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American Episcopal Leader “Deeply Concerned” about Uganda’s “Kill Gays” Bill

Timothy Kincaid

December 4th, 2009

Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has released a statement on the proposed Ugandan “Kill Gays” Bill.

In tone it appears that Schori has no illusions about influencing the decision in Uganda

We give thanks for the clear position of the United States government on human rights, for the State Department’s annual human rights report on Uganda, which observes that the existing colonial-era law on same-sex relations is a societal abuse of human rights, and for the State Department’s publicly voiced opposition to the present bill. We urge the United States government to grant adequate access to the U.S. asylum system for those fleeing persecution on the basis of homosexuality or gender identity, to work with other governments, international organizations, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to provide adequate protection for these asylum seekers, and to oppose any attempts at extradition under a law such as that proposed in Uganda.

And, further, she recognizes that much of this evil has been exported by anti-gay Anglicans in the United States.

Finally, we note that much of the current climate of fear, rejection, and antagonism toward gay and lesbian persons in African nations has been stirred by members and former members of our own Church. We note further that attempts to export the culture wars of North America to another context represent the very worst of colonial behavior. We deeply lament this reality, and repent of any way in which we have participated in this sin.

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

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Richard W. Fitch
December 4th, 2009 | LINK

It is quite accurate to state that the Presiding Bishop has little expectation of any major impact on the movement of this bill. When the Anglican Communion met in Tanzania last year, the African prelates who have the most potential of influence in this matter, summarily snubbed her; firstly, because she is a woman in a “position of authority only deserving to men” and secondly because she is the representative of a Province which has welcomed the consecration of a gay-partnered man to the office of bishop. There were some, Peter Akinola among other, who went so far as to refuse to receive the Eucharistic elements when she was the celebrant.

Salvatore Ippolito
December 5th, 2009 | LINK

It’s obvious that the presiding bishop falls outside of apostolic Christianity. Her failure to recognize and uphold Christian morality is normal for the times, I’m afraid. I do want to make clear that there is a culture war peculiar to American society and politics. But that’s not what’s being transplanted. We’re not trying to reinforce Africans to think like Nixon or Reagan or to promote fiscal conservatism over there. Get real Mrs. Shori. Conservative Anglicans around the world universally adhere to apostolic Christianity–you know, the kind that actually pays attention to the Bible. And no Mrs. Shori, we don’t confuse sexual expression with cultural freedom. Retroactive hippies do.

Salvatore Ippolito
December 5th, 2009 | LINK

I’d like to add that American political polarization and cultural warfare can not be transplanted outside of its context–that’s common sense. Further, we should all support human rights. But no one should be made to believe that Christianity is anything other than what it is. And the tenor of Scripture has always been in favor of heterosexual marriage and against homosexuality. The same of course goes for Judaism.

Michael
December 5th, 2009 | LINK

Salvatore Ippolito has made it quite clear where the church should stand on this matter. Kill the gays. Is that a correct summation?

mojnun
December 5th, 2009 | LINK

“We’re not trying to reinforce Africans to think like Nixon or Reagan or to promote fiscal conservatism over there.”

John Perkins (aka former Economic Hit Man) might beg to differ. It says something to me that one of the faux “Nigerian” bishops in Akinola’s US denomination–Martyn Minns–is a former Mobil Oil exec.

Any Native American can tell you that when the white men came, they had the Bible and Natives had the resources. Then the white men said “let us pray” and when the Natives opened their eyes, they had the Bible and the white men had the resources. African Christians, take note.

Anguksuar
December 24th, 2009 | LINK

Here is a blog from Gay Uganda- a voice speaking a Real Time truth from LGBT Kampala. The writer has an excellent Twitter blog and talks about the feelings facing LGBT people who are living day to day with these terrible threats and horrible people assembling horrific legislation. http://gayuganda.blogspot.com/2009/11/movement-in-episcopal-church.html

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