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United Reform Church first to speak out on Uganda’s anti-gay bill

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  1. Excellent
    more Christians and others need to see the evils of homophobia and the victims of it

  2. “morally repugnant”

    Wow – no beating around the bush there. Well done, United Reform Church! I can’t believe other church leaders haven’t spoken out yet.

  3. Simon Murphy 26 Nov 2009, 4:09pm

    “It has asked Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, who grew up in Uganda, to condemn it. As yet, neither have responded.”

    The silence from Williams and Sentamu is despicable but entirely predictable.

    Unfortunately this law looks likely to pass. It’s all very well for the US, France and UK to express ‘grave concern’ about this new law. Is their ‘concern’ to be followed up by a series of measures which have financial consequences for the Ugandan government?

    I think not.

  4. Brian Burton 26 Nov 2009, 5:59pm

    The United Reformed Church is where I belong as a member. My Minister blest me and my Partner’s CP in 2006. The blessing is From my God, the Minister is just the instrument.

  5. Respectful Brian Burton, would you please explain why do you think that Minister’s blessing of you and your partner are from God?

  6. darkmoonman 26 Nov 2009, 7:29pm

    Bravo! Kudos!

  7. Brian Burton 26 Nov 2009, 9:10pm

    There is a fatality about all physical and interllectual distinction, the sort of fatality that seems to dog through history the faltering steps of kings. Is it better to be different, is it better to be a seeker of wisdom and truth…maybey not…but then again..?

  8. Great to hear Christians practicing what it is being preached. I wonder when will the Pope will be heard on this matter?

  9. Ian M Laughlin 26 Nov 2009, 11:00pm

    It seems that a new troll, in the form of the individual operating under the name of Rahman, is now posting regularly on Pink News. Here’s some sound advice on dealing with such people, courtesy of atheist magazine The Freethinker.

  10. Jennifer Hynes 26 Nov 2009, 11:16pm

    I’d expect nothing less from the URC. Corporately, they are very pro-LGBT. I have written to John Sentamu asking why he is keeping silent, so far I have had a reply from the assistant to the Director of Communications for the Archbishop of York’s office, but nothing from himself as yet (not expecting anything to be honest).

    Also, Exodus International (yes, of the ex-gay movement) has written directly to the Ugandan president asking him to reconsider this legislation and the Anglican Church of Canada has condemned the proposed legislation as a “fundamental violation of human rights”. Even in Uganda itself the “Christian community” is split with many seeing this as a step too far.

    So please, not all Christians are homophobic. Some of us are actually queer ourselves, and have many friends and allies in our own and other faith communities, including Islam. This isn’t about faith versus science, a meaningless argument anyway, it is about human rights versus hate. Simple as that.

  11. Brian Burton 27 Nov 2009, 9:44am

    Jennifer Hynes,
    The voice of sanity and common sence, you know I hate it when Christians are lumped together as one body when they are certainly not that. Someone even mentioned the pope as though that Troll had anything to do with us at the URC. Human rights versus hate is on the button. I never thought that I would class an Atheist as a ‘Fundamentalist.’

  12. ” I wonder when will the Pope will be heard on this matter?”

    Oh didn’t you know? The Pope never interferes in politics – except when it’s abortion or gay Rights…..

  13. Simon Murphy 27 Nov 2009, 1:22pm

    Who cares what the churches think of the new law – they are peddlers of superstition.

    I am more interested to find out when Uganda is to be expelled from the Commonwealth and what economic sanctions the EU and US is to impose on the government of Uganda for this law?

  14. Well done United reform church! Shame on the Anglican clergy for not defending human rights! (because they don’t want to upset the African Anglicans who are, like the Pope, dragging the Christian Church back into the dark ages!)

  15. the more i hear about the ‘traditional family’ the more i think its a disgusting, evil thing that should be destroyed with fire and its remains sown with salt.

  16. Rahman wrote

    “Respectful Brian Burton, would you please explain why do you think that Minister’s blessing of you and your partner are from God?”
    . . . . . . . .

    Rahman . . . Why do you think to can come onto this site and “Harrass Homosexuals with your Homophobic Holier than thou Hate”

  17. Oh do shut up and go away with your silly outdated and offensive rantings about a metaphysical concept you have the nerve to say runs the world! It might run yours so go off and play in the corner and leave the rest of us alone!

  18. Simon Barrow 7 Dec 2009, 9:20am

    Many thanks for covering this. Just to clarify,however: Ekklesia is NOT a “liberal church group”. We’re a think-tank, and among other things we try to challenge the common liberal-conservative stereotype. Groups such as Accepting Evangelicals, who do not identify themselves as liberal, are also coming out against hompohobia: a very important development.

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