Friday, July 11, 2008

Orombi Pulls an Akinola

Yesterday, the Episcopal blogosphere buzz was all about Ugandan Archbishop Orombi’s comments that gay people want to kill him.

“Nowadays, I don’t wear my collar when I am in countries which have supporters of homosexuals,” he said while addressing Christians at Kitunga archdeaconry, West Ankole diocese in Ntungamo district. "I am forced to dress like a civilian because those people are dangerous. They can harm anybody who is against them. Some of them are killers. They want to close the mouth of anybody who is against them."

Rev. Mark Harris at Preludium has photographic evidence that actually, Orombi DOES wear his collar when in "countries which have supporters of homosexuals." Orombi was been soundly mocked for his fears of gay violence, and so today, he "clarified" those remarks.

Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi yesterday clarified that he did not say gays were planning to kill him or that he fears for his life over his campaign against the practice. This followed reports that the bishop had told Christians at Kitunga in Ntungamo district that he feared for his life over his anti-gay stance. Orombi noted that gays were not only in the church, but were a big movement and some of them were drug addicts, who could kill anybody.

Jim Naughton has had the best analysis so far, as is usually the case:

Orombi is in the process of doing what Akinola has already done--ruining his crediblity as a spokesperson for the movement. This is an encouraging development. What credibility the Global South has hinges on the media's mistaken perception that it "speaks for Africa," where Christianity is on the move. In fact, it speaks "through" Africa on behalf of Western conservatives. As the circle of those whom Minns, et al. will trust in front of a camera shrinks, the whiteness of the movement (Jensen, Minns, Sugden, Atwood, Anderson) becomes more apparent.

And on that note, go laugh at MadPriest.

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