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The Church’s Role in, and against, homophobia across Africa

January 27, 2014:  Steering committee member Gay Clark Jennings published an essay in Religion News Service calling on Western Christians to stand in solidarity with Africans who are teaching new ways of interpreting the Bible and understanding sexuality:

The Anglican primates of Uganda and Nigeria enthusiastically support anti-gay legislation in their countries. I, like them, am a member of the Anglican Communion, a worldwide body of more than 80 million Christians. I am troubled and saddened that fellow Anglicans could support legislation that fails to recognize that every human being is created in the image of God.

Western Christians cannot ignore the homophobia of these church officials or the peril in which they place Ugandan and Nigerian LGBT people. The legacy of colonial-era Christian missionaries and infusions of cash from modern-day American conservatives have helped to create it.

Read the essay.