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Where are the Anglican leaders speaking out against Ghana bishops’ endorsement of anti-LBGTQI bill?

Where are the Anglican leaders speaking out against Ghana bishops’ endorsement of anti-LBGTQI bill?

A letter to the editor of Church Times:

Ghanaian Church and anti-LGBTQI measures

Sir, — This week, the Anglican Church in Ghana urged the government to get on and pass the anti-LGBTQI Bill. The Bill calls for the imprisonment of LGBTQI activists and those who show public displays of affection, for the criminalisation of LGBTQI support groups, the implementation of forms of conversion therapy and forced surgery for intersex people.

We have heard much in the run-up to the delayed Lambeth Conference about walking together as a communion — a communion whose Primates have pledged to work against homophobia.

Not a word has been spoken by any bishop in the Church of England about this looming, Church-sponsored infringement of basic human rights. It is quite scandalous that our pledge of commitment to the Anglican Communion appears to focus on the men in power rather than the most vulnerable in the pews.

Charlie Bell, Fellow, Girton College, Cambridge

Has anyone else in the Anglican Communion, including the Episcopal Church, spoken up?

H/T Thinking Anglicans

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Alice D Gray

Two thoughts come to my mind:

  1. God is love. Love and kindness are the most powerful forces in Creation.
  2. Like the man said, “God don’t make no junk.”

Wrestle with that. Blessings.

Rod Gillis

There is an excellent article on the Ghana situation by Franciscan scholar Daniel P. Horan in the June National Catholic Reporter (link). I suggest that any intervention from outside Ghana based upon a so called ‘biblical’ paradigm may simply make things worse. The end result may be bishops from within Ghana and those from elsewhere arguing over who has the better ‘biblical interpretation’ thus validating the paradigm itself. Religious confirmation bias has caused enough damage. The better way forward is for Christians to affirm the framework and language of international human rights. The last thing we need are Anglican bishops referencing outdated resolutions from the Lambeth Conference.

https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/faith-seeking-understanding/churchs-complicity-dehumanizing-lgbtq-community-ghana

Bradley Marshall

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us and protect the marginalized and oppressed! Give us strength to stand for those who are being oppressed!

Nixon Mike

How can it be a sin when two
People love each other. A bigger sin surely is from those who judge them.

John Xavier Rolley

I am so deeply grieved by this action. It breaks the Gospel and weakens the witness of the love Christ lived out and died for. The gospel is never served by advocating violence against the weak, marginalized or different.

What breaks my heart is, that this particular national church doesn’t work in isolation. Others in the Western church who feel they hold the only true expression of Christianity, support these moves.

We, the church, must join together and repent of our violence, and seek God’s mercy, and learn war no more.

May God forgive us all.

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