Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, made an absolutely baffling statement during a phone conference recently, as reported in the Guardian. He says we can’t recognize gay marriages in the west because it will cause Muslims to slaughter Christians in Africa.
African Christians will be killed if the Church of England accepts gay marriage, the archbishop of Canterbury has suggested. Speaking on an LBC phone in, Justin Welby said he had stood by a mass grave in Nigeria of 330 Christians who had been massacred by neighbours who had justified the atrocity by saying: “If we leave a Christian community here we will all be made to become homosexual and so we will kill all the Christians.”
“I have stood by gravesides in Africa of a group of Christians who had been attacked because of something that had happened in America. We have to listen to that. We have to be aware of the fact,” Welby said. If the Church of England celebrated gay marriages, he added, “the impact of that on Christians far from here, in South Sudan, Pakistan, Nigeria and other places would be absolutely catastrophic. Everything we say here goes round the world.”
Andrew Brown, the reporter on the above article, explained separately what Welby was referring to:
He had in mind intercommunal massacres, such as the one he cited in Nigeria. He referred to a particularly harrowing experience he had in the middle belt of Nigeria, where the ethnic cleansing of a Christian village by Muslim neighbours was supposedly justified or prompted by something gay-friendly done by the Anglican church in the US.
This is an absolutely absurd position to take. We’re supposed to deny the rights of LGBT people in this country, or in the UK, because Muslims in Africa will get mad about it and use it to justify the slaughters they already undertake regularly anyway? Seriously? I would suggest that Welby be more concerned about the actions of the Anglican churches in Africa that are under his control. They have enthusiastically supported brutal anti-gay laws in Nigeria and Uganda, something Welby says he is against but has done nothing about. If you’re going to keep people in positions of power within your own church who support the brutalization and imprisonment of gay people, you don’t get to talk about how concerned you are for the people under their care. If you do, you aren’t really opposed to such terrible things happening at all, you’re only concerned when they happen to Christians.