26 December 2007

Uganda: We Must Resist Gays - Bishop

Kampala — THE Government should not yield to pressure and legalise homosexuality and lesbianism, the Bishop of Bukedi Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Nicodemus Okille, has appealed.

The bishop, who was delivering his Christmas sermon at St. Peter's Church of Uganda Tororo on Tuesday, said the acts violate both the biblical teachings on marriage and African culture.

Okille criticised the advocates of gay rights, saying they had no place in the Kingdom of God.

"These are acts to question the ordinances of God. There's nothing like 'intellectualising' sin; sin is sin. How do you imagine a woman sharing the same bed with a woman or a man with a fellow man?" he asked. According to the Penal Code Act, homosexuality is illegal and carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Under their umbrella body, Sexual Minorities Uganda, gay activists recently addressed an unprecedented news conference to speak out against alleged discrimination and harassment from the Police. They want a law allowing them to practice their sexual orientation more freely.

"It's terrible. As the church, we need to resist practices that are not in line with the Christian doctrines," Okille said.

The bishop cautioned married couples against indulging in adultery. saying it is the main cause of divorce.

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