Mar 8, 2011

HELLO/SECOND REQUEST: Dear Dr. Rowan Williams/Lambeth Palace -- ¨Don´t keep quiet about the abuse and violence faced by gay, lesbian and bisexual people¨ in Uganda/beyond!

¨Dear Archbishop Rowan Williams, Primates and fellow bishops, clergy and people of our diverse Anglican Communion.Peace from God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. I give thanks on behalf of the family and friends of David Kato for your love and prayers at this difficult time. All over the world, human beings are longing for liberation, love, respect and the dignity to have meaningful lives. ..¨ HERE
An Anglican bishop in Uganda has urged the Anglican Communion not to "keep quiet" about the abuse and violence faced by gay, lesbian and bisexual people in his country and elsewhere.

Anglican Bishop Christopher Ssenyonjo, spiritual leader/counselor, to the LGBTI ¨kuchu¨ Community of UGANDA
¨Christopher Senyonjo, the retired Bishop of West Buganda, made the remarks in the wake of the murder of the Ugandan human rights activist David Kato. Kato, a gay Christian, was brutally killed earlier this year shortly after winning a court case against a newspaper which called for him to be hanged.¨

Anglican Archbishop Henry Orombi of Uganda:  Bishop Orombi has encouraged and fostered hatred of homosexuals in his country and around the globe...
TO BISHOP OROMBI: Deliver us from evil -- it´s not o.k. to kill people!

¨Several Christian leaders in Uganda have been accused of implicitly encouraging homophobic abuse or violence.

In an open letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, along with other Anglican primates and leaders, Senyonjo insisted that "a loving Anglican Communion should not keep quiet" when the media stir up hatred. "Silence has the power to kill," he argued, citing as an example "the tragic and cruel murder of David Kato".

Senyonjo wrote, "If Anglicans in one country dehumanise, persecute and imprison minorities, we must be true to the Gospel and challenge such assaults on basic human rights".

Critics suggest that Anglican leaders internationally have at times failed to condemn homophobic violence in an attempt to avoid controversy and division over issues of sexuality.

In 2009, Ugandan politicians backed an Anti-Homosexuality Bill which would introduce the death penalty for a second "offence" of homosexuality. There was widespread criticism of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who failed publicly to condemn the bill for several weeks, by which time over 3,000 people had signed a petition urging him to do so...¨ read it all HERE

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·  Thanks to Bishop Christopher Ssenyonjo, Anglican Hero, Uganda
·  Thanks to The ¨kuchus¨ of Uganda