There has been a long-standing debate within the Anglican Christian Church about homosexuality, with many branches taking a stand against it. But why is only the African position on this issue being singled out for insult and intimidation?
"The tongue has no bones, but it can break bones"
--an Oromo proverb.
I have been following with keen interest the debate that started over the boycott by three African Anglican archbishops of a global Anglican Communion meeting in Canterbury, UK, in early October 2017.
The African bishops and their congregations back home do not accept the view, and in fact the practice, of certain sections of the Anglican Communion in the West regarding same-sex marriage and gay rights (now called "LGBT rights", LGBT standing for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender). As a result, the African bishops boycotted the Canterbury meeting because of what they believe is "an unbiblical view of marriage" and an "ungodly order" which the Western churches are trying to impose.
For the past two decades or so, the African bishops have been making the same arguments, forcing the global Anglican Communion to suspend, at the Canterbury meeting, the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) from "ecumenical and decision-making processes within the global Anglican Communion after breaking with the traditional teaching that marriage should be between a man and a woman", The Times [of London] reported.
SEC had been performing same-sex weddings in Scotland in recent months, and its suspension was only a matter of time as it could not escape the same sanctions imposed last year on the American Episcopal Church for performing same-sex weddings in the US.
But instead of repentance, the head of SEC, the Most Rev. Mark Strange, rather told the global church to more or less get lost as the Scots would not recant their decision on same-sex marriage. "We will continue to play our part in the Anglican Communion we helped to establish and I will do all I can to rebuild relationships, but that will be done from the position our church has now reached [on same-sex marriage] in accordance with its synodical processes and in the belief that love means love," Archbishop Strange said.
That put the head of the global Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, in a quandary. He was reported by The Times as saying he was "very sad" to impose the suspension on the Scots, which he described as "consequences", but said the leaders of...