By Melanie Nathan, August 18, 2014.
Whereas the churches in Uganda have helmed the battle against gays, as triggered by the shenanigans of the likes of Scott Lively, an American fringe radical right Christian pastor, who tried to re-brand Christianity for the Ugandan Christian market and other global communities, now some may be turning toward relative ‘tolerance’, despite continued harmful rhetoric. Is this for the sake of love or is it for the love of money?
The Daily Monitor of Uganda is reporting:
Gulu- The Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese, John Baptist Odama, has asked Ugandans to avoid harming homosexuals despite the fact that the Constitutional Court nullified the anti-homosexuality law on a technicality of lack of quorum.
Bishop Odama said homosexuals are also human beings created in the image of God who only deviated from the Godly way of life.
“Let us learn to love God’s human creatures. It is not that I am advocating for homosexual practice in the country, but we should not take laws into our hands to harm and hate the homosexuals because we all have weaknesses,” the Archbishop said.
He made the remarks at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Gulu Municipality at weekend while presiding over a wedding ceremony of Mr Patrick Omony and Ms Margret Akello.
While on the one hand the Ugandan LGBT community may see some relief, should we be skeptical of this sudden call for love?
The Archbishop nonetheless saw fit to exacerbate the rhetoric:
Archbishop Odama said the fight against homosexuality should focus on sensitising youth on the negative impacts of the practice since the vice contravenes cultural settings and norms.
Earlier this month, the Constitutional Court did not rule on the substance of the anti-gay measure which allowed jail terms of up to life for homosexual offences, but threw out the law because it was passed during a session that lacked quorum.
This sudden love for gays and call for ‘no harm’ must veiwed in light of the recent withdrawal of funding for churches from the USA.The Inter Religious Council of Uganda has just suffered a huge knock by the withdrawal of USAID which may impact some luxury living for some! We have no doubt from well sourced reports that the money sent by USAID does not always hit its target in any event and that the Ugandan churches are rife with corruption.
While some may try and pin the withdrawal of USAID entirely on the Anti-Homosexuality milieu in Uganda, it is believed that USAID has viewed its withdrawal in the context of much more that goes on in IRCU.
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