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African Church Leaders Resist Gay Rights, Call it a Colonial Import

A call for greater acceptance of gays and lesbians has put African and Western churches on a collision course, as some African clerics liken mounting criticism from the U.S. and Europe to a new wave of colonization by the West.

Consider some of the statements at a news conference last week led by Bishop Arthur Gitonga of the Redeemed Church in Kenya:

“Homosexuality is equivalent to colonialism and slavery,” said one participant.

“We feel it’s like a weapon of mass destruction,” said another.

“It is not biblical and cannot bring blessing to Christians,” said a third.

Gitonga, a powerful East African Pentecostal church official, is among a group of Kenyan leaders who have launched “Zuia Sodom Kabisa,” Kiswahili for “Stop Sodom Completely.” The campaign seeks 1 million signatures to petition legislation to criminalize homosexual acts in Kenya.

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Geronimo: A Revealing Code Name

A few days ago on my personal blog, I asked this question in response to the celebrations
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Mark Twain's Radical Pacifism

Mark Twain's antiwar leanings are already common knowledge (or should be), perhaps best of all through his haunting short story "The War Prayer." But now, as his complete autobiography is being published fo
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Turning the Tables of White-European-Male-Privilege: 'Our' Tables, 'Their' Tables, and New Tables

[Read more of this blog conversation in response to the Sojourners article "
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Christianity Today and Cultural Captivity

Last month's Christianity Today featured an article on the state of evangelicalism by
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Might Will Never Make Right In Afghanistan

I consider myself a peacemaker and a patriot. I come from a long line of warriors and military servicemen.
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Jesus and the Children of Empire

Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Roman occupation, preached a message that was anti-state and religious imperialism.
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