African churches: Why preach love, then imprison gays?

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11/30/2020

Why do people who preach love every Sunday want people put in prison for what they do in the privacy of their bedrooms? That was one of the questions — especially regarding homophobic Christian churches in Africa and the Caribbean — that led to the Intimate Conviction 2 conference, which ended Nov. 27. Maurice Tomlinson, the Jamaican-Canadian activist organizer of the online conference, told the closing session, “There is no way the God I serve would want to send people to prison for their consensual acts of intimacy.” He said he had been discouraged recently by setbacks in the quest to overturn anti-LGBTQ laws in about 72 countries worldwide. But experiences such as last week’s conference gave him renewed encouragement. “The speakers at the conference showed that there’s a lot of goodwill. There’s a lot of hope. There is a path forward toward complete liberation of LGBT people,” he said.

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