Malawi gay prison verdict challenges Christian conscience

By Press Office
May 21, 2010

Commenting on the harsh prison sentence imposed on a recently-engaged gay couple in Malawi, Simon Barrow, co-director of the religion and society thinktank Ekklesia, said:

"While Christians of different opinion and background may argue about sexual morality, they should surely be fully united in rejecting the idea of criminalising and imposing harsh and cruel punishments upon same-gender couples.

"Those in the churches who oppose same-gender sexual expression, but also say that they are not homophobic and do not wish to deny equal rights to LGBT people, have a particular duty to speak out - as they are most likely to be heard by those in Malawi and elsewhere who can effectively push to rescind this dreadful 14 year hard-labour prison sentence on Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga.

"This case is a test of basic human and Christian conscience and integrity."


Recently published research: 'Sex, orientation and theological debate' (

Although the views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent the views of Ekklesia, the article may reflect Ekklesia's values. If you use Ekklesia's news briefings please consider making a donation to sponsor Ekklesia's work here.