Uganda: Anglican Bishop Provides Haven for Gays

Written by scott on March 30th, 2014

Reverend Christopher Senyonjo

Photo by Michael Key

And now for our Hero of the week – an Anglican Bishop in Uganda who is standing up to the country’s harsh new anti gay law.

The Washington Blade reports:

Rev. Christopher Senyonjo’s makeshift church in the Ugandan capital of Kampala has attracted many gays who are familiar with his sympathetic views in a country where anti-gay religious fervor has encouraged public anger and violence against homosexuals. The AP reports: “They said I should condemn the homosexuals,” he said, referring to Anglican leaders in Uganda. “I can’t do that, because I was called to serve all people, including the marginalized. But they say I am inhibited until I recant. I am still a member of the Anglican church.”…

“Our relationship is one of giving support to each other. The backlash that we receive is equally the same,” said Pepe Julian Onziema, a prominent gay leader in Uganda, who added that Senyonjo has taken “a very courageous and brave stand.”

If only more men and women of faith in Africa would stand up for the oppressed LGBT community there. Kudos to Reverend Senyonjo.

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