Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA) statement that "homosexuals are worse than beasts" is pivotal in Other Sheep East Africa's open letter Calling upon the Executive Secretary for Ethics, Justice and Peace of the AEA to Denounce the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill

by Rev. Steve Parelli, Other Sheep Executive Director

Today, Other Sheep East Africa, in an open letter to Rev. Patson Netha, the Executive Secretary for Ethics, Peace and Justice of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA), called upon the AEA to make a swift and clear denouncement of the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality bill.

In the open letter, Other Sheep East Africa cites AEA's publication of the Africa Bible Commentary in which a featured article on homosexuality (at Romans chapter 1) by Nigerian religious leader Yusufu Turaki states, among other homophobic and intolerant assertions, that "homosexuals are worse than beasts."   The open letter argues that AEA's Africa Bible Commentary, distributed in Africa among evangelicals since its publication in 2006, can be used to infer that the AEA supports the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality bill.

The open letter calls upon the AEA to denounce the bill and to distance itself from any inference that the Africa Bible Commentary article is to be considered an endorsement of the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill by the Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA).

The open letter noted Zondervan Publishing House of Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA), a major publisher of scholarly evangelical writings, as co-publisher.

The open letter was signed by Other Sheep East Africa Coordinators and other Other Sheep East Africa (OSEA) personnel from Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and the United States.

View this blog as an Other Sheep Press Release.


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