Akinola, Repudiate Anti-Gay Violence

September 6, 2007

Picket Akinola Sunday, Sept. 23, outside Chicago


Davis Mac-Iyalla, director of Changing Attitude-Nigeria

Archbishop Peter Akinola, the infamous anti-Gay bigot and schismatic Anglican, is coming to the Chicago area later this month to celebrate the Eucharist with five local breakaway churches which are part of the Anglican Mission in America. He will be greeted by a picket line in protest of his ongoing campaign of intimidation and violence against LGBT Africans.

His visit comes three weeks after a Nigerian bishop he appointed last year, named Isaac Orama, denounced Gay people as “inhuman, insane and not fit to live.”

Akinola himself has advocated passing a law in Nigeria which would make all forms of Lesbian and Gay organizing or socializing punishable by five years in a Nigerian prison. This bill has been criticized by the U.S. Department of State and the European Parliament.

In addition, Akinola’s press secretary, Canon Tunde Popoola, has conducted a smear campaign against Nigeria’s leading Gay activist, Davis Mac-Iyalla, director of Changing Attitude-Nigeria, an organization of LGBT Anglicans. Mac-Iyalla has been forced to flee his native country after receiving multiple death threats.

Akinola seeks to split the worldwide Anglican Communion, the world’s second-largest Christian church with 70 million members, apparently to replace the historic leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury with himself as head of a new “Global South Communion.”

Akinola will appear at the chapel of ultra-conservative Wheaton College at 10:30 a.m. The chapel is located at the corner of Washington and Franklin Streets in Wheaton, Illinois, about 30 miles west of downtown Chicago. (Wheaton College is not the target of this protest.)

The demonstration will be peaceful and will not disrupt the church service. It is aimed not only at the archbishop but at his American enablers, former Episcopalians with a particular antipathy for Gay people who are splitting the Church to keep Gay people out.

Gay and Straight Episcopalians will gather at 8 a.m. for Mass at St. James’s Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St., Chicago, then drive to Wheaton for the demonstration, which will last one hour, from 10-11 a.m. Protesters will march in procession on the sidewalk opposite the Wheaton College Chapel and will not interfere with those attending the church service.

The demonstration is co-sponsored by dailyoffice.org, a prayer website serving the Episcopal Church, and the Gay Liberation Network of Chicago.

Dailyoffice.org sponsored an American speaking tour for Davis Mac-Iyalla earlier this summer, with appearances in 20 U.S. cities.

For more information contact Josh Thomas at josh@dailyoffice.org.


  1. My wife and I shall be there.


    Comment by jimB — September 6, 2007 @ 4:08 pm | Reply

  2. Fantastic, jimB. Looking forward to meeting you both.

    A friend in need is a friend indeed.

    Comment by josh — September 6, 2007 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

  3. I shall be so proud of you all.

    Comment by Göran Koch-Swahne — September 7, 2007 @ 11:50 am | Reply

  4. Thanks Josh and others including the GLN for been in solidarity with us.

    Comment by Davis Mac-Iyalla — September 8, 2007 @ 8:51 am | Reply

  5. I’ll be several time zones away that morning, but will be thinking of you all. I’ll pass this information along to my friends from church, who may be able to join you.

    Comment by Ginny — September 8, 2007 @ 4:58 pm | Reply

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  7. Too far away to attend, but at our 10:30 service, we will pray for you that your witness will be used by the Spirit of God to turn ++Akinola’s heart to loving goodness. Blessings on you all.

    Comment by The Rev. Canon Bob Webster — September 9, 2007 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

  8. Thank you, Canon Bob. We need prayers as well as bodies; this event is as much spiritual as political. That’s why some of us will be starting at early mass. (Others can avoid the Loop and proceed directly to Wheaton.) Pray for the safety of all LGBTs in Nigeria and Uganda.

    Comment by josh — September 10, 2007 @ 12:50 am | Reply

  9. Please know that we in Camelford, North Cornwall, UK will also pray for your courageous witness and that Archbishop Akinola’s heart of stone will be melted and replaced with a heart of flesh. Every blessing in Christ.

    Comment by Rev Jim Benton-Evans — September 10, 2007 @ 4:03 am | Reply

  10. UPI has retracted the story about Orama.

    Comment by Greg Griffith — September 10, 2007 @ 1:05 pm | Reply

  11. It’s not UPI’s to retract, Mr. Griffith. The story was produced by the official government News Agency of Nigeria, which hasn’t said a word.

    All we have is Tunde Popoola’s denial, five days after the story appeared, and he has all the credibility of Sen. Larry Craig – or yourself.

    Comment by josh — September 10, 2007 @ 6:11 pm | Reply

  12. I’m thinking of coming, but from Michigan, I’d really like to stay over Saturday night. Can anybody nearby put me up? (Have sleeping bag, will travel!)

    Contact me: jcf1962 at iwarp dot net

    Comment by JCF — September 10, 2007 @ 8:27 pm | Reply

  13. I happen to be a graduate of the “fundamentalist Wheaton College” and member of one of the renegade Anglican churches meeting that Sunday (though I am trying to wade through this entire mess), but I would be very happy to host a picketer or two. Contrary to popular belief we are not bigoted, hate-filled people, but sinners like everyone else trying to share the love of Christ with others. Sometimes words are put into our mouths or actions attributed to us, that are completely false.
    For those protesting you will find yourselves treated with donuts and coffee by my friends and fellow church members.

    Comment by Mark Brice — September 12, 2007 @ 1:51 pm | Reply

  14. Nice, Mr. Brice.

    But let’s get one thing clear. White Southern racist politicians always claimed that they loved Black people, too. All these politicians were trying to do was “preserve their way of life,” or “states’ rights,” or some other noble cause.

    The fact that Black people got killed, imprisoned and impoverished to maintain these sacred principles was, well, unfortunate, perhaps. Deplorable even.

    Mr. Brice, it’s not your conscious thoughts that make us call you homophobic bigots; it’s the results of your actions.

    “Hate the sin, love the sinner” means no health insurance for domestic partners; no hospital visitation; no parental rights for Gay and Lesbian parents; extra taxation; discrimination in jobs, housing and public accomodations; excluding Gay people from hate crimes laws; and denying Gay people any form of public recognition whatever.

    We don’t care what your thoughts are, or your justifications; those positions aim to assert heterosexual superiority in every aspect of public life. And just like the old doctrine of white superiority, that’s profoundly bigoted and sinful.

    But you have the right to believe and worship any way you want, just don’t tear apart our churches to get there. These African bishops are massively unethical and not worth following. There are much better alternatives for conservative Anglicans.

    Our demonstration is not ultimately aimed at Akinola, but at people like you.

    Comment by josh — September 12, 2007 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

  15. Josh and all, I am encouraging Integrity of Western Michigan to join you. In the meantime, my prayers are with you — for your spiritual health, for your physical safety, and in gratitude for your witness.

    And FWIW, I endorse what you’ve written to Greg Griffith above. The current so-called “retraction” doesn’t even come from the official e-mail address…

    And further FWIW, I agree with your reaction to “Hate the sin, love the sinner.” That attitude simply doesn’t wash for me. (And I realize that my reaction infuriates and possibly even insults good people who believe they DO love the sinners among us…) (us being us GLBT folks, that is…)


    Comment by Padre Wayne — September 14, 2007 @ 5:07 pm | Reply

  16. Padre Wayne, it would be wonderful if some Integrity folks could come.

    I did my first media interview today on the demonstration, with the Religion News Service in Washington, D.C. A reporter in Chicago plans to come.

    Also I notified the religion reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times; haven’t contacted the Tribune reporter yet, because I gave the Trib an exclusive when Davis Mac-Iyalla was in town back in June. Now it’s the Sun-Times’ turn.

    Comment by josh — September 14, 2007 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

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  18. Josh,
    It is unfortunate that you are so quick to judge people like Mark. He tried to show loving-kindness to you and you have attacked him, calling him a bigot. This behaviour is not Christ-like. Jesus taught us to pray for our enemies. Perhaps prayer would be more edifying than hateful rhetoric.
    There are some people in the world who do hate the LGBT population and use religion to defend themselves just as there are some LGBT’s who hate orthodox Christians while using religion to justify themselves. However, this does not mean that all conservative, orthodox Christians are hateful or arrogant just as not all LGBT’s are hateful or arrogant. I have gay friends whom I love dearly. I also have friends who sin in other ways whom I love dearly. Because I love them so, I cannot idly approve of destructive behaviour in them. Jesus loved us so much that he came to rescue us from ourselves; not to overlook our faults, but to heal them.
    Please do not be guilty of prejudice or hateful rhetoric.
    I will pray for you.

    Comment by Marcus Emmons — September 21, 2007 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

  19. Marcus, stop saying Gayness is destructive behavior!

    Stop lecturing me.

    And above all, stop calling sharp criticism hatred. That’s a complete lie. I pray for Peter Akinola frequently. I think he should stop trying to throw Gay people in jail just for walking down the street. And I think Americans should stop sending money and support to such bigots.

    Comment by josh — September 21, 2007 @ 10:43 pm | Reply

  20. Josh,
    I am glad to hear that you are praying for Akinola. I also think that Gay people should not be thrown in jail for walking down the street. Your criticism sounded hateful, I am sorry that I misspoke. Since this is your blog, I will stop lecturing you as you requested.

    Comment by Marcus Emmons — September 22, 2007 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

  21. Dear God, bless Marcus Emmons. We don’t agree about much, but we agree about you.


    Comment by josh — September 23, 2007 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

  22. I would like to see a continuation of the topic

    Comment by Maximus — December 20, 2007 @ 12:33 am | Reply

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    Comment by Ezoteraa — April 2, 2009 @ 10:16 am | Reply

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