Campaign

Update: May 3rd 2011

Thank you to everyone who signed the petition! We are delighted to announce that the Archbishop of York has provided us with the following statement:

“I agree wholeheartedly with the statement made by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primates of the Anglican Communion in Dublin, at the time of David Kato’s brutal murder. No-one should have to live under the threat of violence and death, or live in fear because of the bigotry of others. Such violence has been consistently condemned by the Anglican Communion worldwide. Every person has the right to enjoy safety and security regardless of their beliefs or orientation – we are all created in God’s image and likeness.”

To view the statement at the Archbishop’s website go to: http://www.archbishopofyork.org/articles.php/2021/archbishop-repeats-condemnation-of-david-kato-murder

Speak Out 4 David Kato is a people’s campaign that is calling on John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, to condemn threats, harassment and attacks on any individual due to their sexual orientation.

In recognition of the murder of Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato, we are calling on the Archbishop of York to:

  • Condemn threats, harassment and attacks on any individual due to their actual, or perceived, sexual orientation.

Why the Archbishop of York?

There are three principle reasons we are calling on the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu. Namely, his position within the Anglican community, the Archbishop’s record working on other human rights issues and the connections between York (UK) and Kampala (Uganda):

  1. The Archbishop of York is a high ranking cleric within the Church of England, second only to the Archbishop of Canterbury. He therefore has considerable influence within the Anglican community. Despite a statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury condemning David Kato’s death – the Archbishop of York has failed to comment.
  2. John Sentamu has campaigned for other human rights causes. For instance, campaigning against the ill-treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and most famously cutting up his clerical collar live on TV in protest against Robert Mugabe.
  3. There are strong connections between Kampala and York. John Sentamu was born just outside Kampala, Uganda. It was in Kampala that David Kato lived, worked and was murdered in January this year. Further, David Kato spent much of last year in York. David was based at the University of York, at the Centre for Applied Human Rights’ protective fellowship scheme, and was active within the local community.

Why is the position of the religious community particularly relevant?

US evangelicals have been strongly implicated in the stirring up of anti-gay hate in Uganda. In March 2009  a group of American evangelicals held rallies and workshops in Uganda, preaching that  gay men sodomised teenage boys and that “the gay movement is an evil institution” intended to “defeat the marriage-based society.” The proposed Ugandan anti-Homosexuality Bill, which introduced the death penalty for some “gay acts”, was introduced shortly after.
At David’s funeral the presiding pastor called for homosexuals to repent or be “punished by God” before the microphone was grappled away. Despite this, many religious individuals are supportive of gay rights and find violence directed at an individual due to their sexual orientation to be abhorrent.

2 Responses to “Campaign”

  1. Davis Mac-Iyalla April 19, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    Dear John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, please condemn threats, harassment and attacks on any individual due to their sexual orientation.

  2. Jim April 21, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    Its wonderful to see so many people caring about David. Almost 19000 people have signed this petition in support of David. Sign it if you havent done already:

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/988/981/155/

    And dont forget to support this movie were David is taking part:

    http://callmekuchu.com/

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