Church of Uganda plans ‘gay cures’, exorcisms predicted

GSN sources say past gay ‘cures’ by the Anglican Church in Uganda have included beatings and exorcisms to draw out gay demons

Church of Uganda plans ‘gay cures’, exorcisms predicted
19 March 2014

The Church of Uganda will be setting up ‘gay cure’ groups after returning ‘resources’ given to them by the Church of England.

They may even be performing ‘exorcisms’ and beatings, according to experts.

It shows the Anglican community in the east African country is distancing itself from the mother church in the UK, which has called on it to be more gay-friendly.

President Yoweri Museveni praised bishops of the Anglican Church recently for their support and campaigning to pass the anti-gay legislation.

Signed into law earlier this year, it punishes homosexuality with up to life in prison.

Retired bishop Wilson Mutebi, announced the plans at an event held last week.

He said: ‘The bishops have vowed to stand with the president over the homosexuality issue.

‘We salute you for your strong stand against gay practices.’

In his speech, he revealed the Church of Uganda had been ‘fighting against the vice’ and would stand firm against the wishes of the Church of England.

Earlier this year, the Archbishop of York and Archbishop of Canterbury sent a letter to Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda.

In the letter, they said homosexuals were loved and valued by God and deserved the ‘best pastoral care and friendship’.

In response, Ntagali accused the leaders of the Church of England of being ‘spiritually blind’.

Mutebi has now revealed the Church of Uganda has returned ‘resources’ and will be setting up facilities for the ‘treatment and counselling of homosexuality victims’.

GSN sources have said the church has experimented with ‘gay cures’ in the past. These have ranged from exorcisms to beatings.

GSN asked the Church of Uganda to tell us more about their plans but so far they have not responded.

When contacted by Gay Star News, a Church of England had no information on what ‘resources’ were returned by the Church of Uganda.

They also chose to not make a statement regarding the setting up of ‘gay cure’ groups.

Uganda gay activist Edwin Sesange, of the Africa LGBTI Out and Proud Diamond Group, told GSN:

‘It is very unfortunate that well respected religious leaders in Uganda are diverting from the gospel of love to the gospel of hate.’

The Ugandan Church, along with others in Africa, has already broken its ties with Anglicans in North America over the blessing of same-sex unions.

The Church of England does ordain gay clergy as long as they are celibate.

But while Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said some gay couples have monogamous relationships of ‘stunning’ quality, he still says he supports the Church of England’s opposition to active homosexuality.

Nearly every mainstream worldwide health organization views ‘gay cure’ therapy as dangerous to a person’s mental health.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Fired gay Univision personality was 'falsely painted as a racist,' says lawyer

Rodner Figueroa was fired after saying image of Michelle Obama looked like cast member of Planet of the Apes
No thumbnail available

Greece ordered to open civil unions to same-sex couples

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Greece cannot exclude same-sex couples from the civil unions it allows for heterosexual couples
No thumbnail available

West Virginia to stop defending gay marriage ban - marriages to begin by next Tuesday at the latest

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin urges residents to 'uphold our statewide tradition of treating one another with dignity and respect'
No thumbnail available

Russia shuts down registry office after it gave gay couple marriage license

St Petersburg MP Vitaly Milonov vowed to avoid more 'ugly insults to millions of Russian families in the future'
No thumbnail available

Kiss for Marriage Equality in Adelaide

Valentine’s Day smooch for same-sex marriage in Australia
No thumbnail available

Russia gay teen social media support group charged with propaganda

Founder of a VK page, which encourages gay teens to write letters and share their stories, could be facing a huge fine
Australian Labor Party commits to equal rights to form a family for LGBTI people

Australian Labor Party commits to equal rights to form a family for LGBTI people

Australia’s main Opposition party has committed to LGBTI people having access to assisted reproductive technologies, surrogacy and adoption on the same basis as heterosexual Australians at its national conference this weekend
No thumbnail available

Christian goes Gaga in school assembly gay rant

A Christian hate group in the US state of Iowa left students in tears after homophobic attack against Elton John and Lady Gaga
No thumbnail available

Australian Greens accuse gov and opposition of ‘killing off’ gay marriage debate

Motion for the Senate to vote on marriage equality tomorrow, a day after the House of Representatives vote, is ‘a political strategy’ says Greens leader
No thumbnail available

Police arrest several in ‘anti-gay attack’ in lead up to Manchester Pride

Five men were arrested in an incident rumored to be motivated by homophobia