Africa / Faith and religion

Malawi arrests came with threats, assault, extortion

Two men arrested in Malawi last week on homosexuality charges suffered more mistreatment than local newspapers stated. According to a defendant, the Dec. 7 incident included: One defendant’s house ransacked by neighbors, An assault by neighbors, Threats of being burned alive, Attempted extortion by community police, Insults from community police and members of the Malawi … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Faith and religion

Buoyed by Supreme Court, will U.S. church help LGBT Africans?

On the same day when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all states must recognize same-sex marriages, the progressive U.S.-based Episcopal Church is considering whether to extend its work for justice to LGBT people in Africa. The church’s General Convention, now under way in Salt Lake City, Utah, will decide whether to authorize not only … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Faith and religion

U.S. church plans support for LGBT-friendly Africans

A group of Christians in the United States is preparing to chart a new course in relations with their African counterparts. Rather than the type of conservative anti-gay evangelical preaching that in the past has encouraged so much repression and hatred for LGBT Africans, the generally progressive, LGBT-friendly Episcopal Church is moving toward fortifying a … Continue reading

Americas / Faith and religion

Hard work and progress toward LGBT rights in Africa, Jamaica

The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, president of the St. Paul’s Foundation, tells of the foundation’s latest work with activists seeking equality in Jamaica, Uganda, Cameroon and Malawi: This coming week marks the fourth birthday of the St. Paul’s Foundation. We have much to celebrate in the short time we have pooled our resources to work … Continue reading

Americas

U.S. rights advocates reject African-style quest for rights

American human rights advocates have undercut the work of their African counterparts by insisting on Western-style advocacy of gay rights from African supporters of human rights for all, says a group of prominent religious leaders and human-rights activists, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. The issue arose this summer when Dartmouth College in New … Continue reading