Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Sudan: Who is Human?

What does Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul think about women and homosexuals? Are they both fully human? Apparently not.

Susan Russell was at the press conference where Archbishop Daniel held forth today, and she reports this:

In the press conference on Tuesday afternoon, the Primate of the Sudan (the Most Rev. Dr. Daniel Deng Bul) called for the resignation of the Bishop of New Hampshire, declaring in the statement released ahead of the press conference that he had come to the Lambeth Conference “to take the necessary steps to safeguard the precious unity of the Church.”

When asked about ministering to the gays and lesbians in his province, the archbishop declared that he did not think there were any homosexuals in the Sudan as “none had come forward.” And when queried about his position on the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate said he “believed in women priests and bishops because they were human” – leaving listeners to wonder if the inference was that homosexuals were not.
Yep. That's exactly the inference I received from reading several reports of Archbishop Daniel's 15 minutes of fame today: Women are human. Homosexuals are not.

I am speechless.


Blogger sharecropper said...

Don't know where that leaves us lesbians - half human? or does being homosexual take away all our humanity? And, you seemed to like the guy and he treated you well.

It must be hard for people with such beliefs to live in the world outside their own countries...especially to ask for aid and companionship from dioceses and parishes with non-human participants.

Or maybe it's like slavery, since the black skinned people were not human, we could treat them like animals. Are we homosexuals to be treated like animals?

I grieve.

7/23/2008 7:01 AM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Alas, Sharecropper, I'm pretty sure that we lesbians are doomed. Being a woman can't make up for the utter corruption of being gay. But you knew that already, didn't you? ;-)

7/23/2008 10:40 AM  
Anonymous The Wayward Episcopalian said...

Now on this one, I'm with you in lock-step! My heart grieves for you, Lisa!

7/23/2008 10:43 AM  
Blogger Wormwood's Doxy said...

Be sure to check out Jim Naughton's post on Episcopal Cafe this morning. Apparently, +Deng Bul was happy enough to use the courts when it got him what HE wanted...


7/23/2008 10:49 AM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Yes, Doxy, I saw that. It's just perfect. God bless Jim Naughton and all the gang at The Lead.

7/23/2008 12:17 PM  
Blogger Grandmère Mimi said...

What does one say about such unspeakable ignorance and bigotry? I have no words.

7/23/2008 6:55 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

I have no words.

That's ok, Mimi. Obviously, I had a surfeit of them last night. ;-)

I think I actually made myself sick. Woke this morning with a blinding migraine. It's now down to merely a miserable headache.

7/23/2008 7:21 PM  

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