3.7.08

DISAPPOINTMENT IN ALL SOULS LANGHAM


Ekklesia reports today on how:

Peter Tatchell was "violently ejected" from All Souls Church, Langham Place alongside African activist Brett Lock and gay Christian campaigner, Kizza Musinguzi.

David W. Talbot has written an open letter to the Rector, declaring: "[I]t saddens me that All Souls would want to endorse this .. event."

"... All Souls ... continues to deny ...gay Christians ... I have looked at the list of speakers at the conference and see no hope of a contrasting Biblical view being put forward."

"... your church is willing to contribute today to the destructive persecution of gay Christians and the fragmentation of the Anglican Church worldwide," Mr Talbot concluded.

Mr Tatchell of Outrage spoke about how

"The Archisbishop of Uganda, Henry Orombi, has stirred up prejudice against gay Ugandans in a society where anti-gay hatred and violence is rife," he added.

"...The anti-gay campaign of the breakaway Anglican leaders is a perversion of Christ's gospel of love and compassion..."

Kizza Musinguzi ... has witnessed first hand the homophobic campaign by his church leaders. Mr Musinguzi was jailed and tortured in Uganda because of his gay rights activism. He is currently seeking asylum in the UK.

"The church is supposed to be all-loving. It is not acceptable that it has one set of rights for straight Christians and a lesser set of rights for gay Christians," said Mr Musinguzi.

"Gay people in Uganda face imprisonment, torture and mob violence. Many are driven out their communities and left destitute. The government excludes gay people from its HIV programmes, leaving them to die without medication. The Church of Uganda is exacerbating this homophobia, neglect and persecution," said Mr Musinguzi.

All Souls... [in the 60s and 70s under] Rev Dr John Stott...opposed those evangelicals who wished to split from the Church of England...

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