My my my; one post on this tiny blog and Anglican Land goes nuts. Our pal Greggy at Viagraville pops more pills; Fr. Jake stops the world; even the Archbishop of Canterbury weighs in. Why? Because of an e-mail Davis Mac-Iyalla sent me a week ago, describing how the leader of the Gay Anglican group Changing Attitude in Port Harcourt, Nigeria was assaulted at Davis’s sister’s funeral over Easter.
I posted the e-mailed press release as I received it, without comment. It speaks for itself as a statement of Changing Attitude-Nigeria. Do I know it to be true? No. Do I know it to be false? No. What I know is that it is a statement made by the only openly-Gay activist in Nigeria, my friend Mr. Mac-Iyalla, who is a prominent layman in the Anglican Church.
Considering how aggressively homohating Nigeria is, goaded on by its politically ambitious Archbishop-Primate who has advocated jailing Gay people for 14 years for the horrific crime of having lunch together, it seems right to me to give Mac-Iyalla a web forum in which to speak.
He gets to be responsible for what he says.
And yes, I’ve known him to exaggerate a time or two—but far less than Peter Akinola, the bloodsucking Archbishop of Abuja.
When Davis says that a Gay leader got beaten up at his sister’s funeral, I think he’s probably right. Greggy doesn’t seem to realize this, but Gay people really don’t have a need to make up persecution stories; they happen quite enough in normal life. It’s hard for us to imagine more of them. We have no need to invent when the examples are all around us.
The good news is that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, denounced the violence:
In response to reports of violence and threats towards Christians involved in the debate on human sexuality, the Archbishop of Canterbury has given the following statement:
“The threats recently made against the leaders of Changing Attitudes are disgraceful. The Anglican Communion has repeatedly, through the Lambeth Conference and the statements from its Primates’ Meetings, unequivocally condemned violence and the threat of violence against gay and lesbian people. I hope that this latest round of unchristian bullying will likewise be universally condemned.”
I am often critical of Archbishop Rowan, but in this case he deserves a little bow. Here is the point Greggy doesn’t seem to get: the Rev. Colin Coward is not a Nigerian, but a priest of the Church of England and a man with a reputation for reasoned, moderate truth-telling. I highly doubt Rowan would have issued this statement based on Davis Mac-Iyalla’s claims alone; Rowan was moved to act because of death threats received by Colin Coward thousands of miles away.
Get-Hard Greggy can “call out” Mac-Iyalla all he wants, demanding photographs, police reports (in Nigeria? oh, those would be reliable), hospital records—as if proof would satisfy; it wouldn’t, Greggy’d just change the subject. After all, it’s an activist site; he doesn’t deal in truth, but ideology.
Imagine that; someone actively trying to kill off the Episcopal Church for the sake of his own homophobic masturbation.
The ambition involved is quite breathtaking. But when he “calls out” Colin Coward, he’s facing someone well-known in the Church of England; hated by the right, not entirely endorsed by the left, but respected even in Canterbury.
Mind you, Colin and I have fought a time or two; but I believe he tells the truth.
I have no reason to doubt Mac-Iyalla’s claims, or Fr. Coward’s. And I know Davis better than anyone else in America. I know his weaknesses, flaws and sins; I traveled and lived with him for two months and believe me, the results were not that pretty.
But I also never caught him in a lie about the Anglican Church of Nigeria. I believe he speaks a prophetic truth about Peter Akinola, a con man who will one day embarrass every innocent in his breakaway American churches.
They’re the ones I feel for, really; they’ve let homophobia and Bible-thumping lead them into schism—a lot worse sin than sucking dick.
I mean, God’s already seen this stuff; he knows what goes on. And like all those liberals Greggy’s so distraught over, I think God’s a lot more concerned with warmongering in Iraq than who does what with a penis.
Wars kill people, and you should have seen the teeth-gnashing on GetHard when William F. Buckley died! They thought he was a saint, when he was just a TV performer with a gimmick—a guy who underpaid college students to search out polysyllabic words no one had ever heard of, which he could then introduce on his little-watched debate show on PBS.
He reminds me of the song from “Gypsy,” “You Gotta Have a Gimmick!” Buckley had one, all right, leaving the morons in Mississippi going ga-ga over the brilliant talk of the snake-oil salesman. “He has to be smart, he says words we never heard of!”
Gee whillikers. And he advocated every war in U.S. history, especially Vietnam and Iraq.
This brings me back to Fr. Jake, the world-stopper, with a cool cartoon of a snake-oil salesman. (Clue: snakes aren’t greasy.)
When I passed on Davis’s (and Colin’s) press release to Jake, I didn’t comment, I just served as a conduit. Like Greggy, I’m doubtful about the formal English attributed to the attackers. I doubt someone had a tape recorder on the scene. I doubt these were the exact words that were said; they’re way too neat—unless the so-called thugs were highly educated Anglicans, who may well have spoken this way. Nigerians are more English than the English are, though they also garble the language continually.
But I don’t doubt that the attack occurred, or that all such attacks are encouraged by Peter Akinola and the Anglican Church of Nigeria. No doubt he’s slick enough to stay several steps removed, but the man advocates violence—which is why several thousand Americans are going to one day feel betrayed.
Let them march on Greggy’s website in Mississippi.++