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Archbishop of Canterbury: Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill Is Unsupportable

Jim Burroway

May 10th, 2011

The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has issued this short statement on Uganda’s pending Anti-Homosexuality Bill:

Overall, the proposed legislation is of shocking severity and I can’t see how it could be supported by any Anglican who is committed to what the Communion has said in recent decades. Apart from invoking the death penalty, it makes pastoral care impossible – it seeks to turn pastors into informers.

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TampaZeke
May 10th, 2011 | LINK

Maybe if they would just tone down the severity a bit Williams would be able to support it.

This is a disgusting man who is not a friend to gay people in Uganda or anywhere else.

Shofixti
May 10th, 2011 | LINK

Really? Should it be the Archbishop’s aim to control policy or to resist policy that controls his pastors and vicars?

He does not indicate his near-readiness at all but instead, in a blanket and uniform rejection states that this legislation cannot be supported by Anglicans (who I assume are the dominant Christian group within Uganda).

enough already
May 11th, 2011 | LINK

It is proved that the impending disaster in Uganda was caused by Christians.

The sole task of every Christian in any and every position must now be to prevent this mass murder from being legislated.

There is no other consideration.

To even suggest that administrative and bureaucratic responsibilities trump this is to agree with the murderers.

Reed Boyer
May 11th, 2011 | LINK

Typical – the focus on “what the Communion has said” and the problem that “it seeks to turn pastors into informers.”

The bill also seeks to turn queers into corpses – and I’m surprised that “shocking severity” was the term used. “Monstrous, inhuman, genocidal, barbaric, savage, benighted, evil” are so much more vivd – and accurate.

Feh! The Welsh wizard is simply “hurtyn Cristion benboethyn” (a stupid Christian bigot).

George Broadhead
May 11th, 2011 | LINK

“What appalling hypocrisy! Why is Rowan Williams ignoring, or refusing to condemn, the damaging role in this played by a branch of his own Anglican Church – the Church of Uganda – whose website makes it clear that it is supportive of the Bill? http://churchofuganda.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/COU-official-position-on-the-Anti-Homosexuality-Bill-2009..pdf.

Shofixti
May 11th, 2011 | LINK

Thanks for your link, George. That document is dated Feb 2010 while William’s denouncement dates from the second week of Dec 2009 (before even that of Rick Warren) – so it is impossible that the quote above could refer to something that had not been published yet. However, knowing that this statement came out so long ago – it would be good to have it updated rather than merely reiterated this week.

Here is an interesting commentary on this from and Episcopal priest.
http://frharry.blogspot.com/2011/05/rowan-williams-on-uganda-tepid-timorous.html

Most churches that have a presence in Africa find that a conservative bias or centring occurs. This is true in Catholicism as well. The African continent is on average far more conservative and this is not an effect of merely religion alone. It is also easy to forget that Anglicans are not Catholics, they don’t have the same power structure a la the Vatican and the Pope.

Ben In Oakland
May 11th, 2011 | LINK

Well, we certainly want to offend Anglican conservatives, Archbishop WeakTea? What are the lives and the freedoms of innocent victims of rleigious persecution compared to losing a portion of your membership?

Keppler
May 12th, 2011 | LINK

Bechya Akinola is actually quite pleased with the prospect of Uganda’s passing this bill.

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