Presbyterian leaders oppose Ugandan anti-gay act

From the Presbyterian News Service:

Two leaders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) recently signed a Christian statement denouncing the Ugandan “Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2009.”

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, moderator of the 218th General Assembly (2008) and the Rev. Gradye Parsons, GA stated clerk, added their names along with leaders from Catholic, mainline and evangelical churches who also signed the statement [PDF].

The News Service notes that "the 'Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2009' is under consideration by the Parliament of Uganda. If passed, the act would make homosexual behavior punishable by life imprisonment or death. It would also punish citizens for not reporting their gay or lesbian neighbors to the authorities."

The Presbyterian News Service goes on to say:

“Regardless of the diverse theological views of our religious traditions regarding the morality of homosexuality, in our churches, communities and families, we seek to embrace our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters as God’s children worthy of respect and love,” the statement reads. “Yet we are painfully aware that in our country gays and lesbians still face hostility and violence. We recognize that such treatment degrades the human family, threatens the common good and defies the teachings of our Lord — wherever it occurs.”

Others groups represented by signatures on the statement are Evangelicals for Social Action, Africa Faith and Justice Network, Catholic Theological Society of America, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, Pax Christi International, United Church of Christ and several theology professors and writers.

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