Comments: European Parliament to debate Nigeria

These are the relevant bits (among other just as relevant bits)

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=MOTION&reference=B6-2007-0105&language=EN

I. whereas the Nigerian Parliament is currently examining a Bill entitled the 'Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act', imposing a five-year prison sentence on anyone who 'performs, witnesses, aids or abets the ceremony of same sex marriage', but also on anyone involved publicly or privately in positive representation of or advocacy for same sex relationships,

6. Calls on the Nigerian Parliament not to adopt the proposed 'Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act' in its current form, since it contains infringements of the basic human rights of freedom of expression and opinion, in particular when it envisages a five-year prison sentence for anyone involved publicly or privately in positive representation of or advocacy for same sex relationships;

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Can we have a motion:

Calls on the Archbishop of Canterbury and other concerned Primates to publically condemn the proposed 'Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act' in its current form, on the same basis as the EU motion, and to publically criticise those Anglican archbishops and bishops who give support this legislation as aiding the violation of essential human rights and acting in a manner completely contradictory to Anglican statements regarding the basic welfare homosexual people and listening to their experience.

Posted by Pluralist at Wednesday, 14 March 2007 at 6:25pm GMT

Thank Goodness.

If the 'instruments' of the AC will do nothing,to heed God's voice, the Lord can and will work through other bodies.

As visioned by Isaiah

Posted by Laurence Roberts at Wednesday, 14 March 2007 at 6:30pm GMT

Yes, thanks be to God! things are at last beginning to move.

Posted by Göran Koch-Swahne at Wednesday, 14 March 2007 at 9:12pm GMT

Y'know, I can remember a time when Ecclesia Anglicana could claim a part in the dismantling of apartheid, in a challenge to Thatcher-Reagan brutalist economics and all sorts of things which made one feel that we were on the side of the human race against the powerful (shades of the Magnificat). Now we're effectively up before the beak implicated in human rights abuses....

I hope the GS mafia and hangers-on find some dignity in this, 'cos I'm b*gg*r*d if I can.

Posted by mynsterpreost (=David Rowett) at Wednesday, 14 March 2007 at 10:18pm GMT

Once again, it takes a secular legislature to point out to the Church the very grave error of its ways. All I've heard from the bishops (with a very few notable exceptions) is silence; and that silence is thunderous from the ConsEv side. I can only assume that they endorse this legislation and would like to see similar laws passed in Europe and America.

Incidentally, in case we are tempted to think this is a uniquely Nigerian problem, remember that the Southern Baptists are now seriously discussing the possibility of culling gay-gened embryos in utero. Christianity is going completely verkakte over this issue.

Posted by counterlight at Wednesday, 14 March 2007 at 10:22pm GMT

"verkakte" ? I suspect it means nuts, crazy, etc, but none the less - educate me.

And more seriously - The Silence of the Lambeth - disgusting.

Posted by Cynthia Gilliatt at Thursday, 15 March 2007 at 12:02am GMT

counterlight

You are going to need links to back up your statement (sorry).

Posted by Cheryl Clough at Thursday, 15 March 2007 at 9:03am GMT

Dear Cheryl,

Here are 2 links concerning the Southern Baptist story:

http://www.365gay.com/Newscon07/03/031407baptists.htm

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/213/story_21372_1.html

As for "verkakte", you guys need to brush up on your Yiddish:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php term=verkakte&defid=516124

Posted by counterlight at Thursday, 15 March 2007 at 12:05pm GMT

Thanks, Counterlight.

Professer Paul Myers: "Disentangling the nuances of preference from the whole damn problem of loving people might well be impossible."

Supreme.

Posted by matthew hunt at Thursday, 15 March 2007 at 2:56pm GMT

"Calls on the Archbishop of Canterbury and other concerned Primates to publically condemn the proposed 'Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act' in its current form, on the same basis as the EU motion, and to publically criticise those Anglican archbishops and bishops who give support this legislation as aiding the violation of essential human rights and acting in a manner completely contradictory to Anglican statements regarding the basic welfare homosexual people and listening to their experience."

I SECOND THIS MOTION!

Where in the heck are the Primates and where is the leadership of the Anglican Communion? I'm truly appauled by the lack of "moral fiber" and the playing of denial/pretend and "politics" regarding this Nigerian "hate legislation" by the +++ABC and ++KJS too...do they really expect others to follow them when their shabby and dangerous sin of omission/discrimination is evidenced before OUR very eyes?

Meanwhile, hatecrimes, outcasting and demoralizing continues against LGBT Christians/Muslims/other in Nigeria/Uganda and beyond as the ABC gives us a little televised chat about hate, unthinkable greed/slavery from Zanzibar while ignoring the "chains" wrapped around the necks of fellow Episcopalians and ANGLICANS today!

Posted by Leonardo Ricardo at Saturday, 17 March 2007 at 7:31pm GMT
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