Kagame whipped him twice, once for driving the wrong truck and another time after someone else backed into a pole. “He really needs help,” said Marara, now in exile in England. “If I was to diagnose him, I’d say he has a personality disorder.”
Antoine Rutayisire at Kagame’s Table
Again, from the New York Times:
When I asked Kagame about the beatings, he leaned toward me in his seat. We were about three feet apart, then two. I could see the individual gray hairs in his goatee. He didn’t interrupt as I detailed my evidence, with names and dates. He didn’t deny physically abusing his staff, as I thought he might, though he gave me a watered-down version of the 2009 event that Himbara described, saying that he hadn’t swatted anyone with a stick but shoved one of the men so hard that he fell to the floor.
“It’s my nature,” Kagame said. “I can be very tough, I can make mistakes like that.” But when I pressed him on other violent outbursts, he responded irritably, “Do we really need to go into every name, every incident?” He said that hitting people is not “sustainable,” which struck me as a strange word to use, as if the only issue with beating your underlings was whether such behavior was effective over the long term.
Joining Warren and Kagame was Anglican Antoine Rutayisire, who left some testy comments on my blog a few months ago. Rutayisire is frequently in Kagame’s company:
A Quote from Rutayisire
This association with Kagame did not stop my former parish, Church of the Resurrection in Washington D.C., from hosting Rutayisire this year, something they should be ashamed of.
Sitting at the Table of the Tyrant
I guess Rick Warren doesn’t put much stock in reports like this from Rwanda:
And really, why should he? There seem to be no consequences for embracing evil, at least in the short term.
What will we think of this picture in 20 years?
Fortunately, the short term doesn’t last forever. The truth wins out, even if it takes a long time.
Lord, please open Rick Warren’s eyes. Amen.