Feb 22, 2010

A HOPE FOR AFRICA: Vicious anti-gay campaigns at Church will be counter-productive

¨I prophesy that the anti-gay campaigns will be counter-productive and will eventually bring about the very thing they are set up to eradicate – the acknowledgement and acceptance of LGBT people in African societies.¨

The Reverend Colin Coward

¨I do too¨

Leonardo Ricardo

The Most Reverend Peter Jasper Akinola, Primate of NIGERIA and Head Demonizer of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender/others in Africa HERE

¨The possibility that there might be signs of hope for LGBT people in Africa seems unlikely in the context of the violence in Kenya and elsewhere and the proposed legislation in Uganda and Nigeria.¨

The Most Reverend Anglican ¨Abominators/Instigators of Hate¨ against Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Christians/others in KENYA HERE

¨The future looked bad for some weeks, with the probability of increased public hostility, prejudice, intolerance and aggression, which has indeed happened in Uganda and Kenya. It looked (and may still look) as if an increased risk of public humiliation, arrest, imprisonment and death is the inevitable outcome for LGBT Africans¨

The Most Reverend Henry Luke Orombi (photo), Anglican Church of UGANDA, Grand Punishing Inquisitor of The Rt. Rev. Christopher Ssenyonjo, retired Bishop of West Buganda who offers spiritual counseling to Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Anglicans/others HERE

¨LGBT people in Africa may have been intimidated by the anti-gay hysteria but some of them have also been motivated to work for change and stand up for themselves and their human rights.

International networks and relationships between pro-LGBT groups and individuals have been activated and strengthened. This is certainly true for Changing Attitude and our links across Africa. The internet is proving to be a huge influence in disseminating news and information and creating effective alliances.¨

¨A public discourse in each of the countries concerned has been started - not, perhaps, what the homophobes anticipated. Lesbian and gay attacks and anti-gay campaigns are regularly reported by the media. This means that people are learning about the real presence of LGBT people in their culture even if their prejudices are being fuelled at the moment. But people will also ask questions, especially if they suspect that someone in their own family or social network might be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Pro-gay arguments are also being articulated and the subject is now irrevocably on the agenda – it will never go away.¨



UPDATE: ¨Professor Makau Mutua of Kenya¨


·Thanks to Changing Attitudes, U.K., sidebar
·Thanks to The Reverend Colin Coward
·Thanks to ¨gug¨ in Uganda
·Thanks to Gay Uganda, sidebar
·Thanks to Scott Gunn, +Akinola ¨Cover-up¨ Photo
·Thanks to Flickr Photo Sharing
·Thanks to Diary of a Gay Kenyan, sidebar
·Thanks to Human Rights advocates Worldwide
·Thanks to The Rt. Rev. Christopher Ssenyonjo, retired Bishop of West Buganda
·Thanks to Father Jake Stops the World, sidebar
·Thanks to Integrity, Uganda
·Thanks to Integrity, The Episcopal Church, U.S.A.
·Thanks to Michael A. Jones, Change.Org. sidebar
·Thanks to Professor Makau Mutua, Kenya

TAKE ACTION: The ANGLICAN UN, United Nations, HUMAN RIGHTS Observer, Mrs Hellen Grace Wangusa from Uganda, has an office and staff provided by the Episcopal Church (USA) at the Church Center 815 Second Avenue, New York, 10017. The direct office line is (001) 212-716- 6263 and the email address unoffice@episcopalchurch.org

Lionel Deimel, click HERE,¨No Anglican Covenant¨


Brian R said...

We must pray. Remember it was persecution of Oscar Wilde and others through the years that led to the more accepting situation in the West today. although I pray it will not take so long for Africa.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Dear Brian,

Hope all is well in your new Country...very neat!

Yes, there is bound to be lots of ripping and tearing and screaching and howling...afterall, such lies about LGBT have been spread, believed (mostly), for hundreds of years...imagine, the abusers will have to find someone/something else to exploit and abuse OR take a very good look at themselves! I have a list of who should look first so I better wind this up!

Peter Jasper Leonardo Rícardo

Revd Ivan Ackeroff said...

Praise God for the Internet! This is where bullies will be exposed and shamed. Keep up the good work. The TRUTH will out!