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.
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