From ALL AFRICA:
The Bishop of Butare Anglican Diocese, Nathan Gasatura, who is among the twelve Bishops representing Rwanda at the conference, said that the meeting would also reinforce the need for a common voice among African bishops.
"We shall consolidate our position to really stand against homosexuality now with one voice," he told The New Times in an interview yesterday.
Gasatura said that the African clerics derive their position on homosexuality from the biblical mandate that preaches against any vice that hinders man from producing a fellow man.
In his remarks to the Bishops, Uganda's Prime Minister Apollo Nsibambi said that Africa's challenges like homosexuality need prayers and guidance from religious leaders.
COMMENT: Yes, like I need a hole in the head or singing lessons off Paris Hilton.
And shouldn't somebody be having a word with the President of Uganda? He seems to have gone off script...
From THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA (ACNS):
Uganda’s President Museveni said today that tolerance was a biblical imperative and that Christians should not “have one minute of time wasted” by those promoting prejudice.
Speaking to almost 400 bishops and other guests at the All Africa Bishops Conference in Entebbe this morning, President Museveni used the Biblical parable of the Good Samaritan to highlight the need to overcome difference and pursue peace and healing.
Drawing on Ugandan religious history, President Museveni explained it took only ten years after the first convert to Christianity in Uganda before Catholics and Protestants were fighting and killing each other.
“I don’t’ know where they heard God wanted them to fight and kill each other,” he said. “A civil war between those calling themselves Catholics and those calling themselves Protestants! Then there was another war between the two of them and Muslims. They were all fighting on behalf of God, they said.”
He recounted the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan to demonstrate that prejudice should not get in the way of peace and helping other human beings. In this New Testament story it is a traditional enemy of the Israelites, a Samaritan, who aids an injured Israelite when members of the Jewish religious elite fail to do so.
“I am always looking for the good Samaritan,” he said. “Jesus says you shall know them by their fruits. You shall know them by their actions. Not by their words, not by their addresses, not by their titles, but by their works, by their deeds, by the products of their works.”
The President said those of all denominations or faiths needed to recognise one another’s right to exist: “If you are a Muslim, so what? I am a Christian. OK, so what’s your problem? You are what you are, but I am what I am. We’re different…I’m here by the permission of God. You must accept me the way I am whether you want it or not.”
He added that anyone promoting intolerance should not “waste one of our minutes with this…We are all created in the image of god, so you are made in the image of god. I don’t know whether God is black or white or Chinese, but we are created in his image—that’s what the bible says.”
He concluded his well-received speech by officially opening the CAPA -run conference for bishops of the Anglican Communion in Africa that is running until Sunday 29 August at the Imperial Beach Hotel, Entebbe. Aims for this conference include mobilising the bishops to tackle the obstacles that continue to keep the continent in conflict, poverty, corruption, poor leadership and disease.