“The West and even parts of the Anglican Communion is piling pressure on us to treat homosexuality as a human right, but we will not relent,” said Abp. Wabukala, as reported on Apr. 10 by BBC Monitoring Africa. “From outside, we are being pushed into treating homosexuality as a human right, but this is to cheapen rights so that they become a demand that we tolerate individual preferences that are destructive of our moral fabric.”
The archbishop further said that the practice of homosexuality “goes against Christian teachings,” reported the BBC, and is an “ideology that attacks our human identity as male and female created in the image of God ….”
In an earlier statement in response to the archbishops of Canterbury and York, Wabukala said their intervention “has served to encourage those who want to normalize homosexual lifestyles in Africa and has fuelled prejudice against African Anglicans.”
The Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) is part of the 70-million-member Anglican Communion worldwide, which includes the Church of England, whose head, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, is the honorary leader – first among equals with all the archbishops.
The ACK has 29 dioceses and about 5 million members. Dr. Eluid Wabukala was elected archbishop in 2009.