the huge divide

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Anthony Venn-Brown
Joined in 2005
November 4, 2009, 13:34

Considering Ps Rob Buckiinghams (Bayside) recent message Real Christianity – the Accepting Church… a Pentecostal setting….this little piece below reflects the huge chasm that exists within our religious worlds. You couldn’t get two more extreme positions.

The Ugandan parliament is currently debating a bill that is even tougher than previous legislation. The bill criminalises any act of same-gendered sexual intimacy with 10 years imprisonment, with repeat offenders to be jailed for life and HIV positive people eligible for the death penalty. The creation, possession or distribution of material presenting homosexuality in a positive light would also be banned under the law, as would advocacy on behalf of GLBT people, while voiding international treaties where they apply to same-sex attracted individuals. The bill is supported by the Ugandan Muslim Supreme Council, as well as the Orthodox, Pentecostal, Seventh Day Adventist and Anglican churches in Uganda.

Ex-gay ministries from the US have helped to create this. Exodus is still silent on the issue. Our own Australian Government and Opposition senators have joined forces to defeat a motion condemning the anti-gay bill currently before the Ugandan Parliament.

there is much work to do…….the enemy is ignorance.

Joined in 2006
November 4, 2009, 15:41

how tragic if this passes ……………..

Joined in 2007
November 4, 2009, 16:09

Very sad that our government, on both sides chooses to close its eyes to this rather than speak up.

Of course, the ACC wouldn’t have anything to do with this, now, would they? 🙄

Joined in 2008
November 4, 2009, 20:29

They obviously don’t believe in the United Nations anymore 😕 See my previous post on the Yogyakata Principles. I’ve copied the relevant Principles below;

PRINCIPLE 4. The Right to Life

Everyone has the right to life. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of life, including by reference to considerations of sexual orientation or gender identity. The death penalty shall not be imposed on any person on the basis of consensual sexual activity among persons who are over the age of consent or on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

PRINCIPLE 5. The Right to Security of the Person

Everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, has the right to security of the person and to protection by the State against violence or bodily harm, whether inflicted by government officials or by any individual or group.

PRINCIPLE 6. The Right to Privacy

Everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, is entitled to the enjoyment of privacy without arbitrary or unlawful interference, including with regard to their family, home or correspondence as well as to protection from unlawful attacks on their honour and reputation. The right to privacy ordinarily includes the choice to disclose or not to disclose information relating to one’s sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as decisions and choices regarding both one’s own body and consensual sexual and other relations with others.

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