AS ROWAN SINGS ITS PRAISESTHE ANGLICAN CHURCH IN UGANDAGOES IN FOR THE KILL

February 9, 2010

CHURCH OF UGANDA’S POSITION ON THE ANTI HOMOSEXUALITY BILL 2009

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Church of Uganda associates itself with the concerns expressed in the Anti Homosexuality Bill 2009. However, instead of a completely new Bill, the Church recommends a Bill that amends the Penal Code Act (Cap.120) addressing loopholes, in particular:

* protecting the vulnerabilities of the boy child;

* proportionality in sentencing;

* and, ensuring that sexual orientation is excluded as a protected human right.

Further, we recommend involvement of all stakeholders in the preparation of such a Bill in order to uphold Uganda’s values as they relate to human sexuality.

The full statement follows:

Church of Uganda’s position on Homosexuality

The Church of Uganda derives her mandate and authority from the canonical scriptures of the Old and New Testament, as the ultimate rule and standard of faith, given by inspiration of God and containing all things necessary from salvation.

Her mission is to “fulfill Christ’s mission through holistic teaching, evangelism, discipleship and healing for healthy and godly nations.”

The Church’s position on human sexuality is consistent with its basis of faith and doctrine, and has been stated very clearly over the years as reflected in various documents.

(see footnotes: i, ii, iii)

From a plain reading of Scripture, from a careful reading of Scripture, and from a critical reading of Scripture, homosexual practice has no place in God’s design of creation, the continuation of the human race through procreation, or His plan of redemption.

Even natural law reveals that the very act of sexual intercourse is an experience of embracing the sexual “other”. The Church of Uganda, therefore, believes that “Homosexual practice is incompatible with Scripture” (Resolution 1.10, 1998 Lambeth Conference).

At the same time, the Church of Uganda is committed at all levels to offer counseling, healing and prayer for people with homosexual disorientation, especially in our schools and other institutions of learning. The Church is a safe place for individuals, who are confused about their sexuality or struggling with sexual brokenness, to seek help and healing.

The Objective of the Bill

The Church of Uganda appreciates the spirit of the Bill’s objective of protecting the family, especially in light of a growing propaganda to influence younger people to accept homosexuality as a legitimate way of expressing human sexuality.

We particularly appreciate the objectives of the Bill which seek to:

a) provide for marriage in Uganda as contracted only between a man and woman;

b) prohibit and penalize homosexual behavior and related practices in Uganda as they constitute a threat to the traditional family;

c) prohibit ratification of any international treaties, conventions, protocols, agreements and declarations which are contrary or inconsistent with the provisions of the Act;

d) prohibit the licensing of organizations which promote homosexuality.

The need for a Bill that amends existing legislation

We affirm the need for a Bill in light of the existing loopholes in the current legislation, specifically sections 145-148 of the Penal Code Act (Cap 120), which do not explicitly address the other issues associated with homosexual practice such as procurement, recruitment and dissemination of literature.

That notwithstanding, the ideal situation would be one where necessary amendment is made to existing legislation to also enumerate other sexual offenses such as lesbianism and bestiality. This would not require a fresh bill on homosexuality per se but rather an amendment to the existing provisions which would also change the title to something like “The Penal Code Unnatural Offenses Amendment Bill.”

Recommendation

As Parliament considers streamlining the existing legislation, we recommend that the following issues be taken into consideration:

1. Ensure that the law protects the confidentiality of medical, pastoral and counseling relationships, including those that disclose homosexual practice in accordance with the relevant professional codes of ethics.

2. Language that strengthens the existing Penal Code to protect the boy child, especially from homosexual exploitation; to prohibit lesbianism, bestiality, and other sexual perversions; and to prohibit procurement of material and promotion of homosexuality as normal or as an alternative lifestyle, be adopted.

3. Ensure that homosexual practice or the promotion of homosexual relations is not adopted as a human right.

4. Existing and future Educational materials and programs on gender identity and sex education are in compliance with the values and the laws of Uganda.

5. The involvement of additional stakeholders in the evaluation of the gaps in the existing legislation, including, but not limited to, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, its Department of Immigration and other relevant departments.

6. The undertaking of a comprehensive legislative and literature review of all the laws and literature related to the subject at hand in order to identify the actual gaps in the existing legislation.

Conclusion

As a Church, we affirm the necessity of appropriate amendments within the existing legislation and corresponding Penal Code sections. The Church of Uganda, being a part of the Anglican Communion, reiterates her position on human sexuality and her desire to uphold the pastoral position of providing love and care for all God’s people caught up in any sin and remaining consistent with Holy Scriptures of the Christian Church.

The Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi

Archbishop of the Church of the Province of Uganda and Bishop of Kampala Diocese

Notes:

i Resolution 1.10 of the Lambeth Conference of Bishops [Anglican Communion] held in 1998

ii The Church of Uganda’s Position Paper on Scripture, Authority and Human Sexuality May 2005

iii Press Statement of February 21, 2007 by Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi on the Primates’ Meeting held in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

Comments

AS ROWAN SINGS ITS PRAISESTHE ANGLICAN CHURCH IN UGANDAGOES IN FOR THE KILL — 20 Comments

  1. 500 days off purgatory for anyone who reads every single word of this paper, for I cannot. I read the summary at the beginning, my eyes glazed over, and I gave up.

  2. From a plain reading of Scripture, from a careful reading of Scripture, and from a critical reading of Scripture

    They’ve read it three times and they still don’t understand it

  3. oh, why are we surprised … well, we’re not surprised.

    It will not be quick, the process of change in the Ugandan church, though you would hope it will happen eventually. I guess we can only do whatever we can do to ensure that not too many lives are lost or ruined along the way.

  4. * protecting the vulnerabilities of the boy child;¨

    Obviously ++Hank and the rest of the overpuffed-up spiritualike twits don´t give a damn about the girl child…afterall, in a culture where the more boobs are better boobs there really isn´t much to say about the ¨unthinking anglicans¨ in this nasty bunch…hark they forgot to mention the child witches that they love to kill and the resettlement camps that have gone on for over 20 years…nope, killing Gay people is a priority and thieving parishes at TEC is Henry doing his very best! Leonardo Ricardo

  5. “At the same time, the Church of Uganda is committed at all levels to offer counseling, healing and prayer for people with homosexual disorientation, especially in our schools and other institutions of learning.”

    Er, no thank you. I’ll just be moving along then. Please, not need to show me the way out.

    “The Church is a safe place for individuals, who are confused about their sexuality or struggling with sexual brokenness, to seek help and healing.”

    Given my experience, and the experience of others, this is a lie. It is interesting that the possibility that the church might be “confused” is not considered. One does get confused when one does not engage in LISTENING.

  6. Leonardo, Amen! And people talk about being in a covenanted relationship with this kind of church? May as well join the Southern Baptist Convention. Ugh.

  7. I crossposted to your comment/report, Mad Priest…hope it´s ok, I breathing fire (good thing I live near a active volcano, nobody much notices). Thank you, Leonardo Ricardo for your ongoing hospitality and wholesome support.

  8. Of course, these people will be in the inner circle of Rowan’s new apartheid communion.

  9. Uganda’s values” as they relate to human sexuality.

    Oh, they have values do they? I doubted they were familiar with the concept of values. What are their other values, pray tell?

  10. I think there is an easy way to skittle this nasty, ignorant Bill.

    Old Testament, early in the book, Ten Commandments, Number 7 or 8, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

    My guess is there is an awful lot of adultery in Uganda, though I’ll admit it is possibly no more frequent than in the UK, USA or Australia. (Actually if I had to put money on it I would bet that it’s a lot more frequent than in the West but that is beside the point).

    What is incontrovertible is that unsafe, (i.e. ignorant) heterosexual sex is the main cause of the widespread incidence of HIV in Uganda and Africa generally. Often it is sex imposed, forced, i.e. the RAPE of young powerless women by older, powerful men.

    So to kill two birds with one stone:

    1. Dramatic reduction in promiscuous, heterosexual sex (surely good for the country’s “values”) and
    2. Dramatic reduction in new cases of HIV infection.

    Add “Heterosexual Adultery” to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Life imprisonment! (I do not support the death penalty for any crimes).

    Let’s see if the Church in Uganda supports that one. I don’t think so! oink oink, squeal, oink oink, squeal, oink oink, squeal, oink

  11. Guess what? It has been said there are existing laws that cover the ¨girl child¨ in Uganda (that´s why ¨boy child¨was only mentioned)…wrong, wrong, wrong…NEVER believe these liars on any level (especially at Church) ANYONE, yes you, ANYONE ought Google, Search or Scratch their head and you will come up with THOUSANDS of items, reports, commissions, details of ABUSE against female children in Uganda (do you have the stomach for it?)…yet, Archbishop Henry, boobhead Obama, thinks their is IMPORTED risk for the Ugandan ¨boy child¨…this man, his Anglican enterprise filled with idiots out try looking RIGHT OUTSIDE THEIR OWN FRONT DOORS…perhaps they have, the looking would be bleak because of the vile everyday corruption, endless civil war, rape, thieving and all-around vileness of Christian riddled Uganda…perhaps they ought become cloistered PRIESTS with their hands tied behind their backs and taking heavy doses of Salt Peter after morning break (it´s worked so well for the RC´s). That´s it! Bahati, here´s a solid approach for YOU…casterate all the sinners in Uganda! Leonardo Ricardo

  12. Yes, Leonardo. In fact, I have previously suggested on this blog that if Roman Catholic priests really believed they were permanently set aside by God to be celibate they would all neuter themselves on ordination.

  13. they would all neuter themselves on ordination.¨ MP

    Why does that seem reasonable, fitting and ¨committed¨…perhaps the Bishop of Rome will offer up this solution during one of the Wednesday Public Audiences…he can be first! Such a brave and holy man can show us the stuff that he´s made of…gag.