Kenya’s Anglican Archbishop: West Pressuring Us to ‘Treat Homosexuality as a Human Right, But We Will Not Relent’

April 21, 2014 - 5:37 PM

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Most Rev. Eluid Wabukala, the Anglican archbishop of Kenya. (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – Forces in the West and in the Anglican Communion worldwide are pressuring the Anglican Church in Kenya (ACK) to accept homosexuality as “a human right,” but it will never do so, said the Most Rev. Eliud Wabukala, the Anglican archbishop of Kenya.

 

“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.”

 

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Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury. (AP)

“We are committed to biblical sexual morality and to biblical pastoral care, so we wholeheartedly stand by the assurance given in the 1998 Lambeth Conference resolution that those who experience same sex attraction are ‘loved by God and that all baptised, believing and faithful persons, regardless of sexual orientation, are full members of the Body of Christ,’” said the archbishop.

 

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.