Monday, March 5, 2012

Seeing double and double standards...Will the real Rowan Williams please stand up?

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams stated in the text of a lecture prepared for the Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC) that laws specifically targeting gays and lesbians were equivalent to racial discrimination. He said ...The existence of laws discriminating against sexual minorities as such can have no justification in societies that are serious about law itself...Such laws reflect a refusal to recognize that minorities belong, and they are indeed comparable to racial discrimination.

So Rowan... does that mean that the Anglican Church which refuses to recognise a minority has no place in a society that is serious about ending discrimination against minorities?

The article reports that in most Muslim countries the existence of homosexuality is not openly acknowledged and gay individuals can be sentenced to prison or corporal punishment, and even capital punishment in some cases. The same is the case in African countries that are not mostly Muslim, like Cameroon, which is 40 percent Christian. Uganda, which is 85 percent Christian, only recently considered the death penalty for homosexuals... homosexuals and bisexuals face execution in at least five countries and 76 nations had laws criminalizing homosexuality...they also accounted disproportionately for torture cases in jails around the globe...Violations include killings, rape and physical attacks, torture, arbitrary detention, the denial of rights to assembly, expression and information, and discrimination in employment, health and education.
Dear me Rowan... I'm a bit befuddled... you say that there must be no legal discrimination against GLBTI people, and then you say that institutions such as marriage, should discriminate against GLBTI people ... or as Peter Ould succinctly put it... "Rowan does not believe that same-sex marriage is somehow an intrinsic human right to be secured by legislation." Rowan you sound like you are having a Mr Bean moment!

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