Akinola, Repudiate Anti-Gay Violence

December 27, 2007

Ugandan Bishop Pops Off—on Christmas!

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There is no end to Gay bashing in Africa, but now an Anglican bishop has sunk to a new low: using his Christmas sermon as the occasion.

The New Vision, “Uganda’s Leading Website,” reports this:

THE Government should not yield to pressure and legalise homosexuality and lesbianism, the Bishop of Bukedi Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Nicodemus Okille, has appealed.

The bishop, who was delivering his Christmas sermon at St. Peter’s Church of Uganda Tororo on Tuesday, said the acts violate both the biblical teachings on marriage and African culture.

Okille criticised the advocates of gay rights, saying they had no place in the Kingdom of God.

Some Bible preaching, huh?

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “God hates fags. Gay sex is unafrican. Give lots of money to the Anglican Church.”

Using Christmas Day to deliver this hateful sermon is beneath the Christian religion—but it helps fill Archbishop Henry Orombi’s coffers.

December 7, 2007

Kolini Tries Bait & Switch in Rwanda: “No Mingling” with Gays

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Here’s the news from The New Times in Kigali, as aggregated by AllAfrica.com:

Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini has called on churches in the East African region to fight against homosexuality for the good of the society.

The leader of the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda insisted that Anglican churches in East Africa will not mingle with the homosexuals in the affairs of the church for the good of the community.

“We are reformed Anglicans who want to adhere to the original creeds of the Bible, and that’s why our church has decided to ignore the 2008 Lambeth Conference because it has not done much to fight homosexuality in the communion,” he said on Sunday.

Other than being another blanket condemnation of Gay people to advance his position in domestic and Church politics, it’s hard to interpret Kolini’s exact meaning. If he actually did say the words “the original creeds of the Bible,” it’s an incoherent statement; the Bible doesn’t contain any creeds.

The “no mingling” bit is equally confusing. Remember, English is not the native language of Archbishop Kolini or the news reporter, Grace Mugabe. The meaning and use of words changes from place to place. If you thought Biblical interpretation was difficult, try parsing the English spoken in Africa.

Suffice it for now that Kolini has felt the need to demonize Gay people, so ignore the plausible distraction and keep your eye on what he’s really up to. You can bet it’s really about politics.++

November 24, 2007

Schismatics Hail Support from Malango, Orombi

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Henry Orombi, Archbishop of Uganda

I continue to be amazed, as schism unfolds in Anglican Land, that any sensible American or Canadian would be caught in the same room with such unsavory characters as Archbishop Bernard Malango and Bishop Nolbert Kunonga, much less to consider them spiritual leaders. They’re crooks.

But anti-Gay Anglicans in Canada and the U.S. are falling all over themselves to trumpet Malango’s latest support for schism. He and Archbishop Henry Orombi of Uganda signed a letter praising the breakaway Canadians who are aligning with the Southern Cone in South America.

Here is how Stephen Bates described Kunonga last year in a column for the Church of England newspaper:

“The list of 38 charges against the good bishop, who is a crony of Robert Mugabe, brought against him by his own black parishioners, include little matters such as incitement to murder, intimidation, ignoring church law, mishandling funds and proselytising for Zanu PF from the pulpit. He has also occupied a farm and evicted 40 families from a local village. A couple of months ago he even licensed the acting vice-president of Zimbabwe Joseph Msika, a man on record as saying that whites are not human beings, to act as a deacon of the church.”

Mugabe is the president of Zimbabwe, and he’s an out-and-out thug. Zanu PF is his political party. He has all but destroyed Zimbabwe’s once-prosperous economy; inflation is estimated at 2000% a year. And Kunonga is thick as thieves with him.

It’s all about that farm, you see; to stay in power, Mugabe pays off his friends and has his enemies beaten or killed.

This is how much of Africa is run, but Zimbabwe’s the worst case. It’s a nightmare.

The State Department has barred Kunonga from entering the United States. He’s not allowed in the European Union either. But he has a protector in Archbishop Malango, who has thwarted every effort by Kunonga’s own parishioners to make him stand trial in a Church court.

Obviously the North American schismatics don’t care what goes on in Zimbabwe. Their only interest is getting support from every Primate they can find.

And there are more waiting in the wings; Peter Akinola, the Primate of All Nigeria, is coming to Maryland next month to ordain more anti-Gay clergy for CANA.

Man, this is some crazy stuff: getting in bed with thugs so you can keep heterosexual supremacy as an article of Christian faith.

It’s bound to backfire sooner or later.

The Africans don’t really care about Gay people; they use Gay people as domestic political scapegoats. That’s why Mugabe says such outrageous things; he blames all of Zimbabwe’s problems on homosexuals.

You can see right through him; this has been going on for years. Here’s the BBC reporting in 1998:

Politicians call them the “festering finger” endangering the body of the nation: churchmen say God wants them dead: and the courts send them to jail. Zimbabwe has declared that it will not tolerate homosexuality – and the country’s tiny community of gays and lesbians says that means they are now the target of a state-sanctioned hate campaign.

Let the schism happen. I don’t want to be in the same room with the friends of Robert Mugabe, Nolbert Kunonga and Bernard Malango—including all the anti-Gay bloggers and commenters.

You tyrant, why do you boast of wickedness *
against the godly all day long?
You plot ruin;
your tongue is like a sharpened razor, *
O worker of deception.
You love evil more than good *
and lying more than speaking the truth.
You love all words that hurt, *
O you deceitful tongue.
Oh, that God would demolish you utterly, *
topple you, and snatch you from your dwelling,
and root you out of the land of the living!
The righteous shall see and tremble, *
and they shall laugh at him, saying,
“This is the one who did not take God for a refuge, *
but trusted in great wealth
and relied upon wickedness.”
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; *
I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
I will give you thanks for what you have done *
and declare the goodness of your Name in the presence
of the godly.

It’s Psalm 52. God figured out these people a long time ago.++

November 18, 2007

African Bishops Afraid of Protests?

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Peter Tatchell in the pulpit at Canterbury Cathedral, 1998

This from “Anglican Mainstream,” which claims to be “Anglo-Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox, Charismatic and Mainstream,” but which is at most two of those, including “Charismatic”:

It has been affirmed that the Lambeth Conference is definitely going ahead and that prior to the Lambeth Conference there will be a mini-Lambeth in each diocese, where hospitality will be offered throughout the UK dioceses to the arriving bishops from overseas. Many bishops of course from overseas have indicated that for many reasons they cannot currently accept the invitation to Lambeth. This has to do with the impossibility for them to have fellowship with those who have blatantly defied the counsels of the Lambeth Conference and the wishes of the Communion over the last 10 years. Some have mentioned their concern at the possibility of being subject to protests over their orthodox stances.

There are at least three ways to interpret this mealy-mouthed, passively-voiced report (“It has been affirmed that…”); one is that the protest I organized against Peter Akinola in Wheaton, Illinois in September has resounded throughout the Anglican Communion. I’m not at all sure this is true, though I might like it to be.

Another is that Akinola now wants to attribute to LGBT people the same violence he incites against us—and has incited against Muslims in the past, resulting in over a hundred deaths at the hand of rioting Anglicans. Accusing Gay people of this won’t stand up to scrutiny, however, as we are some of the most peaceful folks on the planet, despite constant hetero provocations. Why, you’d almost think we were Quakers.

A third is that the Africans are looking for any excuse not to go to Lambeth, since they’ve set themselves up for “the impossibility for them to have fellowship with those who have blatantly defied the counsels of the Lambeth Conference.” Clearly these folks aren’t Anglicans at all; Anglicans don’t cluster around doctrine, but about worship in the Book of Common Prayer.

Whatever excuse they come up with, I really don’t care. Lambeth Conferences have NO power to legislate for the Anglican Communion. Neither do Primates’ pronouncements.

But I do note that Peter Tatchell, the British Gay Christian activist, has already been accused by Akinola of “violence” for interrupting the Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey’s Easter sermon in 1998—with an entirely peaceful protest that lasted all of three minutes, for which he was convicted by an English court of the mildest possible misdemeanor, the court noting that nothing approaching violence occurred. Tatchell didn’t touch Lord Carey.

That didn’t stop Akinola, though, who has since exclaimed repeatedly about Gay thugs.

I have previously noted (in my novel “Murder at Willow Slough”) these dueling stereotypes of Gay men as passive sissies (“It has been affirmed that the Lambeth Conference is going ahead”) and marauding thugs. These opposites can’t both be true, and in fact neither one is. We’re not passive, but we don’t commit violence. If you’re looking for thugs, go to Akinola’s Nigeria.

Akinola’s remarks go beyond spin to utter falsehood. The man’s a liar, and by their fruits ye shall know them.

I don’t approve of what Tatchell did necessarily, interrupting a church service (on Easter no less), but Carey is a homophobic bigot and sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

Meanwhile I note that Davis Mac-Iyalla’s protest that Abuja, Nigeria ought not to be awarded the British Commonwealth Games, backed up by Tatchell, has been successful; the 2012 Games will be held in Glasgow, Scotland.

Fewer thugs there, I take it.++

October 2, 2007

Kenyan Human Rights Chair Slams Anglican Bishops

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L. Muthoni Wanyeki, the executive director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission, is one African leader fearlessly doing her job. In an opinion column in The East African newspaper, she says this:

On July 7 this year, two black South African lesbians were executed in Soweto. It is believed that they were followed home after a party. They were removed from their car, taken to a field and gang-raped before being executed.

Their deaths were not isolated. Another woman, also known to be a lesbian, was killed in Cape Town around the same time. And, in line with the ignorant idea that lesbians can be “fixed,” over 10 women known to be lesbians were raped. An atmosphere of fear has been created.

That is South Africa. Closer to home, the Tanzanian Lesbian Association has had to help relocate two lesbians following the publication of a picture of them kissing under the banner: “Uchafu.”

Lawrence Mute, formerly a commissioner with the Kenya National Human Rights Commission, remarked last week, “Being blind, I know what being disadvantaged, being vulnerable, being discriminated against, is all about.” He was, on behalf of the KNHRC, one of the drafters of the so-called Yogyakarta Principles — an attempt to being together, in one document, the range of already agreed upon international and regional human rights standards that apply (or should apply) to ensure the equal treatment of the gay community (or communities).

Noting that the history of human rights is one of claim, contestation and confirmation, sexual rights are human rights — but remain abstract until those oppressed begin that arduous and long process of first staking claim.

That no less than one of the most powerful mainstream churches on the continent does not seem to understand this — or to even be willing to try to do so — is a cause for deep concern. Prejudice and stereotypes both cause and enable systemic discrimination. When they are “sanctioned” by those considered to be authorities, the logical outcome is the kind of hate crimes now being witnessed in South Africa.

LET US BE CLEAR ABOUT THIS. WE all reacted with horror to the kind of human-rights violations seen during the genocide in Rwanda. We all asked ourselves: How could family, friends, neighbours turn on each other in such a devastatingly vicious manner. What we all should remember is that all it takes is sanction from authorities of any kind — the state, religious organisations and so on. We are all capable of being genocidal. We just need to believe that we are “right” in being so.

What the African Anglican bishops have essentially said is that African citizens are “right” in their prejudices and stereotypes about African gay communities. It is thus the African Anglican hierarchy that should “repent.” If we do not stop and check ourselves, we can rest assured that the damage ultimately caused will not just be to the Anglican family worldwide. The damage will be to our own.

Kenyan Anglicans are some of the leaders in the current anti-Gay schism.

You can read the whole thing here.

It is nice to hear an African woman’s voice for a change in all this. Who better knows about rape as a weapon?

September 23, 2007

Success: 1st-Ever Protest Against Akinola & Schism

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.

The Chicago Tribune, the Sun-Times, local TV, the Associated Press, Christianity Today, the college newspaper, the Religion News Service: we got our message across. Jesus loves everyone.

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.++

September 20, 2007

A Message to Members of AMiA

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As the organizer of the Akinola protest in Wheaton, let me clarify something here. The protest is aimed at those African bishops and American supporters who threaten, endanger, intimidate, imprison, banish and kill LGBT people.

It’s not about territorial boundaries or Biblical hermaneutics. It’s about people endangered by the unholy alliance between their government and Anglican churches.

No matter how nice the people are in AMiA churches, how “loving” they think they are, how much “support” they want to give Gay people to “overcome their sin,” how equal those nice Straight parishioners consider themselves in sinfulness, this is not a protest about American Gay people who can mostly fend for themselves (and reject such phony love). It’s about Africans being killed in the name of Christ.

With every dime and prayer AMiA congregants send to these heretical African bishops, they contribute to suffering and death, all in the name of idolatrous hermaneutics. The Bible is not God!

But the face of God is found in those African Gay souls.

I ask every member of AMiA, Do you want to be hunted like an animal? Do you want to hunt human beings?

September 15, 2007

Now Violent Nigerians Whine About THEIR Safety!

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The Most Reverend Peter Akinola, by Adrian Worsford

It’s all because of homosexual terrorists, you know. Innocent people get Straight-bashed every day, lashed to fences and left bleeding to death—heteros executed in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran by vicious Gay sissy-thugs with their dress-wearing, Judy Garland-singing, family-destroying, world-dominating agenda. Because of them, Gay armies send planes into the World Trade Center and kill our soldiers in Iraq!

The shameless bishops of the Anglican Church of Nigeria are now saying they’re scared to go to the Lambeth Conference of bishops next year because of Gay activists and pamphleteers. Episcopal Café quotes this open letter from the Nigerian Church to the Archbishop of Canterbury:

We are all witnesses to:

• The presence of placard carrying and leaflets distributing campaigners at the last Lambeth Conference distracting Bishops who travelled thousands of miles for fellowship. These protesters effectively shifted the focus of the conference to human sexuality – as if that was all that mattered.

• The physical assaults against clergymen with opposing view, such as your predecessor attacked in his own Cathedral pulpit, and a Kenyan bishop assaulted by two people dressed as clergymen.

• The occasion when your own General Synod was disrupted by protestors angry over the handling of the Canon Jeffery John issue.

• Recent attempts to mandate unbiblical views in the UK through force of law and the protests and attacks by activists determined to disrupt and intimidate any group that seeks to uphold biblical teaching.

In truth anyone who does not embrace revisionist views is a potential target. We know it is possible to provide some security to minimize such occurrences but is the additional cost justifiable? Would the resultant atmosphere of fear and uncertainty be conducive to the goals of such a large gathering of bishops?”

This attempt to twist the facts with propaganda appears to be a direct response to Bishop Isaac Orama’s getting caught saying that LGBT people are “inhuman, insane, satanic and not fit to live.”

It’s a time-dishonored tactic: divert attention from your own scandal by accusing your opponents of the same thing you just did. Next Akinola will claim the Jews were responsible for krystallnacht!

As for “the physical assaults against clergymen with opposing view [sic], such as your predecessor attacked in his own Cathedral pulpit,” that was not a physical assault in any way; a Gay Christian activist named Peter Tatchell interrupted Archbishop Carey’s Easter 1998 sermon briefly and non-violently, for which a British court fined Tatchell $25, as the BBC reported. According to the magistrate:

“The offence as far as I am concerned is the equivalent of a minor public order offence.

“You are a man of previous good character and you have a clear commitment to your cause and a belief in non-violent protest.

“The incident lasted at most for a few minutes. No one was hurt and the service resumed shortly afterwards.”

No one was hurt, yet the Nigerian Church calls that a physical assault! Do you need any more proof that these men are liars?

These bishops are not Christians in any recognizable way. Americans who follow them—out of ignorance more than hatred, I believe—are being played for fools.

I keep wondering if someday the people in the pews at secessionist churches will realize their clergy are robbing them blind (Don Armstrong), lying to them (David Anderson), manipulating them (Martyn Minns), hammering their souls (Matt “We are all depraved” Kennedy) and demonizing their children (Peter Akinola, Henry Orombi)—but they never do.

No bishop ever got maimed by a Gay pamphlet. No marriage ever got destroyed by a Gay activist. No child ever got turned Gay by a book or movie. And no civilization ever got destroyed because Adam loved Steve and not Eve.

Here is the Rev. Colin Coward’s take on what actually happened at Lambeth 1998, courtesy of Thinking Anglicans. He was there, I was not. Coward is the director of Changing Attitude-England and mentor of Davis Mac-Iyalla, the Nigerian Gay Anglican targeted by Akinola with death threats:

Protesters did not shift the focus of Lambeth 1998 to sexuality – the focus on homosexuality was initiated by the Statement on Human Sexuality issued by the Anglican Churches of the South meeting in Kuala Lumpur in February 1997. The meeting was led by the Most Reverend Joseph A. Adetiloye, Archbishop of Nigeria. The “Kuala Lumpur Statement”, as it came to be known, was then endorsed by the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in America.

A Nigerian initiated the focus on sexuality at Lambeth 1998 and with their conservative friends from America, it was Nigeria that forced it onto the agenda, forced resolution 1.10 to be drafted, forced a debate at the final plenary session.

I was among those from Changing Attitude who distributed leaflets advertising an open hearing to listen to the experience of lesbian and gay people. We didn’t distract bishops nor shift the focus.

The most abusive event to happen at Lambeth ‘98 was the attempt by Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma of Nigeria to exorcise Richard Kirker’s “demons of homosexuality.” Richard and other LGCM members had been holding their banner in a quiet and dignified manner that day – no abuse, no intimidation, just an appropriate presence.

Some of the Nigerian bishops and their secessionist allies in America say they don’t want to come to Lambeth because they are worried about security. They think we are going to attack them. What they don’t want, of course (some of them) is to sit quietly and have a conversation with us and relate to us as human beings and brother and sister Christians.

This letter is another tactical move from the Church of Nigeria and her allies in the USA. It is a letter written from a position of weakness. They are not getting their own way. Clearly the majority of bishops at the meeting this week want to come to Lambeth and Minns and Akinola couldn‘t persuade them otherwise.

They want an immediate Primate’s meeting and ++Rowan to postpone Lambeth and get everyone stitched up with a binding Covenant. That won’t happen either. So the next step, taken after the TEC House of Bishops’ meeting, will be further threats to raise the pressure, and when that fails, another strategic move to buy time, and eventually they will turn up at Lambeth.

The demonstration against Peter Akinola and all his American followers in Wheaton, Illinois on Sunday, September 23 from 10-11 a.m. is ON. Come and watch the queers be gentle in the face of hatred, homophobia and sheeply gullibility.++

September 12, 2007

Orombi’s Coming too, to Chattanooga Presbyterians

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Next week, it seems, is crunch time for the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion, and certain bishops are furiously elbowing each other to say “Me too!” to schism.

The American House of Bishops meets Sept. 20-25 in New Orleans with Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury. He is hoping to rein in the Episcopalians, who have this strange notion that all love is from God, even when that love is shared between persons of the same sex.

If Williams does not succeed (and no one thinks he will), what next? No one knows for sure. He could grow a spine and say, “Well, the Americans are wrong, but I’m not walking away from them.” He could say, “The Americans are wrong, and the rest of us have to walk away from them.” He could say, “The Americans are wrong, and I’m demoting them but not walking away from them.” Or he could say, “It’s all so complex, you see, and even though the Americans are wrong, it’s not for me to decide these things. Let’s study some more.”

Meanwhile, the Africans are coming! The Africans are coming!

Besides Peter Akinola, whom we’re planning to picket on Sunday, Sept. 23 in Wheaton, Illinois, his fellow primate Henry Orombi of Uganda doesn’t want to miss any of the action, so he’s coming to the U.S. too, the same exact week. He’s invited to a Presbyterian conference in Chattanooga. Apparently the Ugandan Church doesn’t need him full-time, because he’ll be in Tennessee for days on end. Here’s the word from his Chattanooga hosts:

Covenant College presents the Neal Conference on True Spirituality September 17-23, 2007, featuring speaker Mindy Belz, editor of World magazine, and musician Phil Wickham. The keynote speaker for the 2007 conference is The Most Reverend Henry Luke Orombi, archbishop of the Church of Uganda.

The relevant schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, September 19
11:00 a.m. Chapel with Archbishop Orombi
5:30 p.m. Invitation-only Anglican Fellowship
7:30 p.m. Chapel with Archbishop Orombi

Thursday, September 20
11:00 a.m. Chapel with Archbishop Orombi
Following chapel Invitation-only Pastors Luncheon
7:30 p.m. Chapel with Archbishop Orombi

Friday, September 21
8:30 a.m. Invitation-only Breakfast
11:00 a.m. Chapel with Archbishop Orombi

Sunday, September 23
11:00 a.m. First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga
Worship service with Archbishop Orombi preaching
6:00 p.m. Covenant Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga
Presbytery-wide worship service with Archbishop Orombi

Meanwhile, a few dioceses are announcing plans to leave the Episcopal Church and take their property with them: Pittsburgh, Quincy, Fort Worth, each putting out frantic press releases.

The rest of the world will snooze through all this, but Anglicans care deeply.

Those of you in the South who can’t get to Chicago Sept. 23 ought to check out Chattanooga.

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