THE ARCHBISHOP of Nigeria, the Most Revd Peter Akinola, has lambasted Western societies for what he decries as the “disturbing level of moral decadence and spiritual degradation” that has led to the jettisoning of marriage and family life.
Addressing the Church of Nigeria’s ninth General Synod, he also deplored the West’s lack of Sunday observance, a state of affairs he considered “more disturbing” than bestiality. “Only last week, the Tell magazine [a Nigerian publication] reported in its 36th edition on page 12 that a 27-year-old man was arrested for having sex with a sheep in Dulwich, south-east London,” he stated.
Multiculturalism fuelled by oil politics and economic considerations and benefits has led to other faiths and cultures being promoted above Christianity, he said, reserving his strongest criticism for the British: “For Muslims in Britain, it is no longer a matter of asking to be tolerated or begging for equal treatment. Today, Muslims are given preferential treatment.” Religious tolerance has become “a one-sided principle that favours one particular religion and [is] inimical to the other”.
The Archbishop called the Synod a “repeat of the GAFCON conference”. He described Lambeth’s insensitivity in not inviting Bishop Martyn Minns to the Conference as “not only one of those manifestations of divide and conquer schemes, it was clearly an assault on the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion”.
He deplored the Lambeth bishops’ “leisurely” manner of discussion, and the lack of a “clear unanimous declaration or statement”. He told Punch that GAFCON’s Jerusalem Declaration “clearly affirms that anyone who subscribes to what the Bible says on this matter [of human sexuality] is one of us. You are responsible for your choice.”