Akinola, Repudiate Anti-Gay Violence

June 20, 2008

Arab Nation Refuses to Admit Akinola

Finally. Somebody has refused to allow Peter Akinola to wreak havoc in their country.

Reuters is reporting that the nation of Jordan has denied Akinola permission to enter to attend GAFCON, the right-wing conference that purports to plan the Global Anglican Future of schism, America-bashing and homophobia.

GAFCON (Fr. Jake calls it Gaffe-Con) has proven to be one disaster after another for its organizers. First it was supposed to happen in Jerusalem—but the Anglican Bishop didn’t want it there, saying it would inflame Israeli-Palestinian relations in that sensitive part of the world. Then they moved the parley to Jordan, with a “pilgrimage” to Jerusalem tacked onto the end. Now that hasn’t worked either; Jordan won’t let Akinola in.

Why? They want to know his role in an anti-Muslim riot in Nigeria in 2004 which killed 660 people. This was in response to an anti-Christian riot two months earlier in the town of Yelwa, in which 70 Christians were murdered. Supposedly some of the Christian rioters wore name tags identifying themselves as members of the Christian Association of Nigeria, which Akinola headed until he was tossed out earlier this year.

He was asked about all this by a reporter for The Atlantic magazine, grinned and said, “No comment.”

This is the Anglican Archbishop of Nigeria, who’s made his entire name and reputation by trying to purge the Episcopal Church of homosexuals, or barring that, to steal as many buildings and altar hangings as he can get his hands on.

Jordan said no thanks. The United States should likewise prevent him from entering. It appears the man’s a criminal.

The American homophobes who have cast their lot with him (in Virginia, Illinois and elsewhere) are cruising for a bruising. Akinola has no moral stature. He isn’t a leader of the self-proclaimed “orthodox Bible believers,” much less the second most powerful man in Anglicanism; he’s an outlaw, a pretender, a usurper.

Lately American schismatics seem to agree; they’re all running the other direction these days, to Argentina and the Diocese of the Southern Cone, which offers homophobia without the anti-Islamic violence.

Still, it’s all for naught; you can’t build a church in America anymore where the product is anti-Gay; the market rejects it. This isn’t a matter of “trendiness,” as the GAFfers like to claim; it’s a deep-seated conviction, born in American high schools, Why’s Everyone Picking on Tommy? What Did Tommy Ever Do to You?

The GAFfers are crazy-delusional. You can’t take the staid, solemn ritual of the Episcopal Church, overlay it with snarky homo-hatred and expect anyone but old people to show up. You sure as heck can’t put an outlaw in charge and think you now rival the Queen of England. It just doesn’t work that way.

This will all be over soon, and Tommy will have more fans than ever.++

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.++

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