FOR GOD, QUEEN ELIZABETH AND ST. GEORGE!

From THE MAIL AND GUARDIAN:

The pews are often virtually empty on Sunday mornings at Harare's St Mary's and All Saints Anglican cathedrals, but this is Bishop Nolbert Kunonga's "throne" and he is prepared to defend it with violence. After a service attended by a few followers last Sunday, Kunonga, the priest who has divided the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe and set disciples on rival clergymen, stood in front of his pulpit and raved against gays and Rowan Williams, the visiting archbishop of Canterbury.

"This is my throne," he declared. "I am in charge. He [Williams] cannot come here."

Kunonga regards the cathedral as a prized asset among hundreds of church properties he has taken over in a fight that has demonstrated the impunity enjoyed by President Robert Mugabe's allies.

Also last Sunday, 15000 members of the official Anglican Church led by Bishop Chad Gandiya were attending a mass held by Williams in a sports arena. Kunonga rustled up a crowd of women, who marched outside the cathedral where he was preaching to denounce Williams. One placard read: "Homosexuals must die."

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