Retired Ugandan Bishop Renews Call for Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Jim Burroway

September 7th, 2013

From Uganda’s largest independent newspaper, Sunday Monitor:

Bishop Emeritus for Bukedi Diocese Nicodemus Okile, who retired last year after 28 years of services on Friday accused Members of Parliament of debating issues of less serious consequences at the expense of matters with moral implications on the citizens. “The issue of homosexuality has been shelved. Members of Parliament should learn to deal with one issue at a time instead of haphazardly debating on matters,” Bishop Okile said. …”What about the Bill on homosexuality. Why has it gone silent?” Bishop Okile asked.

Okile made those remarks during the funeral for a fellow Anglican bishop. In 2008, Okile announced that he would no longer recognize Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams as head of the church because of his stance on homosexuality.

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill does appear to have gone dormant. The last time its passage appeared imminent was in late 2012 as Parliament was debating a controversial clause in a proposed Petroleum Bill which granted a presidential appointee exclusive powers to negotiate, approve, and/or revoke lucrative oil exploration and drilling contracts, all with virtually no oversight from Parliament. That measure squeeked through in a last-minute maneuver. Parliament also passed a controversial Public Order Management Bill, which gives the President and police broad powers to break up unapproved opposition meetings, including small gatherings in private homes. While those bills were being considered, the AHB was kept in reserve on Parliament’s official agenda, apparently to serve either as a distraction or as a politically necessary unifying vote. Since the Petroleum Bill’s passage, AHB slowly drifted down from its number one spot under Parliament’s “Business to Follow,” only to disappear altogether at the end of June, 2013.

The AHB remains a part of official business however, and can be brought back at any time. This Sunday Monitor report erroneously suggests that the death penalty has been removed, but Parliament has not actually taken the required vote to do so. You can see our clause-by-clause examination of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill beginning here.

Leonardo Ricardo

September 7th, 2013

This uninformed bishop ( ongoing accessory to the brutalizing of his fellow human beings in Uganda) does not seem to realize that Dr. Rowan Williams is NOT the Archbishop of Canterbury. I realize Bishop Nicodemus is uninformed about many things but he might also need to realize that Henry VIII is no longer King of England. What a guy, someone ought send him a memo and introduce him to his fellow ¨evangelical¨ the Most Revered Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Leonardo Ricardo

September 7th, 2013

Well, maybe not so fast, Bishop Nicodemus may not be able to comprehend what ¨wicked attitude¨ means:

Welby urges Christians to repent of ‘wicked’ attitude to gays and lesbians


September 8th, 2013

Williams was archbishop in 2008, when Okile made his announcement.

And Williams’ gutless, cowering responses to these people allowed the tail to wag the dog and have, in my opinion, played a significant fostering role in the death-to-gays crusades in Africa.

Lively and Warren and the evangelicals have not been alone in this nonsense; the Anglicans have played their own role.

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