Akinola, Repudiate Anti-Gay Violence

September 27, 2007

Canterbury’s Analysis of the Schismatics

Filed under: Anglican,Blogroll,Christianity,Episcopal Church,LGBT Rights,Schism — Josh Thomas @ 7:57 pm

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“Theirs is a sectarian, congregationalist church that can tolerate only one sort of Christian and only the authority of bishops who agree with them. There is no room for dialogue, doubt or debate… Homosexuality is their last great taboo and they are determined to fight it tooth and nail. If they give way now, the whole authority of the Bible, on which they base their belief, must crumble, just as their ancestors thought it would disintegrate if slavery was deemed un-Christian or women were ordained or divorce was permitted or shellfish was eaten. It is the issue they have chosen. It has not been thrust upon them–they spotted it as a rallying point more than a decade ago and have been waiting for their opportunity to strike. They see it as a useful way to unite their constituency in opposition to the shifting sands of belief and secular culture.”

The Most Rev. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury,
quoted by Stephen Bates in “A Church at War: Anglicans and Homosexuality” (2005)

“A useful way to unite their constituency”—in other words, a scapegoat.

What do you see when you look at a crucifix? Atonement for our sins, or God as a scapegoat?

September 23, 2007

Success: 1st-Ever Protest Against Akinola & Schism

About 50 people showed up at a demonstration against Peter Akinola today in Wheaton, Illinois. Fifty people, not a huge number; 50 people on three weeks’ notice. Fifty fabulous people.

Toddlers, oldsters, college students, graybeards, Gays and Straights; Episcopalians, Methodists, independents, United Church of Christ, Baptists, Metropolitan Community Church, a closeted Roman Catholic priest from Nigeria; the whole human rainbow.

The body of Christ, the bread of heaven.

The Chicago Tribune, the Sun-Times, local TV, the Associated Press, Christianity Today, the college newspaper, the Religion News Service: we got our message across. Jesus loves everyone.

Best of all, Thinking Anglicans picked up on it; that website is read all over the Anglican Communion, and Davis Mac-Iyalla reads it daily. That means all LGBT activists in West Africa will see it!

They were who we were marching for.

Kudos to the Wheaton College police: they didn’t give us a lick of trouble or deny our constitutional rights. They were completely professional, defined the college turf and enabled our Christian witness to happen. We got closer to the college chapel than I thought possible.

The Nigerian/Rwandan/American schismatics ignored us, but they knew we picketed them. I’m sure they all felt energized to gather together and hear Peter Akinola’s shouting, fire-and-brimstone sermon about sexual sin; but they also knew 50 people said there are other kinds of sin.

Scapegoating is sin.

Peter Akinola scapeoats Gay people so Nigerians won’t notice the government and the “Anglican” Church steals Nigeria’s oil money and blames all the country’s ills on Gay people.

So we picketed his bigoted behind.

Let him recoil in fright; pamphleteers, picketers, is he nowhere safe?

Not in the United States, no. This was the first demonstration against him, but it will not be the last. Peter Akinola, you’re damaged goods. Repudiate anti-Gay violence, or lose the worldwide Anglican Communion.++

September 20, 2007

A Message to Members of AMiA

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As the organizer of the Akinola protest in Wheaton, let me clarify something here. The protest is aimed at those African bishops and American supporters who threaten, endanger, intimidate, imprison, banish and kill LGBT people.

It’s not about territorial boundaries or Biblical hermaneutics. It’s about people endangered by the unholy alliance between their government and Anglican churches.

No matter how nice the people are in AMiA churches, how “loving” they think they are, how much “support” they want to give Gay people to “overcome their sin,” how equal those nice Straight parishioners consider themselves in sinfulness, this is not a protest about American Gay people who can mostly fend for themselves (and reject such phony love). It’s about Africans being killed in the name of Christ.

With every dime and prayer AMiA congregants send to these heretical African bishops, they contribute to suffering and death, all in the name of idolatrous hermaneutics. The Bible is not God!

But the face of God is found in those African Gay souls.

I ask every member of AMiA, Do you want to be hunted like an animal? Do you want to hunt human beings?

September 17, 2007

20 Questions for Archbishop Akinola

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The Primate of All Nigeria hides from reporters while Davis Mac-Iyalla is in the room in Tanzania.

The Chicago Tribune has contacted me for an interview concerning the upcoming march in Wheaton Sept. 23. One Tribune religion reporter will be in New Orleans covering the House of Bishops’ meeting, while the other keeps an eye on things back home.

This got me to thinking; no doubt the reporters who show up at our demonstration will also want to talk to Archbishop Akinola. I hope they do more than ask him softball questions and transcribe his boilerplate replies.

But I’m a reporter; what would I ask him? Here are Josh’s 20 Questions for Peter Akinola:

1. Who paid for your plane ticket and hotel room this time?

2. How much is the Nigerian Church getting per month from your new American parishes?

3. What do the people of CANA get for the money they send you?

4. Will laypeople in CANA get to elect their bishops, or will you keep picking bishops for them?

5. Have you been able to counsel Richard Mellon Scaife as he goes through his second divorce (and third girlfriend)?

6. Why did you lose your re-election bid as president of the Christian Association of Nigeria?

7. Do you miss attending meetings of the Nigerian National Security Council?

8. How much oil money do you figure the former president stole?

9. When is the last time you spoke with Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan and what public policy issues did you discuss?

10. Don’t some of your bishops want to go to the Lambeth Conference despite your campaign against the Archbishop of Canterbury?

11. Why does playing the race card work so well with Rowan Williams?

12. Why is Nigerian poverty unimportant to you?

13. Why is the Nigerian Church losing so many members to Pentecostal churches?

14. Do you feel responsible at all for the Christian riots that killed a hundred Muslims the day after you warned publicly that “our Muslim brothers do not have a monopoly on violence?”

15. Why can’t you get the same-sex marriage bill through the National Assembly?

16. Why only five years in jail for people who visit a Gay website or have a Gay rights pamphlet in their car? Why not ten or fifteen years?

17. Why did you make it a point to tell reporters in London and New York about the time you ran away from Louie Crew when he wanted to shake your hand?

18. Can’t you have a Primates’ Meeting without Martyn Minns and Chris Sugden?

19. You weren’t sick that Sunday in Tanzania, were you?

20. What room in your house did Davis Mac-Iyalla sleep in the night the Bishop of Otupko died?

September 15, 2007

Now Violent Nigerians Whine About THEIR Safety!

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The Most Reverend Peter Akinola, by Adrian Worsford

It’s all because of homosexual terrorists, you know. Innocent people get Straight-bashed every day, lashed to fences and left bleeding to death—heteros executed in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran by vicious Gay sissy-thugs with their dress-wearing, Judy Garland-singing, family-destroying, world-dominating agenda. Because of them, Gay armies send planes into the World Trade Center and kill our soldiers in Iraq!

The shameless bishops of the Anglican Church of Nigeria are now saying they’re scared to go to the Lambeth Conference of bishops next year because of Gay activists and pamphleteers. Episcopal Café quotes this open letter from the Nigerian Church to the Archbishop of Canterbury:

We are all witnesses to:

• The presence of placard carrying and leaflets distributing campaigners at the last Lambeth Conference distracting Bishops who travelled thousands of miles for fellowship. These protesters effectively shifted the focus of the conference to human sexuality – as if that was all that mattered.

• The physical assaults against clergymen with opposing view, such as your predecessor attacked in his own Cathedral pulpit, and a Kenyan bishop assaulted by two people dressed as clergymen.

• The occasion when your own General Synod was disrupted by protestors angry over the handling of the Canon Jeffery John issue.

• Recent attempts to mandate unbiblical views in the UK through force of law and the protests and attacks by activists determined to disrupt and intimidate any group that seeks to uphold biblical teaching.

In truth anyone who does not embrace revisionist views is a potential target. We know it is possible to provide some security to minimize such occurrences but is the additional cost justifiable? Would the resultant atmosphere of fear and uncertainty be conducive to the goals of such a large gathering of bishops?”

This attempt to twist the facts with propaganda appears to be a direct response to Bishop Isaac Orama’s getting caught saying that LGBT people are “inhuman, insane, satanic and not fit to live.”

It’s a time-dishonored tactic: divert attention from your own scandal by accusing your opponents of the same thing you just did. Next Akinola will claim the Jews were responsible for krystallnacht!

As for “the physical assaults against clergymen with opposing view [sic], such as your predecessor attacked in his own Cathedral pulpit,” that was not a physical assault in any way; a Gay Christian activist named Peter Tatchell interrupted Archbishop Carey’s Easter 1998 sermon briefly and non-violently, for which a British court fined Tatchell $25, as the BBC reported. According to the magistrate:

“The offence as far as I am concerned is the equivalent of a minor public order offence.

“You are a man of previous good character and you have a clear commitment to your cause and a belief in non-violent protest.

“The incident lasted at most for a few minutes. No one was hurt and the service resumed shortly afterwards.”

No one was hurt, yet the Nigerian Church calls that a physical assault! Do you need any more proof that these men are liars?

These bishops are not Christians in any recognizable way. Americans who follow them—out of ignorance more than hatred, I believe—are being played for fools.

I keep wondering if someday the people in the pews at secessionist churches will realize their clergy are robbing them blind (Don Armstrong), lying to them (David Anderson), manipulating them (Martyn Minns), hammering their souls (Matt “We are all depraved” Kennedy) and demonizing their children (Peter Akinola, Henry Orombi)—but they never do.

No bishop ever got maimed by a Gay pamphlet. No marriage ever got destroyed by a Gay activist. No child ever got turned Gay by a book or movie. And no civilization ever got destroyed because Adam loved Steve and not Eve.

Here is the Rev. Colin Coward’s take on what actually happened at Lambeth 1998, courtesy of Thinking Anglicans. He was there, I was not. Coward is the director of Changing Attitude-England and mentor of Davis Mac-Iyalla, the Nigerian Gay Anglican targeted by Akinola with death threats:

Protesters did not shift the focus of Lambeth 1998 to sexuality – the focus on homosexuality was initiated by the Statement on Human Sexuality issued by the Anglican Churches of the South meeting in Kuala Lumpur in February 1997. The meeting was led by the Most Reverend Joseph A. Adetiloye, Archbishop of Nigeria. The “Kuala Lumpur Statement”, as it came to be known, was then endorsed by the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in America.

A Nigerian initiated the focus on sexuality at Lambeth 1998 and with their conservative friends from America, it was Nigeria that forced it onto the agenda, forced resolution 1.10 to be drafted, forced a debate at the final plenary session.

I was among those from Changing Attitude who distributed leaflets advertising an open hearing to listen to the experience of lesbian and gay people. We didn’t distract bishops nor shift the focus.

The most abusive event to happen at Lambeth ‘98 was the attempt by Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma of Nigeria to exorcise Richard Kirker’s “demons of homosexuality.” Richard and other LGCM members had been holding their banner in a quiet and dignified manner that day – no abuse, no intimidation, just an appropriate presence.

Some of the Nigerian bishops and their secessionist allies in America say they don’t want to come to Lambeth because they are worried about security. They think we are going to attack them. What they don’t want, of course (some of them) is to sit quietly and have a conversation with us and relate to us as human beings and brother and sister Christians.

This letter is another tactical move from the Church of Nigeria and her allies in the USA. It is a letter written from a position of weakness. They are not getting their own way. Clearly the majority of bishops at the meeting this week want to come to Lambeth and Minns and Akinola couldn‘t persuade them otherwise.

They want an immediate Primate’s meeting and ++Rowan to postpone Lambeth and get everyone stitched up with a binding Covenant. That won’t happen either. So the next step, taken after the TEC House of Bishops’ meeting, will be further threats to raise the pressure, and when that fails, another strategic move to buy time, and eventually they will turn up at Lambeth.

The demonstration against Peter Akinola and all his American followers in Wheaton, Illinois on Sunday, September 23 from 10-11 a.m. is ON. Come and watch the queers be gentle in the face of hatred, homophobia and sheeply gullibility.++

September 14, 2007

Nigerian Church’s Gay Obsession Continues

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In the past few days we’ve seen a “retraction” (by the writer, not the editor) of the official News Agency of Nigeria report of Sept. 2, in which Bishop Isaac Orama was quoted as calling Gay people “inhuman, insane, satanic and not fit to live.”

The poor NAN functionary who wrote the report (later picked up by UPI, to worldwide outrage) sounds like his “confession” was obtained at gunpoint—or certainly at the risk of his government job. Here is his e-mail retraction, reprinted from Thinking Anglicans:

From: Emeka Samuel
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 6:00 AM
To: nanabuja@nannigeria.org
Subject: REJOINDER

FROM: EMEKA OGENYI, NAN, UYO

REJOINDER: HOMOSEXUALS, LESBIANS ARE INSANE- BISHOP

This is to inform the agency and the general public that the report on the above subject credited to the Anglican Bishop of Uyo Rt. Rev. Isaac Orama was untrue.

I wish to state here that the report was not a true reflection of what the interview he granted journalists while Bishop Orama never made any statement at any time to condemn perpetuators of such unbiblical acts to such an extent as was reflected in the report.

The Bishop was wrongly misrepresented and misquoted and I hereby render my apologies to him, the Anglican Diocese of Uyo and the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) for embarrassment caused them by the report.

While I apologize for the mistake and to state that the report was not written in bad faith I wish to express my commitment to the evangelization of the gospel through this medium.

The last part strikes me as very strange. Evangelism is supposed to take place through the official government-owned News Agency of Nigeria?

Isn’t that exactly why Mr. Ogenyi’s original report on Bishop Orama was not only written but approved by his superiors—because demonizing Gay people is the Nigerian Church’s method of evangelism?

Here is a version the official Nigerian Church website is running about the incident. It tries to confuse Orama’s statement after the synod with his official synod address:

Also, speaking on the recent publication on the internet about an homophobic statement attributed to him in his recent synod address, Rt. Revd. Isaac Orama lamented over what he called a false statement published on the internet and called on the media to desist from publishing wrong statements for public consumption.

According to him, what he said was that CANA is the offshoot of the Church of Nigeria’s response to the unbiblical agenda of the Episcopal Church of United States of America in supporting same sex marriage and consecrating in the year 2003 the publicly acknowledged gay priest V. Gene Robinson as bishop.

He doesn’t denounce the vicious sentiment attributed to him, he just claims he never said it. Of course a Nigerian bishop would never call Gay people “satanic and unfit to live!” Wouldn’t be prudent, especially if it’s widely reported.

Meanwhile we have this from AllAfrica.com, a news aggregator which passes along reports from national media, much like UPI does. The Vanguard is an independent, pro-government paper in Nigeria:

Nigeria: Anglican Synod Decries Gay Marriage

Vanguard (Lagos)

10 September 2007
Posted to the web 10 September 2007

Tony Edike & Richard Nzube
Enugu

THE first synod of the Anglican Diocese of Nike was concluded in Enugu yesterday with a strong condemnation of what it called the debasement of moral values exemplified in same sex marriage and homosexuality.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the synod, the church described same sex marriage as “devilish and a deviation from the Holy Scriptures” which it said is the anchor of the Anglican faith. It called on the Christian faithful to shun such practice in view of the punishments awaiting the perpetrators.

Do the “punishments awaiting the perpetrators” happen in the afterlife, or here on earth? Say, tomorrow in Nigeria?

The demonstration against Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola on Sunday, September 23 in Wheaton, Illinois is ON. Be there, on the sidewalk opposite the Wheaton College Chapel at 10 a.m., or be square.

It’s time to stop the violence against Gay people.++

September 13, 2007

Akinola: Gays, not Poverty, Africa’s Big Issue

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Daily Episcopalian has a fascinating story about Dr. Frederick Quinn’s 2000 interview with Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria. Do read the whole thing, but my take-aways are here:

What about the Singapore ordinations? (On January 29, 2000, two American clerics were irregularly ordained as bishops in Singapore by two prelates from Rwanda and Singapore, and two retired American bishops. Their goal was to set up a conservative “Anglican Mission in America,” but neither the American Church nor the Archbishop of Canterbury had endorsed their election.) The Nigerian bishops are all for them, Archbishop Peter Akinola told me on March 31, 2000. Although he had participated in the Lambeth discussions on human sexuality, he stated, “Scriptures constantly tell us a faithful union in heterosexual marriage” is the only norm for personal human unions. What happened in Singapore was expected.”

“We are looking at this in a global perspective. Hundreds of thousands of Nigerians are in the United States and many feel they cannot worship in the Episcopal Church. They go elsewhere or they do not go to church. The issue is having episcopal supervision for them.” Neither then nor later did I ever hear an overseas Nigerian, Kenyan, or Ugandan in the United States say anything like what his dissident white male supporters and Archbishop Akinola kept repeating was a cry from unhappy Africans for Episcopal supervision. Africans in America were concerned about finding employment, homes, and educating their children, and avoiding an immigration dragnet. Some pastors warned Kenyans to steer clear of situations where they would encounter law enforcement agents.

When, toward the end of our conversation, I raised the issue of the place of gays and lesbians in the church, his face came close to mine, “Brother, the Bible says,” he replied, his voice lifting in intensity both times I raised the subject. Akinola’s manner was in your face, and he listened only to the extent that a visitor’s comments touched a subject for which he had a set piece answer.

And:

Over the next seven years Archbishop Akinola’s actions proved far more disruptive than his inaugural sermon remarks in 2000 suggested, and he appeared unconcerned about the controversy they caused, and growing antipathy toward him. Akinola appeared to relish a lively verbal street brawl. Detractors would find him a tantrum-throwing foot stomping bully, defenders an unalloyed defender of the true faith. Few would claim he possessed the middle range of executive skills as reconciler, negotiator, and enabler.

Akinola uses Holy Communion as a weapon and sees Archbishop Williams as a patsy:

Elsewhere, Akinola left a path strewn with controversy. He had pointedly refused to take communion at primates meetings in Ireland in 2005 and Tanzania in 2007 with the heads of the Episcopal Church in America. His reported remark about the Archbishop of Canterbury to another prelate at the Dromantine, Ireland, meeting, “He will do what we tell him,” won him few new followers at Lambeth Palace.

Of all that Akinola has said and done in the past few years, this perhaps is the most shocking of all:

Akinola’s charges did not go unanswered in Africa. Both Nobel Prize laureate and Archbishop of South Africa, Desmond Tutu, and his successor, Archbishop Njononkulu Ndungane, have taken pointed issue with Akinola, saying the latter’s energies were wrongly focused on sexual issues when Africa was wracked by war, poverty, and disease. Akinola’s had curiously stated, “I didn’t create poverty. The church didn’t create poverty. Poverty is not an issue, human suffering is not an issue at all, they were there before the creation of mankind.” The dean of the Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa took a different position. “Very few of us take the homosexual debate as a top priority issue,” Bishop Trevor Mwamba of Botswana remarked, “Most African Anglicans want to get back to basics and concentrate on poverty, disease, injustice and the need for transparency in governments.”

Akinola’s leadership record has been sadly mixed. His undeniable skills as a builder are evident, as is his lack of tolerance toward others. A door slammer in a world of increasingly numerous door openers among Christians, he has called attention to himself for his inflammatory statements while, at the same time, failing to gain the wider following he and his backers anticipated. Deliver an ultimatum, throw a tantrum, and denigrate those who have a different position represent his largely unchallenged modus operandi.

As to Akinola’s American supporters in CANA, AMiA and the rest of the Anglican alphabet soup, Dr. Quinn writes:

The abysmal lack of information of many his followers in America about Africa contributes to the problem. Not many of the recently proclaimed members of the Churches in Nigeria, Uganda, or Kenya in Northern Virginia and Southern California could easily locate Abuja, Kampala, or Nairobi on a map. Fewer such people have been to Africa, or are conversant with the moral dimensions of contemporary African problems. Such issues include the long-standing Darfur refugee crisis, the pandemic presence of HIV/AIDS, the widespread presence of female genital mutilation, a problem in thirty African countries brutally afflicting over a million young women a year. Political pluralism and transparency are likewise widespread civic needs in many African countries.

And whom do we have to thank for Akinola’s brand of Christian fanatacism? According to Dr. Quinn,

Finally, the vision of Christianity Akinola and his supporters present does not reflect the breadth and depth of religion in Africa. Scripturally, it represents a burnt out school of biblical literalism and one-line quotes often taken out of context, the last remnants of a colonial church tradition, one where a handful of African bishops rigidly follow in the footsteps of a departed generation of autocratic British mentors.

Be aware, Wheaton demonstrators, Akinola loves a good fight. We must be prepared to stay calm, remember our peace commitment, and if necessary turn the other cheek. No feeding the trolls.

September 12, 2007

Orombi’s Coming too, to Chattanooga Presbyterians

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Next week, it seems, is crunch time for the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion, and certain bishops are furiously elbowing each other to say “Me too!” to schism.

The American House of Bishops meets Sept. 20-25 in New Orleans with Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury. He is hoping to rein in the Episcopalians, who have this strange notion that all love is from God, even when that love is shared between persons of the same sex.

If Williams does not succeed (and no one thinks he will), what next? No one knows for sure. He could grow a spine and say, “Well, the Americans are wrong, but I’m not walking away from them.” He could say, “The Americans are wrong, and the rest of us have to walk away from them.” He could say, “The Americans are wrong, and I’m demoting them but not walking away from them.” Or he could say, “It’s all so complex, you see, and even though the Americans are wrong, it’s not for me to decide these things. Let’s study some more.”

Meanwhile, the Africans are coming! The Africans are coming!

Besides Peter Akinola, whom we’re planning to picket on Sunday, Sept. 23 in Wheaton, Illinois, his fellow primate Henry Orombi of Uganda doesn’t want to miss any of the action, so he’s coming to the U.S. too, the same exact week. He’s invited to a Presbyterian conference in Chattanooga. Apparently the Ugandan Church doesn’t need him full-time, because he’ll be in Tennessee for days on end. Here’s the word from his Chattanooga hosts:

Covenant College presents the Neal Conference on True Spirituality September 17-23, 2007, featuring speaker Mindy Belz, editor of World magazine, and musician Phil Wickham. The keynote speaker for the 2007 conference is The Most Reverend Henry Luke Orombi, archbishop of the Church of Uganda.

The relevant schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, September 19
11:00 a.m. Chapel with Archbishop Orombi
5:30 p.m. Invitation-only Anglican Fellowship
7:30 p.m. Chapel with Archbishop Orombi

Thursday, September 20
11:00 a.m. Chapel with Archbishop Orombi
Following chapel Invitation-only Pastors Luncheon
7:30 p.m. Chapel with Archbishop Orombi

Friday, September 21
8:30 a.m. Invitation-only Breakfast
11:00 a.m. Chapel with Archbishop Orombi

Sunday, September 23
11:00 a.m. First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga
Worship service with Archbishop Orombi preaching
6:00 p.m. Covenant Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga
Presbytery-wide worship service with Archbishop Orombi

Meanwhile, a few dioceses are announcing plans to leave the Episcopal Church and take their property with them: Pittsburgh, Quincy, Fort Worth, each putting out frantic press releases.

The rest of the world will snooze through all this, but Anglicans care deeply.

Those of you in the South who can’t get to Chicago Sept. 23 ought to check out Chattanooga.

September 10, 2007

Mac-Iyalla Endorses Sept. 23 Protest

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Davis Mac-Iyalla meets the press at the Primates’ Meeting last February in Tanzania

Yesterday we received the following message from Davis Mac-Iyalla, director of Changing Attitude-Nigeria. The same text was also posted at Fr. Jake’s; see the Blogroll at right.

Changing Attitude Nigeria fully supports the plans of peaceful demonstration
against our homophobic Archbishop Peter Akinola.

Archbishop Peter Akinola keeps refusing to start a listening process in
Nigeria or to create a safe place for lesbian and gay people to tell our
story.

The Archbishop and the Church of Nigeria is strongly supporting and advocating
for a bill that will make Changing Attitude Nigeria illegal and any priest or
bishop who listens to our story will be jailed for 5 yeas including we LGBT
Nigerians.

The recent comments from Bishop Orama of Uyo are abusive and make life for
LGBT people in Nigeria very dangerous. We condemn the Archbishops for their
silence in not responding and not calling on Bishop Orama to apologise.

Archbishop Akinola has abandoned his pastoral duty to the Church of Nigeria
and has joined forces with some American conservatives to cross boundaries and
cause problems for the Episcopal Church just because they stand for what they
believe: that all Gods children should be included and not be discriminated
against.

We call on all true believers in truth and equality to join in this protest.

If it were not for the reasons of cost and visa, the Director of Changing
attitude Nigeria is very willing to be there in person to give support to our
American brothers and sisters.

We thank all those who have volunteered to play a part in stopping the world’s
most homophobic Archbishop trying to take control of the Anglican Communion
and the Episcopal Church.

In solidarity,

Davis Mac-Iyalla
Director, Changing Attitude Nigeria

September 7, 2007

Tunde: As Believable as Toe-Tappin’ Larry Craig

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Jeff Stahler, The Columbus Dispatch

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For the past week or so Americans have been treated to the sight of Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, facing the music (or not) after his guilty plea for soliciting sex in a men’s restroom in Minneapolis. He has been fodder for comedians ever since.

No one in America, except his adopted children, believes his denials. The man is a buffoon.

The cop was right to bust him, even though hanging out in restrooms hoping to catch closeted men toe-tapping is a waste of police resources. The public has a right not to be subjected to the sexual antics of married men looking for a little Gay action.

Craig is too scared to walk into a Gay bar in Washington OR Boise, so he cruises Minnesota restrooms instead. It’s the opposite of proud, liberated Gay behavior, and I’ve opposed it in print for decades.

Enough with the “Brokeback Bathroom” already!

Comes now Tunde Popoola, press secretary to Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria, to deny that Bishop Isaac Orama called Gay people “insane, satanic, with no right to live”—a sentiment denounced by right-wing American leaders like Canon Kendall Harmon and Fr. Matt Kennedy, but frequently supported by commenters on their blogs.

In an email communication The Venerable Akintunde A. Popoola, Director of Communications for the Church of Nigeria has stated that Bishop Orama has denied making the statements attributed to him in a September 2, 2007, UPI report. Additionally, the journalist who issued the statement has given a verbal apology for the misrepresentation and has promised to print a retraction.

Popoola is the same man who has personally directed a smear campaign against Davis Mac-Iyalla; see post below.

Tunde’s a known liar. Changing Attitude-England has repeatedly challenged him to back up his wild, crazy, ridiculous assertions against Davis Mac-Iyalla—and of course Popoola can’t do that, so he runs away.

This is the state of the Nigerian Church.

Why this weak little denial five days after the fact? The report is dated Sept. 2, the denial Sept. 7. Do you know anyone who waits five days to say, “I was misquoted”?

Even five days later, Bishop Orama doesn’t speak for himself; instead Popoola pipes up after the Archbishop of Canterbury publicly expresses shock.

Orama needs to speak up for himself. After all, the report on his remarks, carried by UPI, quoted the official government News Agency of Nigeria.

The government’s anti-Gay; the Nigerian Church is anti-Gay. They often collaborate when it suits their purposes.

The Nigerian Church planted that story with the government news agency, then withdrew it after it blew up in their faces. This cover-up phase is why you can’t find it on the web anymore, but I have a copy of it in PDF. (I’ve attached it above.)

Akinola, Popoola and Orama are as believable as toe-tappin’ Larry Craig. The sooner they all resign, the better.

“I am not Gay,” Craig told a news conference. “I have never been Gay.” Then why’d you plead guilty, Larry?

Orama incited violence, all right, just like Akinola did a couple of years ago after a spate of Muslim attacks on Christians in Nigeria. “Muslims don’t have a monopoly on violence,” Akinola warned, and the next day Christians rioted with a hundred Muslims dead.

This is what passes for Christianity in Nigeria AND the United States.

Needless to say, the demonstration against Akinola in Wheaton, Illinois September 23 is ON.++

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