Archbishop of Canterbury steps into U.N. row over gay rights

February 29, 2012

(Britain's Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams (R) and his wife Jane wave to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip after a Diamond Jubilee multi-faith reception at Lambeth Palace in central London February 15, 2012. REUTERS/Toby Melville)

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual head of the global Anglican communion, has stepped into a row which is flaring at the U.N. Human Rights Council over the persecution of gays and lesbians.

Williams, who has faced strong opposition from parts of his own church especially in Africa for his stance on gays, did not directly refer to the current controversy at the Council, according to the text of a speech prepared for delivery at the Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC).

However, he said on Tuesday that laws against sexual minorities were equivalent to racism, and warned that legal regulation of consensual sexual conduct “can be both unworkable and open to appalling abuse – intimidation and blackmail.”

A panel of the U.N. rights body will consider action in Geneva on Wednesday aimed at halting persecution of gays and lesbians around the world, despite fierce condemnation from Muslim and some African countries.

A report prepared for the gathering by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says homosexuals and bisexuals face execution in at least five countries and 76 nations had laws criminalizing gay sex.

They also accounted disproportionately for torture cases in jails around the globe, said the report which was mandated by a council resolution backed by Western and a range of developing states that was passed narrowly last June.

But in a statement in advance of the panel, Pakistan said the 57-nation Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) opposed the convening of the panel and would not accept any recommendations that it might issue.

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Good for him. Here is a papal leader with a real brain on top of his head similar to John Paul II.

I wish I could come up with a proper comment, but he already said it perfectly.

Let the church urge people in the direction they find appropriate. It is not the job of the state to legally require what people should or shouldn’t do in their own bedrooms.

Bravo. What a magnificent step in the right direction for Christians worldwide.

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Identical twin studies show conclusively that genetically identical twins one of whom is later homosexually attracted, cannot have picked this up genetically or hormonally as they share the same egg and womb. The archbishop lacks the divine capacity to manufacure a third and forth sex. For the two that actually exist the Denmark registry study of 2006 shows the correlation between marital instability (divorce and death) and later homosexual behaviors. We should be directing our efforts towards the latest crop of victims.

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