Not only the Archbishop of Canterbury, of course. But every so-called moral authority whose forked tongue pronouncements, policies of appeasement and dualistic beliefs have allowed and encouraged the evil, but, far less disingenuous, haters of our world to believe they can get away with obscenities such as this.

It is time (long passed the time in my opinion) for all Gospel based Christians to let go of their deeply ingrained propensity to always see two sides to every story and their wishful belief that there can be a third way in every dispute, and to get real. As Jim Naughton stated in his article for THE LEAD on Monday:

Perhaps the time has come to say simply: Dear Archbishop Williams, we are siding with our LGBT brothers and sisters. Do what you like. We are prepared to pay what this stand will cost us. We hope you are prepared to pay what it will cost you. And may God have mercy on us all.


A judge in Malawi has sentenced a gay couple to 14 years in prison with hard labour after they were convicted of gross indecency and unnatural acts. He said he wanted to "protect" the public.

Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, have been in jail since their arrest in December 2009 after holding an engagement ceremony.

"I will give you a scaring sentence so that the public be protected from people like you, so that we are not tempted to emulate this horrendous example," said Judge Nyakwawa Usiwa-Usiwa in the commercial capital, Blantyre.

Michelle Kagari, deputy Africa director of Amnesty International, called the sentence "an outrage."

She described the pair as "prisoners of conscience" and said Amnesty would continue to campaign for them to be freed.

COMMENT: Amnesty International's Christlike commitment to free the oppressed shames the churches of the world. They are part of the solution. Thanks to prevaricators such as Rowan Williams, we are well and truly part of the problem.



  1. I believe there are two sides to every story – a right side and a wrong side. It’s not graciousness or Christlike forbearance to keep on acting like evil action are really just good folks who don’t get it. Whether they are or are not basically decent people does not matter when they are doing truly evil things! That includes all the little evil that weak-kneed, watery “Xtianity” calls “misunderstandings.”

    This doe-eyed, bloodless Jesus of liberalism is as useless and idolatrous as the Rambo Jesus of the orthodites! Jesus cleared the temple with a whip! He used terms like viper and evil and hypocrite and spoke about sword times and withered fig trees and fire waiting for the injust.

    It’s not just Rowan or the orthodites – every liberal who says “We’ve got to be patient and wait for the slowest to catch up and be nice to our detractors” is just as responsible for this outrage against humanity.

  2. Every time I look at this photo I’m horrified by the jeering smiles on the faces of the onlookers.
    What a mountain of prejudice and self-righteousness to overcome!

  3. The US State Department issued this statement:

    “The United States is deeply disappointed in today’s conviction of same-sex couple Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza in Malawi,” said assistant secretary Phillip J. Crowley at a press briefing Wednesday. “We view the criminalization of sexual orientation and gender identity as a step backward in the protection of human rights in Malawi. The Government of Malawi must respect the human rights of all of its citizens. The United States views the decriminalization of sexual orientation and gender identity as integral to the protection of human rights in Malawi and elsewhere in the world.”

    I’m waiting for any Christian bishop anywhere to make a similar unequivocal statement. All I hear is crickets chirping in the halls of the Christian Sanhedrin.


    And 3 cheers for Hillary Clinton!

    Thanks to JCF and Joe My God for the quote.

  4. According to our Presiding Bishop, the ordination of Mary Glasspool “represents the settled mind of the church.” I believe that her ordination makes the statement that Jim Naughton thinks we should make to the Archbishop of Canterbury, and it’s about time.

  5. It is time and past time to name the evil done by those, Benny 16, Dr. Williams, former bishops Duncan, Iker inter alia, the leadership of CANA, ACNA and Gaf(fe)Con whose willingness to coddle the bigots lets this stuff happen. It is wrong, it is evil and it is sin to persecute people — period.


  6. Oooooooooohhhhh Jonathan…

    You shopped this photo, didn’t you?

    I think I see it…just over the purple-clad young man’s right shoulder…

    If I am correct, then all I can say is you have outdone yourself. Brilliant.


  7. I have followed this story closely, and am embarrassed to the point beyond words that Steven and Tiwonge must rely on efforts of secular governments and Amnesty International while the church ignores its Gospel call. I guess we’re just playing a game and our talk of bringing the Kingdom, empty platitudes. Perhaps we should resign ourselves to playing church in church, and being church in the world with secularists.

  8. Extremely sad and shameful. Agreed with Erika about the jeering faces of the onlookers, but it’s the expressions on the faces of the two men themselves that get me.

  9. I think Mark is right. If you wait and politely request your rights, the opposition will always say no. There will always be people who are not ready for change. If waited for all the racists to change their mind, well, we would still have segregated schools and the U.S. would not have an African American president.

    Change comes when people take their rights. When the first female priests were ordained it was done “irregularly.” There was no permission from the Archbishop of Canterbury when Gene Robinson became a bishop in the U.S. church and there was certainly no permission for Mary Glasspool becoming a bishop. People simply courageously what the Holy Spirit called them to do.

    As for the possiblilty of Rowan disinviting the American and Canadian primates, I say ignore them. Go anyway. If you are barred from the room, stand outside the door.

    Always speak truth to power.

  10. Yes, I second Doug in those two words (to that wanker seen here between Steven and Tiwonge): F@CK YOU!