The Anglican Church of Canada, along with others, is vigorously condemning an effort by the Ugandan government to finalize a bill calling for the execution of Ugandans who engage in same-sex acts, or who have AIDS. Meanwhile, top Ugandan Anglicans are applauding the death-penalty provision and denouncing Canada’s bishops for butting into Ugandan issues.
The new bill was introduced after a controversial 2009 conference organized in Uganda by American evangelicals who condemned homosexuality as the ultimate evil. The U.S. evangelicals, including “anti-gay-agenda” author Scott Lively, apparently were not satisfied that Uganda, similar to many African countries, already has laws making homosexual activity punishable by up to 14 years in jail.
The government of Uganda’s new bill to execute active gays has been supported by key Ugandan Anglican bishops, leaders of a church that represents roughly one third of the country’s 31 million mostly poor and illiterate residents.
Along with global leaders, several Christian organizations have opposed the proposed Ugandan bill. They include the bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada, who expressed their “dismay” and said it reflected “irrational fear of homosexual persons.”
After years of debate among Canadian Anglicans, same-sex unions are now being “blessed” in many Canadian Anglican churches, including in Metro Vancouver, where it is not uncommon to have Anglican priests who are openly gay. (Many ministers in the United Church of Canada are also gay or lesbian.)
Following private discussions with the Ugandan Anglican Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has said in a public interview that he did not see how any Anglican could support it.
“Overall, the proposed legislation is of shocking severity and I can’t see how it could be supported by any Anglican who is committed to what the Communion has said in recent decades. Apart from invoking the death penalty, it makes pastoral care impossible – it seeks to turn pastors into informers.”
A documentary titled The Gospel of Intolerance explores how American evangelicals have turned their attention to Africa as a fertile field for hate of homosexuality after concluding the arid immoral land of North America is lost for biblical law.
Here is a clip from the documentary.
Douglas Todd who writes on ethics and religious matters for the Vancouver Sun explores this disturbing phenomenon.
“Those who are ready to kill those who are being homosexual, hands up!”
Those are the shouted words of a Ugandan preacher in a chilling documentary about North American evangelicals’ growing influence in the predominantly Christian African country.
The Gospel of Intolerance, by Roger Ross Williams, shows how evangelicals in North America often donate to African missions that encourage Ugandan bishops to teach that homosexuality is an abomination punishable by death.
The Ugandan government, which is heavily influenced by the country’s 85 per cent Christian majority, is actively looking at whether to bring in capital punishment for homosexual behaviour. The government is being incited by U.S.-backed preachers like Bishop Julius Oyet. Canadian Anglican bishops have taken a public stand against it.
At one point in this disturbing film, Oyet yells to a crowd of Africans: “Give us a nation free of homosexuality!”
The country of Uganda, whose population is largely poor and illiterate, is becoming ever more extreme in its anti-homosexual attitudes, the film shows. That’s in large part because of the strong moral and financial support of North American evangelicals who declare homosexuality a “perversion.” A gay Ugandan victim of police torture is interviewed.
The Gospel of Intolerance (which can be sampled here in an eight-minute clip on a New York Times website) quotes preachers and others from the United States’ International House of Prayer. The filmmaker says such North American evangelists believe they have “a God-given right to rule the world.”
Since such hard-line evangelicals have given up on trying to control sexual behaviour in liberal North America, Williams says in the documentary, they are putting their money and time into convincing African people that homosexual activity warrants fierce retribution.
The film suggests some well-meaning white, black and Hispanic evangelicals in North America believe, when they give to African missions, they are donating only to help poor people find food and shelter. The film makes it clear a portion of their funds go to supporting preachers who fuel hatred of gays and lesbians in the beleaguered country.http://blogs.vancouv...xuals-hands-up/
It seems these evangelicals have forgotten a most basic commandment - Thou shalt not kill.