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Silence ‘can kill’ gays

03 March 2011

by Ed Thornton

THE retired Bishop of West Uganda, the Rt Revd Christopher Senyonjo, has written an open letter urging that the Anglican Communion “should not keep quiet” about the treatment of gay people in Africa.

The letter, addressed to the Arch­bishop of Canterbury and Primates, bishops, clerics, and others in the Communion, was sent after the murder of David Kato, a Christian Ugandan gay-rights activist, at the end of January (News, 4 February).

“If Anglicans in one country de­humanise, persecute and imprison minorities, we must be true to the Gospel and challenge such assaults on basic human rights,” Bishop Senyonjo wrote. “A loving Anglican Com­munion should not keep quiet when the Roll­ing Stone tabloid in Uganda openly supports the ‘hang­ing of homos’. . . Silence has the power to kill. We have witnessed its destruction . . . in the tragic and cruel murder of David Kato.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury has described the murder of Mr Kato as “profoundly shocking: a moment to take very serious stock and to address those attitudes of mind which en­danger the lives of men and women belonging to sexual minorities”.

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