Akinola, Repudiate Anti-Gay Violence

September 7, 2007

Canterbury: “Deep Shock” at Orama Diatribe

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Rowan Williams

From the official spokesman of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams:

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has expressed deep shock at remarks said to have been made by the Bishop of Uyo, Nigeria, the Rt Revd Isaac Orama concerning gay and lesbian people.

The Archbishop will be contacting the Archbishop of Nigeria, Dr Peter Akinola, to seek clarification. Dr Williams said “The safety of people of gay and lesbian sexual orientation is a matter of concern for us all. The Anglican Primates, along with all other official bodies in the Anglican Communion, have consistently called for an end to homophobia, violence and hatred. If these reports are correct I would urge the bishop to apologise. Such comments are unacceptable and profoundly shocking on the lips of any Christian”.

Canon James M Rosenthal
Anglican Communion Office
St Andrew’s House
Director of Communications
16 Tavistock Crescent
London W11 1AP UK

I am glad for this. Every anti-Gay statement the Anglican Communion has made (and there have been plenty, with the oft-cited Windsor Report taken as Gospel law when it suits the homophobes) these last ten years has included a warning that LGBT people are not to be demonized, treated as less than human, and are to be cared for as children of God.

Bishops, dioceses and clergy who claim to be “Windsor-compliant” seem to think that theology (intellectual knowledge of God) does not incite violence. Tell it to Matthew Shepard, an Episcopalian.

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