SOMETIMES IT IS TOO LATE

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who is currently in Dublin for the Primates’ meeting, has made the following statement regarding the murder of the gay human rights activist David Kato Kisulle in Uganda:

“The brutal murder of David Kato Kisule, a gay human rights activist, is profoundly shocking. Our prayers and deep sympathy go out for his family and friends - and for all who live in fear for their lives. Whatever the precise circumstances of his death, which have yet to be determined, we know that David Kato Kisule lived under the threat of violence and death. No one should have to live in such fear because of the bigotry of others. Such violence has been consistently condemned by the Anglican Communion worldwide. This event also makes it all the more urgent for the British Government to secure the safety of LGBT asylum seekers in the UK. This is a moment to take very serious stock and to address those attitudes of mind which endanger the lives of men and women belonging to sexual minorities.

COMMENT: No. That moment was right at the beginning of your tour of duty when Jeffrey John was appointed Bishop of Oxford. But please, go ahead and bolt the door, even though the horse has bolted. It might just keep the stable rats locked up. And then listen to that American woman who is with you and ask if you can borrow her bollocks for a while.

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SOMETIMES IT IS TOO LATE — 17 Comments

  1. But you would have criticised him even more if he hadn’t said anything.
    And if they’ve all missed the Jeffery John moment and the many others since, then this IS, indeed, another right moment to get started.

  2. I can’t see where I have criticised his announcement. I think you may be reading more into what I have written than what is actually there.

    For Williams to do any good he would have to publicly repent of his attitude in the past that has caused so much pain to so many people. It’s a moment for him to do that. But as it stands,he is trying to close the door after the horse has bolted by putting the cart in front of the horse.

  3. Yes, and the “Such violence has been consistently condemned by the Anglican Communion worldwide” is particularly priceless.

    It hasn’t been, it would be nice if he could acknowledge that and call for it to happen from now on.

  4. That is why I have pigs instead of horses. Pigs don’t bolt and so I don’t need to worry about the stable door…

  5. “This is a moment to take very serious stock and to address those attitudes of mind which endanger the lives of men and women belonging to sexual minorities.”

    If this bold pronouncement here is the sort of “consistent condemnation” that Rowan has in mind, it’s a wonder all the bigots in the world aren’t lying awake trembling in fear.

    Way to not hold back, Rowan!

  6. he is trying to close the door after the horse has bolted by putting the cart in front of the horse.

    Can he run fast enough for this particular maneuver though?

  7. But MP, with a simple bushel basket, one can back a pig into a place that it wouldn’t ordinarily go. Hmmm… Maybe that is what Rowan needs.

  8. I think the Archbishop needs to recognize that his unwilling to condemn the vitriol coming from some Anglican leaders has consequences. While he remained silent, evil was having a field day in Uganda.

  9. You are right MP. When a person isn’t accepted into a church position because they are gay, any bigoted person is going to take comfort from that.

    They’ll say, “See, even the church don’t want them!” Unfortunately, it’s a short step to violence after that.

    So, Rowan, do we want them or not?

  10. Such violence has been consistently condemned by the Anglican Communion worldwide.

    (In the immortal words of US Congressman Joe Wilson)

    YOU LIE!