The Archbishop of Canterbury has condemned the “unacceptable” language that the Archbishop of Nigeria, the Most Revd Henry Ndukuba, recently used to describe gay people.
In response to a statement on the pastoral care of gay people issued by the Anglican Church in North America in January, Archbishop Ndukuba wrote last week: “The deadly ‘virus’ of homosexuality has infiltrated ACNA. This is likened to a yeast that should be urgently and radically expunged and excised lest it affects the whole dough (Luke 13:20-21; Gal. 5:9).”
In a statement issued on Friday, Archbishop Welby says: “I completely disagree with and condemn this language. It is unacceptable. It dehumanises those human beings of whom the statement speaks. I have written privately to His Grace The Archbishop to make clear that this language is incompatible with the agreed teaching of the Anglican Communion."
Of course, Ndukuba is full of ignorance, hate and fear but, at least, he is honest and consistent. Unlike the Archbishop of Canterbury who insists that lesbian and gay people are equal to everyone else in the eyes of God and fully welcome in the Anglican church but who then holds to unenlightened and cruel legislation that shows lesbian and gay people that the Anglican church believes no such thing.
Personally, I would rather be hated by a Ndukuba than loved by a Welby.