March 6, 2014

African church leaders resist gay rights, call it a colonial import

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Bishop Arthur Gitonga, center, of the Redeemed Church in Kenya. The powerful East African Pentecostal church leader led the group in launching “Zuia Sodom Kabisa," (Kiswahili for -Stop Sodom now), a one million signature campaign against homosexuality. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili

Bishop Arthur Gitonga, center, of the Redeemed Church in Kenya. The powerful East African Pentecostal church leader led the group in launching “Zuia Sodom Kabisa," (Kiswahili for -Stop Sodom now), a one million signature campaign against homosexuality. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili

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NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) 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.