Tell the Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA) to Denounce the Ugandan
Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009.  
October 19, 2009
Sample Letter to the Association of Evangelicals in Africa

I am writing you because I am greatly distressed about proposed legislation in Uganda which if passed could
lead to the systematic elimination of a certain segment of society. Already, citizens have left Uganda out of
fear for their safety. I am writing about the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 that would, by use of the
death penalty and imprisonment, effectively purge Uganda of LGBT people (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and
transgender) and any who would speak out on their behalf.

I am concerned that evangelicals in Africa may be turning a deaf ear towards the  Parliament of Uganda at
this time.

In 2006, the ABC Editorial Board of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA) published the Africa Bible
Commentary which features Nigerian religious leader Yusufu Turaki's hateful and intolerant article entitled
"Homosexuality" (page 1355).

My question to you as the representative voice of evangelicals in Africa: Does it follow, in view of Turaki's
article, that the Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA) endorses the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill of
2009?  Turaki's article contains the following anti-homosexual remarks:

(a) Turaki's use of the words "abnormal, unnatural and a perversion" in reference to homosexuals; (b) his
uncritical use of the quote that "homosexuals are worse than beasts" tied in with (c) his uncritical statement
of the African Anglican church's rejection of Archbishop Tutu's call for tolerance, as well as (d) his one-sided
account of African "coercive sexual relationships" as his example of "varied" African same-sex sex; (e) an
uncritical censorship of all views of homosexuality that are not in keeping with his views ("Our views of
homosexuality should not be derived from human sources but from the Word of God"), and (f) his expressed
theological view that to be homosexual is sinful (a view not held by evangelicals in the West).

Turaki's article effectively dismisses the church from its responsibility to speak out against the violence in
Africa against LGBT people (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender). His article could be used by African
evangelicals at this time as an argument for the endorsement of the Ugandan bill.

The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 would criminalize anyone who "aids, abets, counsels or procures
another to engage in acts of homosexuality," as well as anyone who engages in the "promotion of
homosexuality," including broadcasting, publishing, the marketing materials on homosexuality, and the
funding and sponsoring of LGBT organizations.    In addition, an authority must, under this legislation, turn in
his colleagues, family, or friends who engage in the "promotion of homosexuality" or face criminal charges for
failing to do so.

It is conceivable, for example, that any pastor who would teach - or even dialogue open mindedly - that the
Bible does not condemn same-sex loving relationships between consenting adults, would be guilty of
promoting homosexuality, and therefore a criminal.  A Bible scholar in Uganda would not be at liberty to
openly question what the Bible does or does not say about homosexuality.  Any person of authority who
would fail to report such a scholar or open-minded pastor within 24 hours would be subject to a significant
fine and up to 3 years in prison.  

Anybody who keeps a house or room for the purpose of homosexuality is subject to imprisonment.  No one's
private dwelling is safe.

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill directly violates many of the basic human rights guaranteed in the Ugandan
Constitution.  It also violates the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, the International Covenant
on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and other international human rights treaties to which Uganda is a party.  
The bill effectively creates a climate of fear and hostility.  It will lend itself to misapplication and abuse, and
implicitly encourages persecution of LGBT people by private actors. Effective HIV prevention activities in
Uganda, which rely on an ability to talk frankly about sexuality and provide condoms and other safer-sex
materials, will be difficult, if not impossible.
I am aware that, for the most part, evangelicals worldwide view same-sex sex between consenting adults as
immoral.  Nonetheless, I cannot believe that evangelicals can stand silently by and watch the Parliament of
Uganda vote this inhumane bill into law, especially since evangelicals are so vehemently vocal on the issue of
homosexuality.

Therefore, I am asking you to demonstrate that Yusufu Turaki's inflexible and dogmatic article on
"Homosexuality" is not to be misused by any evangelicals in Africa as an argument for the endorsement of the
inhumane Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 by your swift denouncement of this bill.  I urge you to
openly denounce this bill.

Sincerely,

Name:

Religious Organization or Affiliation:

Country:  
Association of Evangelicals in Africa
Contact Information

Ethics, Peace & Justice Commission (click here for AEA site listing of
Ethics, Peace & Justice Commission)
P.O. Box 4035
Bulawayo
Zimbabwe
T: +263 9 883 414 / 883 415 / 882 915
Email:  
netha@mweb.co.zw
Executive Secretary: Rev Patson Netha

Ethics, Peace, and Justice Commission of the AEA holds the portfolio of
educating the Church on matters of ethics, peace, and social justice.  


Executive Board (click here for AEA site listing):

Rev Ndaba Mazabane
President
P.O. Box 1045
Hillcrest
3650 Kwazulu, Natal
South Africa
T: +27 31 716 3300 F: +27 31 716 3333  
E-mail:
nmazabane@yahoo.co.uk

Pasteur Freeman Kompaore
Vice President
01 B.P. 108
Ouagadougou 01
Burkina Faso
T: +226 50 36 14 26 (O) +226 50 38 62 67 (Res.)
Fax: +226 50 36 34 66
Cell Phone: +226 70 21 45 35
Email:
feme@fasonet.bf

Rev Mario Li-Hing
Chairman & Islands Regional President
39B Royal Road
Eau Coulée
Mauritius
TF: +230 674 0155 Cell Phone: +230 251 2540
Email:
sumtius@intnet.mu

Bishop Arthur Kitonga
Vice Chairman & Eastern Regional President
P.O. Box 51226
Nairobi
Kenya
T: +254 2 6761138/6765986/6764 993
Email:
rgc@redeemedgospel.com

Justice (Mrs.) Esme Chombo
High Court of Malawi
P.O. Box 15
Lilongwe
Malawi
T: +265 1 711066/707017/857501
Email:
chombojustice@yahoo.com

Mr. Mugo wa Karanja
Treasurer
P.O. Box 76533
Nairobi, Kenya
Cell Phone: +254 20- 2723312 or cell. 0722 753 167
Email:
rmugo@cyberkenya.com

Mr. David Mwaure
Legal Adviser
P.O. Box 75642
Nairobi, Kenya
T: +254 2 271 4509 / 10 / 24
F: +254 2 271 3922
Email:
mmw@todays.co.ke

Rev Moses B Khanu
West Africa Regional President
P.O. Box 948
Freetown, Sierra Leone
T: +232 22 226 854 TF: +232 22 228 670
Email:  
moseskhanu@yahoo.co.uk

Rev. Zecharias Abraham
North East Regional President
P.O. Box 2809
Asmara, Eritrea
Phone: +291 1 126859
Phone/Fax: +291 1 126237
Email:
myepc@gemel.com.er

Bishop Harrison Sakala
Southern Regional President
P.O. Box 31002
Lusaka 10101
Zambia
T: +260 1 256 073
Fax: +260 1 292 489
Cell Phone: +260 977 88234
Email:
evafeza@zamnet.zm

Pasteur Wally Sarr
North West Regional President
B.P. 2961
Dakar
Sénégal
T: +221 21 825 3961 / 827 3379
Email:
fes@sentoo.sn

Ato Mulatu Belachew
Compassion International
P.O. Box 76263
Nairobi, Kenya
Phone
Email:
mulatu_m_belachew@yahoo.com

Rev. Dr. Mrs. Judy Mbugua
AEA Team Leader
P.O. Box 49332
Nairobi, Kenya
T: + 254 2 / 2714 432 / 272 2769
Fax: + 254 2 / 2713 004
Email:  
pacwa@aeafrica.org

Mr. Solomon Gacece
AEA Deputy Team Leader
P. O. Box 49332
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel. +254 2 /2722769/2714432
Fax. +254 2 /2713004
Email:
solgacece@aeafrica.org
Ugandan Bill:  Death Penalty or
Life Imprisonment for
Homosexuals

Why Write Evangelicals

Uganda is largely evangelical.  
Uganda's hateful stance against
homosexuals is very Bible based,
so
they think.
Therefore, evangelicals
worldwide cannot look on and watch
the Parliament of Uganda enact laws
against homosexuals that are, as this
bill is, criminal, without speaking out.  
The evangelicals of Africa and from
outside of Africa must address their
fellow Christians of Uganda and tell
them they must, in the name of God,
stop this inhumane bill from becoming
law.

You can take action by writing the
Ethics, Peace and Justice Commission
of the Association of Evangelicals in
Africa (AEA) as well as Executive
Board members of the AEA.  Also, you
can take action by writing Pastor Rick
Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church
and author of The Purpose Driven
Life, John R. W. Stott, and Douglas
Carew, Vice Chancellor of Nairobi
Evangelical Graduate School of
Theology.

The AEA, with the endorsement of
Warren, Stott and Carew, published a
feature article on "Homosexuality" in
the Africa Bible Commentary (2006)
that in word and in spirit can be taken
as an endorsement of this
Anti-Homosexuality Bill of Uganda.  
AEA must clarify that its publication (in
partnership with Zondervan
Corporation, Grand Rapids, Michigan,
USA) does not in any way indicate
agreement with what is happening in
the Parliament of Uganda at this time.

This past week I received an email
from an Associate Member of the AEA.
The person's email was in response to
the recent Other Sheep eNews on the
Ugandan bill. This AEA Associate
Member wrote that he/she agrees with
the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009
because it is "in obedience to the
Word of God."  What is, therefore, the
position of the AEA on this bill?  
Obviously this individual was speaking
for him/herself and not necessarily
expressing what is the general
viewpoint of the members of the
Executive Board of the AEA.  
Nonetheless, this individual's email is
alarming. Does it express the viewpoint
of evangelicals throughout Africa,
especially evangelicals in leadership
like this individual? If it does,
evangelicals in Africa are on a witch
hunt and more responsible
evangelicals, both from within and
outside of Africa, need to speak out
now.

Take action now by writing evangelical
leaders in Africa and worldwide.

-
Rev. Stephen Parelli
October 19, 2009
Bronx, New York
Tell the Members of the Parliament of
Uganda to STOP The
Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009.

See ILGHRC's Sample Letter and
Contact Information
Above:  Africa Bible
Commentary
in which is
the featured article
"
Homosexuality" by
Yusufu Turaki --

  • homosexuals are
    "abnormal, unnatural
    and a perversion"
  • rejection of
    Archbishop Tutu's
    call for tolerance
  • same-sex sex as
    "coercive sexual
    relationships"
  • censors all other
    views on
    homosexuality
  • to be homosexual is
    to be sinful
The Association of
Evangelicals in Africa, in
cooperation with
Zondervan Corporation
of Grand Rapids,
Michigan, published the
Africa Bible Commentary
in 2006.
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