> Who wants to bet that the average Nigerian knows or cares who > Bishop Gene Robinson is? It should be obvious to any Nigerian why the Archbishop is harping on the issue of homosexuality: it gains its utility precisely by being, at least apparently, remote. By attacking gays and lesbians, Archbishop Akinola (like several other primates) unites a very ethnically divided Anglican province (and nation). Very few Ibo Christians in Nigeria worship in the same parish as Yoruban Christians, and when they do, they bring their divisions with them. Akinola, like the majority of Nigerian bishops, is Yoruban. Bishops elect bishops in Nigeria; imagine how that feels if otherwise you might be "bishop material" but are Ibo. (Those two large groups are just the tip of the iceberg of ethnic diversity within Nigeria.) We're not talking about just nice cultural differences here, such as local preferences for grits, fraps, Tex-Mex, sour dough bread, Taylor ham, or scrapple: In the life time of most living Nigerian bishops, a fierce civil war waged for 30 months, 1967 to 1970. What a convenient tool the lesbigay issue is to re-focus attention away from the divisions and to unite people "in Christ" by all hating the same largely invisible group of people, with the added boon of getting back at the North Americans who have too often treated all with condescension and arrogance. L. Louie Crew, Member of Executive Council, Chair of the Newark Deputation
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