Faith in Public Life and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and other Christian leaders from across ugandadenominations united on Monday to denounce the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda.

“Our Christian faith recognizes violence, harassment and unjust treatment of any human being as a betrayal of Jesus’ commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves,” reads the statement, reports USA Today.

Signatories include the Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Bryan N. Massingale, president of the Catholic Theological Society of America; evangelical activist Brian McLaren; Jim Winkler, general secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society; and Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners.

Thomas P. Melady, the former U.S. ambassador to Uganda and the Vatican, also signed the joint statement and offered his criticism of the bill.

“This bill is an affront to human dignity and offensive to Christians around the world who take seriously Christ’s command to love our neighbors as ourselves. I’m proud to stand with other people of faith who believe our values compel us to speak out against this profound injustice,” added Melady, according to Christian organization Faith in Public Life.

This is a welcome step and hopefully will continue to isolate Uganda and help its leaders understand that what they are considering will make the country an international pariah. We need more religious organizations to stand up and speak out against this bill, so its sponsors can no longer hide behind the veneer of religious belief.