The United Reformed Church (URC) has become the first major Christian denomination in the UK to issue a statement condemning Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill, under which gays could be hanged for having sex in certain circumstances.
But where are the other churches in the UK? In a press release a couple of days ago, the URC said that its commitment to justice and equality meant it was “appalled” at the “draconian measures” proposed by Bill.
The URC passed an anti-homophobia resolution as early as 1999 at its general assembly.
UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has joined the Prime Minister of Canada in condemning the Bill.
So far there’s been nothing from either the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, or the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, who grew up in Uganda. Nothing from the Catholic Church, either, as far as I can see, but that’s only to be expected.
An online petition launched by the Christian Think tank Ekklesia urges one of these snivelling bastards, Williams, to speak out against the Bill, and it’s brought signatories from priests, ministers and other church leaders around the world and “those who, despite differing beliefs over homosexuality, have come together to expose the religious rhetoric used by the Bill’s supporters”, Ekklesia says.
The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill prescribes life imprisonment for any sexual activity between adults of the same sex, with the death penalty for anyone whose same-sex partner is disabled or is under 18.
The petition calling on the Archbishop of Canterbury and other Christian leaders to speak out against the Bill in public can be found here