UPDATE:On August 26, Aid for AIDS Nevada issued a statement severing all ties with Canyon Ridge Christian Church, over the Church's continued involvement with Pastor Martin Ssempa. For a statement from Aid for AIDS Nevada announcing this, click here.
Aid for AIDS Nevada is the largest and oldest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada. But the organization has come under criticism of late for erasing questions on its Facebook page, and failing to respond to questions from activists, about the organization's relationship with a controversial church in Las Vegas, Canyon Ridge Christian Church, which financially and institutionally supports ministers in Uganda working to pass a vehemently anti-gay piece of legislation known as the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. This bill would, among other things, institute the death penalty for gay people living with HIV, and would institute life prison sentences for anyone convicted of homosexuality.
Yet despite such harsh scenarios, Canyon Ridge Christian Church continues to back the ministers who are lobbying for this bill, and Aid for AIDS Nevada keeps avoiding activists who question whether the organization has a relationship with Canyon Ridge Christian Church.
It's time for Aid for AIDS Nevada to come clean and not only condemn Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill, but to call on Canyon Ridge Christian Church to abandon their financial and institutional support of ministers in Uganda working to criminalize HIV.
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