Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Ugandan update

Some interesting stuff on the Ugandan bill on Thinking Anglicans here and here.

I am too preoccupied at the moment to comment at length, but these are worth a look. It is positive to see respectful dialogue between the African and Canadian bishops and also the continued fruits of the ABC's "indaba" approach at Lambeth 08. As for the ICRCU, it does at least condemn the death penalty, life imprisonment and the prosecution of those who do not "inform" on gay people. Attitudes in Uganda and Nigeria are perhaps more complex than we think and hearts and minds can and do change.


  1. Attitudes in Uganda and Nigeria are perhaps more complex than we think and hearts and minds can and do change.
    That's more true for those in authority, the flock are rather mainstream. I once commented to a friend of mine, that in Uganda, being in the extreme minority is the best place to be. For example with this bill, when the church was for the bill, it was extremists making all the noise while the majority were silent as usual. The mainstream centre is never in the news, only the extremes get to shape the issue! It's as a tribute to the inertia of the silent majority, that the extremists have to pull out all the stops, and stoop so low to drag the centre even an inch more to the extreme, and the politicians who themselves were once in the centre have forgotten that those who make the most noise are all too often the minority. They have erroneously presumed the noise level is proportionate to popularity/numbers, they have to, given the general elections are around the corner, and the vociferous extremist conservatives are very clear on what they want! And the typical well brought up Ugandan is generally:- shy, polite, respectful, and not flamboyant. It's these qualities that the extremists exploit to full advantage, their age, seniority, and advocacy......knowing full well their won't be a vociferous opposition. It's funny that the moderate majority, won't speak out such that they are not alienated or is deemed impolite, if only they knew that it's the extremists who are alienating themselves, from the majority.

  2. I met a man from Nigeria at Synod - blogged about it back in July. I did notice just how deferential he was about priests and he was overwhelmed at having his photo taken with the ABC. So, that makes sense :)