The report by the News Agency of Nigeria quotes Bishop Orama of Uyo as saying that persons involved in same sex behaviour “are insane, satanic and are not fit to live.”
“Life unworthy of life” is the phrase used by the Nazis to describe Jews, dissenting Christian clergy, the physically handicapped, the mentally retarded, and homosexuals.
If the quotation is not an accurate record of what the bishop said, then Changing Attitude Nigeria and England call upon the Venerable AkinTunde Popoola, the Director of Communications for the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) to issue a statement immediately clarifying what the bishop said or correcting the report.
If the quotation is an accurate report of what Bishop Orama said, then Changing Attitude Nigeria and England ask Bishop Martyn Minns and Archbishop Peter Akinola to issue a statement immediately repudiating Bishop Orama’s comments and condemning them as utterly abhorrent.
We also ask Bishop Martyn and Archbishop Akinola to confirm that they are committed to the Windsor Report in its entirety and in particular to paragraph 146 which states that “any demonising of homosexual persons, or their ill treatment, is totally against Christian charity and basic principles of pastoral care.”
We further ask Bishop Martyn and Archbishop Akinola to confirm that the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) is fully in agreement with every section of the Communiqué issued by the Primates Meeting held at Dromantine in February 2005 and in particular with paragraph 7 which said: “We also wish to make it quite clear that in our discussion and assessment of the moral appropriateness of specific human behaviours, we continue unreservedly to be committed to the pastoral support and care of homosexual people. The victimisation or diminishment of human beings whose affections happen to be ordered towards people of the same sex is anathema to us. We assure homosexual people that they are children of God, loved and valued by him, and deserving of the best we can give of pastoral care and friendship.”
If Bishop Martyn and Archbishop Peter remain fully committed to the Windsor Report and the Dromantine Communiqué, they have no alternative but to condemn the comments made by Bishop Orama as being in direct contravention of the commitment made by the Primates of the Anglican Communion to the pastoral care and protection of homosexual people.
Davis Mac-Iyalla, Director of Changing Attitude Nigeria
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Revd Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude England
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