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African Affairs Committe talk- ‘Christianity and Gay-Rights in Africa’

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University of Sheffield
African Affairs Network

‘Christianity and Gay-Rights in Africa’

Thursday, 3rd April 2014


Arts Tower

Dr Adriaan van Klinken – University of Leeds, School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science
Caroline Valois – University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science
Dr. Minna Shkul – University of Sheffield, Department of Biblical Studies
Sarah Heneghan – University of Sheffield, LGBT society

University of Sheffield African Affairs Network
The shocking recent anti-gay bill in Uganda, widely deplored here in the west, has brought the state of gay rights on the African continent into the media focus.

Is this a distinctively African Moral issue and how should the west respond?

The African Affairs Network is putting on a talk and discussion to examine the complex relationship between Gay rights, Christianity and the West in Africa.

We’ll be screening an extract from the award-winning documentary ‘God Loves Uganda’ which explores the role of the American money and Evangelical missionaries who are accused with spreading a violent interpretation of Biblical law in the country and directly funding the recent bill.

• A historical overview of the developments of Christianity and gay-rights in Africa.
• Evangelical discourse and homophobia in Uganda.
• Western responses to anti-gay bill in Uganda.
• The impact of the Bible on contemporary culture and the roots of homophobia in the Bible.
• What the issue means to us in the UK and how we can help.



Author: Hidden Perspectives

A research project within the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS) at The University of Sheffield.

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