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Letter to the President of Uganda: Abstain from Supporting the so-called Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Church of Norway releases letter to Kaguta Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda


Rev. Helga Haugland Byfuglien, Presiding Bishop of the Bishops’ Conference (Church of Norway) and Berit Hagen Agøy, General Secretary, Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Relations, send a letter to the President of Uganda, encouraging him to abstain from supporting any law that will promote hatred, discrimination, oppression, violence and injustice towards minority groups in the African country. The letter can be found below.

His Excellency
President of the Republic of Uganda
H.E. Kaguta Yoweri Museveni

04.12.2012

Advent Greetings

Over the last decades, there has been an increased global awareness and movement towards a stronger defense of the dignity and rights of all people and persons, irrespective of color, ethnicity, creed and gender. From a faith perspective, this has been a realization of the protection of the inherent dignity of every human being, equally and genuinely created in the image of God. Even when our brothers and sisters from our own faith communities are living as minorities among people of other faiths, there is a strong recognition of their rights to live contrary to the faith of the majority.

It is therefore with great concern and distress that we hear that the Parliament of Uganda is about to pass a bill against certain minorities in Uganda - the so called Anti-homo­sexuality Bill.

Our Lord Jesus Christ summarized the Ten Commandments in the two cardinal teachings: Love God with all your being and to love one’s neighbor as oneself. According to Jesus, all laws and commandments were created to teach us to love. Even to love our enemies. We are therefore also asked not to do to our brother and sister what we would not want to be done towards ourselves. In spite of what we believe is right and wrong from a faith perspective, we strongly believe that the law of the country must provide a framework to protect all people, in particular the vulnerable, and limit the misuse of power of individuals and groups in society. And the law should definitely not promote hatred.

This kind of legal framework belongs to a totalitarian state, and not to a democracy. Experiences have shown that such informer activities lead to violence, murder, abuses and impunity wherever they are introduced, as we have seen in many countries, and recently in Uganda.

It is our hope and prayer that you will abstain from supporting any law that will promote hatred, discrimination, oppression, violence and injustice towards small number of persons in your country who would rather need love and compassion.

Yours in Christ,

The Most Rev. Helga Haugland Byfuglien
Presiding Bishop of the Bishops’ Conference
Church of Norway

Mrs. Berit Hagen Agøy
General Secretary, Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Relations




Posted by Karibu - Last updated 06.12.2012