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Malawi Religious Leaders Spurn HIV/AIDS Outreach to LGBT Community

Jim Burroway

March 15th, 2011

Fr. George Buleya, Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi

From Malawi’s Nyasa Times, we get this report about statements made by that nation’s Anglican Catholic and Muslim leaders concerning HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and other outreach programs for the local LGBT community. Fr. George Buleya,  Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference (Roman Catholic) of Malawi said:

“I believe that there are no homosexuals who are born as such in Malawi but if at all there are some who claim to be, they are moved to do so because of poverty. By the way, why are you forcing us to accommodate homosexuals when there are many thieves, adulterers and a lot of people who do evil?

“Christianity does not work on sociology but morality. To us, we cannot punish those caught in the act but God will,” he said.

Questioned that this might as well retard their fight against the Hiv/Aid pandemic because they will not be able to reach out to the minority groups, Buleya said:  “Our effort is to reach out to the faithful and if they are not within our jurisdiction, then, we will not work with them.”

Interesting. For Buleya, the LGBT community isn’t even an opportunity for missionary work.

Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) Secretary General Sheikh Imran Sharif Mohammed’s position is even worse:

“Homosexuality is sin and is punishable by beheading. The Holy Koran clearly states that any community which indulges in these acts is calling for calamities like those that happened to Sodom and Gomorrah,” said Mohammed, a lecture at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College.

“Nobody can change our laws which are both in the Koran, as a primary source and Hadith as our secondary source. These people are enemies and there is no way we can condone them in our communities,” he added.

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Lindoro Almaviva
March 15th, 2011 | LINK

“Our effort is to reach out to the faithful and if they are not within our jurisdiction, then, we will not work with them.”

 

Because that is exactly what Jesus said to do: Go and do good only to those who you feel are worthy, the rest can go f*ck themselves; cemented by his commandment of Love your neighbor as yourself only those who conform to your vision of me, the rest are to be treated like garbage.

 

Makes sense to me.

Stephen
March 15th, 2011 | LINK

And they are allowed to remain within the Anglican communion because… ?

John B. Chilton
March 15th, 2011 | LINK

They are NOT Anglican. They are Catholic. Episcopal here refers to “bishop”, not to the Anglican Communion let alone The Episcopal Church USA.

See:
http://episcopalconferenceofmalawi.org/

It’s a common error to see “Episcopal” and not realize it could very likely be the Roman Catholic Church.

Jim Burroway
March 15th, 2011 | LINK

John B: Thanks for the correction.

Richard W. Fitch
March 15th, 2011 | LINK

As an addition to reader Chilton’s comment, *anytime* you see ‘Episcopal’ used referring to a church body outside the US, you can conclude the reference is to the RCC. Anglicans throughout the world are ‘Anglicans’. It is only The Episcopal Church in the USA and affiliated dioceses that use the Episcopal (TEC) identity. Of course what becomes even more confusing is when the conservative US Anglicans refer to some episcopal function.

anteros
March 15th, 2011 | LINK

may the universe mercilessly cause them to genuinely regret their hate and make ammends.

mike
March 16th, 2011 | LINK

Hey, Fr. George Buleya, not all your Sheeple are straight. Bisexuals sleep with a man and then with a woman who is str8 sometimes a prostitute that does not have protection or the blood chemical disabling this disease. You are thus killing straight people by not issuing condoms informing the public and starting treatment to reduce loss. Get an education.

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