Support for gay-friendly Ugandan bishop — needed?

2 Apr

76crimes blog

 

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Supporters of gay-friendly Ugandan Bishop Christopher Senyonjo are campaigning for the praiseworthy goal of keeping him out of a Ugandan prison, but it’s not clear that any of his work with LGBT Ugandans actually violates the country’s new anti-gay law.

Senyonjo, 82, has previously been honored as grand marshal of the San Francisco pride parade and played a prominent,

 

role in the documentary film “Call Me Kuchu,” about the life and death of Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato. He has been expelled from the homophobic Anglican Church of Uganda because he ministers to homosexuals.

Senyonjo returned to the international spotlight last week when the Associated Press distributed an article about him titled “Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, Ugandan Cleric, Ministers To Gays Despite Nation’s Law.” The article mentions that Senyonjo not only preaches to a small LGBT-friendly congregation but also provides “counselling no other Ugandan religious leader is known to offer gays.”

Uganda’s new Anti-Homosexuality Act calls for seven years in prison for anyone who “aids, abets, counsels or procures another to engage in acts of homosexuality.”

It is not clear that providing pastoral counseling to a gay man would be considered counseling him “to engage in acts of homosexuality.”

Shortly after the AP article appeared, supporters of Bishop Christopher launched an online appeal seeking to keep him out of prison.

The appeal on Watchdog.net states that Senyonjo “faces prison for refusing to discriminate.”

The Watchdog site says, “Will you join us in sending a message of thanks and support to Rev. Senyonjo, and a warning to President Museveni?”:

 

Important links

http://76crimes.com/2014/04/02/support-for-gay-friendly-ugandan-bishop-needed/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/30/bishop-senyonjo-uganda-gays_n_5056746.html

http://trendingnewsroom.com/readfeed/101020/qa/ugandan-reverend-faces-jail-term-for-offering-prayers-and-counselling-to-gays

http://76crimes.com/2012/07/05/bishop-to-episcopal-church-dont-bow-down-to-homophobes/

http://76crimes.com/2012/09/24/clinton-award-for-lgbt-friendly-bishop-in-uganda/

 

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