In all the excitement about the elections in the Diocese of Los Angeles and Louisiana, and the statement from Lambeth Palace about the election of Mary Glasspool, I missed this article.
Man of God backs govt against gaysApparently, this man of God and prince of the Anglican Church made this statement during a funeral.
A senior member of the Anglican Church has thrown support behind the government move in a bid to phase homosexuality out of the country.
Rev. Michael Esakan Okwi said on Friday that not even “cockroaches” who are in the “lower animal kingdom” engaged in homosexual relations.
“What about the human being who was made in God’s image?” he asked at the funeral service in All Saints Cathedral - Kampala for Tom Omongole, the former Resident District Commissioner of Bukedea.
Rev. Okwi also lectures Theology and Philosophy at the Uganda Christian University. The law prescribes a seven-year jail term for gay sex and a death penalty for certain types of offences like homosexual rape.
It was introduced as a private member’s Bill by Ndorwa West MP David Bahati and has since kicked off an international storm with a number of Western governments and human rights groups describing it as hateful.
This week, Dr Nsaba Buturo, the Minister for Ethics and Integrity, told a news conference at the Uganda Government Media Centre, that the country would not bow to foreign pressure over homosexuality, which he again denounced as an immoral practice that is unacceptable in Uganda.
Countries like Sweden have threatened to withhold aid to Uganda over the proposed law. During the recently concluded Commonwealth Summit in Trinidad and Tobago, the anti-gay bill acquired instant international notoriety.
Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, eh? What a giant of "the faith first received from the fathers"!
I'm thinking that, in all probability, we won't hear from +++Himself about the proposed genocide of LGBT people in Uganda, much less a rebuke of this prelate from Kampala.
+++He's much too busy rebuking The Diocese of LA in particular and warning The Episcopal Church in general for taking the risk of doing the work of the gospel.
Meanwhile, not even a peep about the self-avowed, unrepentant, practicing heterosexual man with clear revisionist tendencies who was elected Bishop of Louisiana.
No wonder the Church of England is losing members.
Never mind. Even Kendall Harmon, that peripatetic and ubiquitous Canon Theologian of all 'orthodoxy' from the Diocese of South Carolina has published a very revealing piece entitled, "A Look Back at Rowan William's Statements in 2003" when +Gene Robinson was duly elected and consecrated Bishop of New Hampshire.
An old lion roars in the winter of the church.
Even Cody Sanders, writing an op-ed cover piece for the Associated Baptist Press, asks "On Gay Rights: Is there Any Common Ground?" Mr. Sanders just wants the violence and hate crimes against LGBT people to stop and wonders if we all might agree on that.
You'll be amazed at the comments. Okay, maybe you won't. Call me naive, but I was.
Then again, "cockroaches" just need to be exterminated. You know. We've done this before. In Germany. In the 40's. "Vermin" - in whatever form - always need to be exterminated.
Never mind. As for me and my house, we will praise the Lord for The Episcopal Church and keep our eyes on Jesus.
Suddenly, I find myself praying even more fervently that wonderful prayer from the BCP Office of Compline.
"Shield the joyous."
And, this: "May God Bless +++Rowan Williams, and all the Prelates of 'orthodoxy' and self-proclaimed 'defenders of the faith', and keep them far away from us."