Akinola, Repudiate Anti-Gay Violence

September 5, 2007

Nigerian Bishop: Gays ‘Not Fit to Live’

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Peter Akinola, Archbishop of Nigeria

United Press International, monitoring local media in Africa, reports the following:

Cleric Condemns Homosexuals, Lesbians (sic)

Sept. 2 (UPI) — Uyo, Sept. 2, 2007 (NAN) The Anglican Bishop of Uyo, Rt. Rev. Isaac Orama, has condemned the activities of homosexuals and lesbians, and described those engaged in them as “insane people”. “It is scaring that any one should be involved in a thing like that and I want to say that they will not escape the wrath of God,” he said. Orama told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) today in Uyo, that the practice, which has worsened over the years, was “unbiblical and against God’s purpose for creating man”.

“Homosexuality and lesbianism are inhuman. Those who practice them are insane, satanic and are not fit to live because they are rebels to God’s purpose for man,” the Bishop said. He noted that the Anglican Church in Nigeria had continued to lead the fight against the practice especially in the US where it led the opposition to same sex marriages. “The aim of such fight is to provide a safe place for those who want to remain faithful Anglicans and Biblical Christians,” he explained.

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Tell Orama’s boss, Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola, to repudiate this rhetorical violence against God’s children. His e-mail address is primate@anglican-nig.org or visit his website here.

Watch here for news about demonstrations against Akinola and his “Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).”

You can also add your name, city and parish to our “online petition” in the Comments below. Tell these so-called Christian bishops to repent!

22 Comments »

  1. Well these strong remarks get us right away, to the partial heart of our received con-evo realignment religious notions about queer folks, don’t they?

    We simply start off, presuming (A) queer folks are aberrations of nature which occasion great filth and great danger, all at the same time. We also presume without moderation or further investigation this fundamental, familiar equation of high holiness=brute wrath – as the definitive nature or person of God.

    At the very least, put in historical and cultural contexts, of which we have plenty by now after, say, two thousand years or so of varied beliefs and practices, we would have to say right off the bat that all of the issues – human and religious – involved with sorting out what to think about queer folks, not to mention what in the world to do – to them? with them? about them? against them? – are NOT just so simple.

    The first neglected issue is the point of this site: Stepping aside as clearly as possible just from the palpable heat, vehemence, fear, ignorance, and disgust of the bishop’s remarks. The facts are otherwise dear bishop: You have nothing whatsoever to fear in real life and in real church life, from struggling to conceive that queer folks are still as basically human and deeply human as yourself, and just as beloved of their families, their friends – an maybe even God in Jesus of Nazareth as Risen Lord.

    Whatever else may follow, not one of the bishop’s remarks can be supported by the empirical evidence now available to us from a growing spectrum of solid empirical hypothesis testing, along with trenchant historical and cultural critiques.

    What does painfully emerge from those neglected resources – neglected at least by the bishop and all who think, speak – and presumably are prepared to act – like him is a sorry record of prejudice and mistreatment in cultural life and in church life.

    The burdens of open-mindedness, tolerance, and yes – that familiar religious touchstone – Justice exactly for the strange neighbor you claim to fear and not to know – lie squarely on the bishop’s shoulders. Not on the shoulders, nor minds, nor hearts, nor bodies of the queer folks he so pleasantly and fearfully and ignorantly vilifies in God’s blessed name.

    If there were ever a demonstration needed right in front of our very alternative believer eyes, as to just exactly why the worldwide Anglican Communion constituent provinces so sorely need to befriend queer folks and correct their own traditionalistic mistaken pathways and get over their prejudices and superstitutions about queer folks – partly through just what TEC and Canada and other provinces are slowly but surely doing in redress of their own past prejudices and mistreatments institutionalized, these remarks point us in the right directions, casting good light on the dominant themes where repentance and amendment of life rightly await us.

    Good to have it all, coming right out into the open, open, open, open. And we ask: When with con-evo realignment sense of high and exclusive salvation righteousness NOT be dependent upon the innate, presumed, categorical filth and danger of the other, those target people?

    Comment by drdanfee — September 5, 2007 @ 10:41 pm | Reply

  2. I’m no longer interested in TEC belonging to a communion of churches that shelter these barbarians under it’s umbrella. If you approve of homosexuality or not is no longer the issue. The issue is that the real ‘beasts’ are the ones that call themselves “men of God” and hide behind collar and bible to practice their foul and irrational hatred of others. I’m only one voice but to bishop Katherine and all the bishops..when the ABC arrives tell him we no longer want to be associated with a communion that encourages violence upon the weakest and most fragile persons in African society. The entire episode disgusts me.

    Comment by Jesse — September 5, 2007 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

  3. Prayerful solidarity with all who are in harm’s way this night and every day moving forward.

    It is time for the Body of Christ to stand together and be counted. There is no place for violence in the Church.

    Comment by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer — September 5, 2007 @ 6:31 pm | Reply

  4. I send my prayers in the hopes that Mr. Akinola and his cohorts will find time to look in a mirror and see the hate and the prejudice and the bigotry that is festering there for I know that God and Jesus see these things and are “not well pleased”. If Sodom fell because of it’s greed and inhospitality to strangers then I can only see the church of Nigeria following in the same footsteps and finally enduring the same condemnation as the city itself and Lot’s wife. Understanding that Jesus had a wonderful sense of humor and sometimes a strange twist to his stories, it would not surprise me at all to find out, on the last judgement day, that Akinola and cohorts had been turned into Kosher Salt.
    May God and Jesus Christ have mercy on your souls.

    Comment by Lee Sheldon — September 5, 2007 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

  5. Your Excellency,

    Tears of sorrow flow down the cheeks of our Beloved, the Christ! Through your invective you have broken the covenant we Christians make between ourselves and our Creator: You shall love the Lord, your God, with your whole heart, soul, body and very being; and second, but no less important: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

    Unfortunately the weak in this world define who the “neighbor” is without reading the words of Jesus and following His path. Jesus showed us that the “neighbor” is the person we meet in any place at any time in our entire lives. God loves all His children, even you who repudiates the weak and fragile and those whom you do not undertand or agree with.

    I, too, as a representative of Jesus weep tears of sorrow and feel the pain which my Beloved suffers from those who pretend to follow Him but, in acuality, use the One Who became one of us to lead us home to Him only to perpetrate hate on the very children He created and loves. You are but one of those children.

    May God bless you and may the Holy Sprit bring you enlightenment to understand the message of Jesus.

    Brother Albert + OSB

    Comment by Rev. Albert L. Pike, Jr. — September 5, 2007 @ 7:10 pm | Reply

  6. “Homosexuality and lesbianism are inhuman. Those who practice them are insane, satanic and are not fit to live because they are rebels to God’s purpose for man,” [emphasis added] Isaac Orama

    So the Church of Nigeria has joined Fred Phelp’s Westboro Baptist Church [www.godhatesfags.com] — while pretending to be a part of the Anglican Communion. This is what Mr. Akinola’s ilk mean when they say they are Standing Firm for the “faith once delivered.”

    Mr. Akinola joins the ranks of such people as:

    “”So many people claim to be Christians and complain about all these things their religion says are a sin, but they’re not willing to do anything about it. They don’t have the guts.”
    Benjamin Matthew Williams, convicted murderer.

    “The truth is, the Bible advocates discrimination against, intolerance of and the death penalty for homosexuals.”
    “Pastor” Peter Peters

    “It should be made clear that in order to live a Christian life, any Christian must be able to discriminate and hate, because that’s what the bible says.” Bernhard Kuiper

    “I’m the only one who loves these beasts. I’m the only one that loves them. It plainly says in Leviticus: 19 that “if you love these Sodomites, you’ve got to warn them that they’re going to hell or if you don’t you hate your brother and your heart.” Fred Phelps

    Comment by Presbyter — September 5, 2007 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

  7. From the article, quoting Akinola: “Homosexuality and lesbianism are inhuman. Those who practice them are insane, satanic and are not fit to live because they are rebels to God’s purpose for man,” the Bishop said.

    1. Lesbianism and homosexuality are the same. Again, Akinola refers to men as homosexuals and women as lesbians who are both in the queer category.

    2. He then said those who practice “them” – – – what “them?” Is he referring to practicing with another person who is a homasex’ul or lesbian? Again it’s the English.

    3. insanity: the only insanity I see are these comments by Akinola. All scientific and medical review boards agree that homosexuality is not a mental disorder.

    4. Satanic: What the ‘hell’ is he talking about? How does being gay and worshiping the devil go hand in hand (unless you are the gay Satan from Southpark whose lover is Saddam Hussein) – especially if you are already a Christian? Cheese n crust!

    5. Not fit to live: Where is the “love thy neighbor” in this statement. What right does one human being have over another – and being archbishop does not afford him special rights nor the audacity to decide such. A person not fit to live would indicate that he/she is one of the lowly of this earth and Jesus said that we are to lift up the lowly.

    6. rebels to God’s purpose for man: God’s purpose for humankind has nothing to do with one’s sexual/affectional orientation. I am so glad to know that someone has finally discovered the hidden secrets which reveal God’s purpose for humankind on this earth. It has been stored within Akinola all along. And I thought all this time the answer was to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God” – – apparently, as a gay man, I have been blind sighted once again and have been out of the loop. Apparently my actions in this cord are in error to what God really meant…thanks Akinola, good buddy!

    The Rev. Thomas Squiers
    Fort Worth

    Comment by The Rev. Thomas Squiers — September 5, 2007 @ 9:35 pm | Reply

  8. MY BAD: I said that I was quoting Akinola – meant to say Orama. Thomas+

    Comment by The Rev. Thomas Squiers — September 5, 2007 @ 10:52 pm | Reply

  9. I offer the suffering I have experienced in being beaten by people who hated me for being homosexual–and left me with debilitating seizures to this day, 40 years later–to the love my Lord feels for all his bishops and all his children.

    But the violence must stop. It must be repudiated. And love must be allowed to flower in its place. The bishop’s very statements are violence. God help me not to be violent. Let the kingdom of peace come, and in our lifetime, and let all God’s children say amen, amen.

    Harry Kelley
    St. John’s Episcopal
    Mt. Pleasant, MI
    Diocese of Western Michigan

    Comment by Harry — September 6, 2007 @ 6:34 am | Reply

  10. I’m waiting with bated breath for an announcement from ++Akinola about his disciplining of his bishop. Those comments were barbaric, insulting, frightening and were utterly to be condemmed.
    I do expect that the bishop will be disciplined (and one expects removed from office) for
    ++Akinola has never said anything of the sort. He believes that Homosexual activity is sinsul (as many of our other actions are equally sinful but he has always pronounced that gays as all Christians should be treated with the same welcoming love.
    But to get back to the bishop in question, he must be dealt with -severely – and publically.

    Having said this, may our merciful Lord forgive me my sins, and those of all of us, for He is our Hope and our Salvation.

    Peace.

    Bill

    Comment by Bill C — September 6, 2007 @ 7:08 am | Reply

  11. I sent Archbishop Akinola the following message:

    Dear Archbishop Akinola,

    A bishop of your church has announced that I, as a gay man, do not have the right to live. I know that you have located personnel and churches here in the United States. Please provide me with reassurance that I am not in danger of assassination from members or clergy of these churches.

    I hope that you recognize the considerable trust I have placed in you by giving you my name and address, rendering myself vulnerable to this very danger.

    Comment by Bob Van Keuren — September 6, 2007 @ 8:04 am | Reply

  12. I think he dost protest too much. He’ll be the next one caught with a big dick in his mouth. Christians are not fit to live in my opinion.

    Comment by BIll — September 6, 2007 @ 10:21 am | Reply

  13. “I think he dost protest too much. He’ll be the next one caught with a big dick in his mouth. Christians are not fit to live in my opinion.
    Comment by BIll — September 6, 2007 @ 10:21 am”

    With the witness that “homo-haters” within the Church are giving, I’m not surprised at the disgust non-Christians feel toward believers. It saddens me that “Ye shall know them by their Love…” has been replaced by, “They hate anyone who is different from themselves.”

    Until hating the disenfranchised has been replaced with “Love thy neighbor…”, the light of God’s Love through the Church will continue to dim. A very, very sad witness to God’s love for all humanity.

    Remember the witnessing campaign a few years back: W.W.J.D…..”What Would Jesus Do”? Now I’m beginning to see W.W.J.H. signs and insignias used by non-belivers that testify to the enormous failure of the Church in witnessing to the world… Oh! it stands for “Who Would Jesus Hate”. The correct answer, of course is: No one, not even the haters!

    Comment by John R. Cooke — September 6, 2007 @ 11:20 am | Reply

  14. Traveling always takes some arranging for me–when I’m alone in particular because, while mostly controlled, I do have seizures from time, mostly just strange absences from reality.

    But if anyone can help me figure out how to get to the demonstration and get home, that would be great. Since my partner is a working priest and cannot take this particular Sunday off, I’ll need to catch the train from Lansing to Chicago. And he can’t deliver me to Lansing on Sunday, so I’ll have to come down on Saturday. Any ideas of decent hotels or B&Bs to stay that will be easy for me to get to the church for service on Sunday morning? Is the demo far from the train station back home?

    Anyone going from my part of the world? –Harry

    Comment by Harry — September 6, 2007 @ 11:28 am | Reply

  15. Harry, I might be able to help with housing. I have to fly from NY to Chicago that weekend and will need a place to stay, downtown or with friends. Two beds are as easy as one, plus I’ll have a car.

    Comment by josh — September 6, 2007 @ 11:49 am | Reply

  16. Well, if that works out how lovely it would be. Feel free to email me at harrykel@mac.com and then I can send you my phone number and we’ll figure out if it might work out.

    Harry

    Comment by Harry — September 6, 2007 @ 12:00 pm | Reply

  17. As I read this, I only feel pity for Archbishop Orama. It appears to me by reading his comments that he has forgotten the Greatest Commandment, that is for all of us to walk in love as Christ loved us (John 13:34; Matthew 22:39). Instead, he has chosen dehumanization and bigotry as his doctrine. It will ultimately be his undoing.

    I encourage all of us to pray for him as Jesus told us to do in the Gospels. Love ultimately conquers all and removes all evil from our midst, Amen.

    Comment by Andrew — September 6, 2007 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  18. I offer my prayers for Bishop Orama, that his heart may be turned from hatred of his fellow humans who were made in the image of God. Prayers for those who hear his words, that their hearts might not turn to violence but that they may discern the truth of the Gospel.

    I also offer prayers for those taking part in the demonstration in Wheaton. God go with you.

    God have mercy on us all.

    Brian
    Diocese of Dallas

    Comment by Brian — September 6, 2007 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

  19. How do people like this ever get ordained in the first place?

    Comment by Judy — September 7, 2007 @ 10:28 am | Reply

  20. Not that I’m impressed a lot, but this is more than I expected when I found a link on SU telling that the info here is awesome. Thanks.

    Comment by Pirsey — April 22, 2009 @ 12:46 am | Reply

  21. What do you guys want? For homosexuality to be allowed in the Church? It’s a sin! Against God’s law! Sadly, Bishop Katharine doesn’t see this. The only ones who should be repenting are the homosexuals. You guys should pray for them rather than encourage them. Long live Peter! Long live the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)!

    Comment by Jeff — February 27, 2010 @ 2:05 am | Reply

  22. Knw dis homosexuals shld never ever be condemned Christ said he came for sinners not the believers For God,s sakes try bringing this ones back to God by encouraging them that God ca change them no human shld be condemned!
    I might not be one, but I tell u all homos out there no one has any right to condemn U.

    Comment by bbel — April 17, 2011 @ 11:46 am | Reply


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