Religious leaders

A collection of statements, condemning the murder of David Kato, made by religious leaders:

THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, Rowan Williams:

“…we know that David Kato Kisule lived under the threat of violence and death. No one should have to live in such fear because of the bigotry of others.”

The  statement can be viewed at: http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/3120?q=david+kato

THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION:

“We call on all our people to minister pastorally and sensitively to all irrespective of sexual orientation and condemn all irrational fear of gay people.”

The statement can be viewed at: http://www.aco.org/communion/primates/resources/downloads/prim_davidkato.pdf

RELIGIOUS LEADERS, joint statement by over 70 religious representatives and 25 organisations:

Signatures from organisations including – the World YWCA, Church of Sweden, La Federación Argentina de Iglesias Evangélicas, United Church of Christ Wider Church Ministries, Norwegian Church Aid, Christian AIDS Bureau of Southern Africa (CABSA) and Cordaid.

“We urge all government, civil and religious authorities in Uganda and around the world to speak out against hate, stigma and discrimination, and instead, in words and deeds, recognize and promote the essential worth and dignity of every person.

The statement can be viewed at: http://www.e-alliance.ch/typo3conf/ext/naw_securedl/secure.php?u=0&file=fileadmin/user_upload/docs/Press_Releases/2011/Kato_Statement_withsignatures.pdf&t=1297184228&hash=99a31accf3b211a894e09a9d00fa654a

RT. REV. CHRISTOPHER SENYONJO, Retired Bishop of West Buganda and Director of the St. Paul’s Centre for Equality and Reconciliation, Kampala:

“We must not demean our great tradition by oppressing LGBT minorities under any circumstances, even to maintain Anglican unanimity. The criminalization of homosexuality remains the greatest state and church sanctioned violence perpetrated against LGBT people and their allies in many countries.”

The open letter can be viewed at: http://lezgetreal.com/2011/02/ugandan-bishop-christopher-senyonjo-breaks-silence-on-murder-of-david-kato/

BISHOP OF NEW YORK:

“…given the current hostile climate in Uganda, we call upon the Anglican church of Uganda to speak up for human rights for all God’s children.”

For the full statement see: http://www.dioceseny.org/news_items/193-bishops-issue-statement-on-death-of-david-kato

WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE:

“As a global community of committed Christians, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) unequivocally condemns the murder of Ugandan activist David Kato.”

For the full statement see: http://www.worldevangelicals.org/news/article.htm?id=3365&cat=main

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