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Nigerian Anglicans, accept gays as southern Anglicans do

Logo of the Church of Nigeria
Logo of the Church of Nigeria

I seriously wish that the Anglican Church of Nigeria would put aside its hypocrisy, intolerance, and the hate they preach and promote. To do that, they should look to the gesture of acceptance by the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

Then they would see the need to embrace true diversity and would  display a deeper level of wisdom by recognizing and extending a warm spirit of love and compassion to its already-bruised members who are already struggling with their sexual orientation and who seek to be free from the bubble that the church has placed them in. Those church members long for respect, dignity and liberation. They desire not to be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation.

The church fails to understand that the real evil is hate and discrimination. It  brings disunity. It discourages people. It deprives people of the right to live  their authentic lives.

Without living an authentic life, people cannot live up to their full potential. As a result, they become less productive and can contribute little to the church and to society. That leads them to a dysfunctional, frustrating and unfulfilling life.

Logo and map of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa
Logo and map of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa

 

 

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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