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United Church of Canada Urges PM To Bring Up Uganda’s “Kill Gays” Bill at Comonwealth Meeting

Jim Burroway

November 28th, 2009

The United Church of Canada, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, urging the leader to raise the issue of Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Act at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting taking place in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. In the letter sent Thursday, acting Executive Minister Patti Talbot wrote:

[I]t is with shock and dismay that we have learned that the Ugandan Parliament is in the process of bringing to law an Anti-Homosexuality Bill that would lead to the criminalization of homosexuality as well as the restriction of free speech and organization in support of the legitimate civil rights of its population.

…Canada’s own Charter of Rights and Freedoms enshrines the rights of all people regardless of their sexual orientation. As Canadians then, we are responsible for becoming more aware of discrimination against homosexual persons, taking action to ensure that they enjoy their full civil and human rights in society, working to end all forms of discrimination against them, and personally supporting the victims of such discrimination.

In the next few days there is an opportune moment at the summit of Commonwealth leaders for Canada to show leadership in advocating for the protection of the human rights of all people, especially those who are most marginalized, such as gay, lesbian and bisexual people in Uganda. At this summit we urge you to raise these issues and speak firmly against this regressive proposed legislation by the Parliament of Uganda.

The United Church of Canada was formed in 1925 as the result of the merger of Canada’s Presbyterian, Methodist and various congregational churches. The UCoC joins the Anglican Church of Canada in calling on the Canadian government to publicly denounce the bill.

Click here to see BTB’s complete coverage of recent anti-gay developments in Uganda.

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Pete h
November 28th, 2009 | LINK

Denunciations do nothing. What is required are draconian sanctions against Uganda. No money, no food, no medicine, no leaving the country for Ugandan nationals. Keep it up indefinitely until there is some progress.

It’s time to stop tongue-clucking and hand-wringing, and be men about the situation.

Ken Peters
November 28th, 2009 | LINK

Hmmmmmm….As opposed to being women?

Pete H
November 29th, 2009 | LINK

No, as opposed to being timid children.

Ken Peters
November 29th, 2009 | LINK

That’s a good clarification. But as far as I know, churches don’t have the power to impose sanctions. What they can do is speak boldly and clearly in favour of equality.

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