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.
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.++