World churches' leader joins growing outcry over Uganda bill

World churches' leader joins growing outcry over Uganda bill

By staff writers
23 Dec 2009

The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, has written a letter to Uganda's President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni expressing concern and alarm at the country's draconian anti-homosexuality bill.

Dr Kobia says that the WCC was "saddened and distressed to receive the news from Uganda regarding a proposed law against homosexual individuals […], which also proposes the death penalty to be meted to homosexual individuals who are HIV positive".

The world churches' leader reminds the president of the commandment to love one's neighbour, adding that the law "should definitely not promote hatred".

He also warns that "all the discussions, time, efforts and sometimes money, used on the issue of homosexuality distracts us from non judgmental and constructive discussions about the majority’s problems" and that such a bill, if enacted, "will leave a lot of room for manipulation, abuse […] and oppression of people".

The full text of the WCC letter can be found here: http://www.oikoumene.org/?id=7480

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