CATHOLIC CHURCH MESSAGE IN UGANDA – blessings to all Christians who have been working so hard to make Jinja a land free of gay persons
by Melanie Nathan, April 20, 2014.
The Bishop of the Jinja Diocese of the Catholic Church, Bishop Rt. Rev. Fr. Charles Wamika, in today’s Easter Message delivered at St. Chalres Lwanga Catholic Church, praised the Members of Parliament for the Anti-Homosexuality Act that provides life in prison for gay (LGBTI) people in Uganda. The Bishop called for a blessing for Uganda’s Christians who worked so hard to ‘free the land of gays.’ The Bishope also asked for parents to hand over their gay children to authorities, so they would be rewarded in heaven. I would call that a statement praising and calling for a genocide.
Since the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people have gone into hiding. The law, which institutionalizes homophobia and affirms the persecution of LGBTI people, has been held in esteem, the highest reverence and praised by Christian leadership in Uganda, to the point of holding rallies to reward parliamentarians and the President, Yoweri Museveni. The Ugandan Churches and Christian community, (except for a handful, who have been banished and shamed for their compassionate and affirming stance,) have led the assault against gays.
We have challenged noteworthy Christian leaders such as Joel Osteen and others to come forward and condemn the law, and to distinguish their brands of Christianity from that been touted on the stages and streets of Uganda, yet none have done so.
Now a young man in hiding, challenges the Pope, Pope Francis, as the Catholic Church’s official stand in Uganda, on this Easter Sunday seems to send a message of extreme hate, exacerbating the terror felt by gays in hiding.
As this law in Uganda seems to copy the course of Nazi Germany, the scapegoating, and the forcing of a minority into camps and death, the Ann Franks of Uganda remain in terror, questioning whether the Pope will repeat the mistakes of the Catholic Church during the Hitler Holocaust?
From the voice of a young man “accused” of being gay who is in hiding in Uganda:
“The Bishop of Jinja Diocese – Bishop Rt. Rev. Fr. Charles Wamika, in today’s Easter Message delivered at St. Chalres Lwanga Catholic Church, praised the Members of Parliament for taking a stand to see to it that the Anti-homosexuality bill passed into law, he went ahead and called on the faithful to vote for President Museveni in 2016 general elections for signing the bill into law.
He reminded the Christians that, it has been a law and he sent blessings to all Christians who have been working so hard to make Jinja a land free of gay persons. He said throughout human history the catholic church has fought evil and blood has been shed, he called on all the Christians to do whatever they can in their own means to clean this city.
I am surprised that a well educated bishop, well traveled and studied in different western countries uses his position to justify killing. He asked parents with gay suspected children to handle them over to authorities and their reward is in heaven. This is too much hatred. I wonder if we will hear from the Pope on this. If not, I lose all hope.”
To my way of thinking on this Easter Sunday the Ugandan Catholic Bishop of Jinja has indeed called for the extermination of gays. I hope Pope Francis has a great Easter while Ugandan Gays have to hear this hate sputtering from his Bishops. I think this Bishop should be recalled and put to pasture. Perhaps a petition is called for. And what about an apology and a clear message from Pope Francis on this tragic issue.
UPDATED APRIL 21, 2014:
Well I am a lot quicker than hte Ugandan media which has provided some more ink to this well! Here are some quotes from other members of Uganda’s Clergy providing more gay bashing this Easter as follows:
In Tororo District, Bishop Emmanuel Obbo, the Archbishop of Tororo Archdiocese, urged every citizen who supported the anti-homosexuality law to lay down greed, corruption and “put them to death and let generosity rise up within us and flow out in abundance”. – (http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Embrace-national-ID-card-registration–Church-tells-Christians/-/688334/2286642/-/14w5uhkz/-/index.html)
Feel free, readers to interpret that one as you will!
“Wake Up Ministries Pastor Martin Nangoli asked leaders to deal with more pressing needs. “Our dear President did us proud by signing the anti-gays Bill into law. So each of us must repent, seek God, strive for forgiveness and renew our spiritual lives to create peace for development,” Pr Nangoli said. Above all, we must know that any society that wants to grow with social values must protect the family. We must discard homosexuality to protect marriages,” he added.
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Here is the contact information for The Bishop:
I especially urge you to contact the Bishop if you are in a leadership Church role and also if you are Catholic. Please remember to be polite and not to stoop to their level of hate. That will only make it worse for gays as you will give all LGBTI a bad rap, allowing the haters to think they have cause to slot us as the devil! End the cycle BUT do State your beliefs and displeasure in strong terms.
CONTACT INFORMATION Diocesan Address: P. O. Box 673, Jinja-Uganda, East Africa
Telephones: Bishop’s Residence/Office: +256-(0)43-4120247 – Administrative block: +256-(0)43-4122347 Fax: +256-(0)43-4123143 Cellular: +256-(0)77-2836246
AND IF YOU WANT TO HELP OUR FRIENDS IN HIDING RECEIVE FOOD THIS MONTH HERE IS OUR NEW CAMPAIGN:
WE NEED MONEY FOR FOOD for the Ugandan Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people have gone into hiding, as a direct result of:
1. The Anti-Homosexuality Act which was gazetted on March 10, 2014- The Act criminalizes same sex relations, imposing sentences of 14 years to life in prison. It also outlaws so called “promotion” of homosexuality – which impacts all services and resources, including medical, designed to help LGBTI people survive;
2. The public outings of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender Ugandans in the Ugandan Press, and through being paraded in public by police. Tabloids have in effect called for lynchings, witch hunts and mob vengeance;
3. A major public march and rally involving Ugandan Church leaders and the Ugandan community, including soldiers and police in uniform, and an award ceremony to thank parliamentarians and even the President of Uganda for the new law which institutionalizes the persecution of LGBTI Ugandans.;
4. Mothers, fathers, siblings, friends, neighbors and village elders banishing LGBTI Ugandans from their villages, landlords evicting them, employers firing them, universities and schools revoking scholarships and expelling students, threats and assaults, arrests and more….
These are modern day Ann Franks and it is happening on our watch – did we say never again? https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lgbt-africa-rescue-fund-2/x/532915?show_todos=true#home
READ MORE ACTIONS AGAINST UGANDAN EMBASSY in U.S.A.:
Ugandan Embassy in D.C. Targeted for Homophobia
By Cathy Kristofferson, April 19, 2014
Today, demonstrators, with a mural of eight posters, reminded the Ugandan Embassy in Washington D.C. that their country’s state sponsored homophobia has not been forgotten. As Martin Luther King said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The injustice that is the Anti-Homosexuality Act and the persecution the LGBTI community of Uganda is facing because of it, will be an issue for the worldwide community until Uganda repeals their unjust draconian scapegoating law. http://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2014/04/19/ugandan-embassy-in-d-c-targeted-for-homophobia/
By Melanie Nathan, March 30, 2014. Updates with pics from the parade below Since the signing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Pastor Martin Ssempa, in the name of Christianity, has been mustering up the forces for a huge rally to further endorse and celebrate the Christian Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality era, even usurping the notion of Pride with, […]