Friday, January 28, 2011
To the Archbishop of Canterbury...
Dear Archbishop Williams,
It is with great sadness and urgency that I am writing to you about the murder of LGBT activist David Kato. Kato's murder in Uganda is terrible, but not unexpected given the increasingly dangerous situation there with tabloids publishing the pictures and addresses of gay and lesbian people and their allies with the headlines to hang them. Bishop Christopher Senyonjo was among those pictured, and now his life is in danger. This can not continue without comment from you as the Archbishop of Canterbury.
I implore you, sir: please use your position as a leader in the Anglican Communion to say that such violence against other human beings is anti-Christian, anti-Anglican, and will not be tolerated any longer. You must call on the Anglican Church of Uganda to cease its tacit participation in the violence against LGBT people in that country. We are not all of one mind on human sexuality and gender expression in the Communion. That much is clear. But we should be of one mind that murdering other human beings... regardless of who they are... is a sin.
The silence of the Church on these matters presents a stumbling block to those looking for Christians to follow the gospel message of protecting the weak, the friendless, the oppressed. Please, sir. Speak now.
Tallahassee, FL, USA