Commentary by Rev. Canon Albert Ogle: An eyewitness to homophobia, from Uganda to the UN

Rev. Albert Ogle

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repost from SDGLN

The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle – Special to SDGLN
June 10th, 2011

Editor’s note: Albert Ogle writes: “This week, I travelled from Kampala, Uganda to the United Nations where the global community is debating its priorities for HIV in the next five years. My week began with the homophobic celebration of Ugandan Martyrs Day in Kampala, talking and working with the persecuted LGBT community and praying at the grave of David Kato. It has ended in the UN General Assembly where the role and existence of the LGBT global community is not only questioned but has not even been mentioned in the draft Declaration that will be voted upon this Friday.”

Interpretation of history, particularly religious history, must always be done with the meticulous skill of a surgeon, or the patient may die. Left to the devices of amateurs or God forbid, politicians, lots of people will remain seriously wounded or die.

Interpretation of history, at its highest calling, must be to enable the healing of the past and repair some kind of communal “wound.” The Jewish concept of “repairing the world” while avoiding humanity’s most dangerous sin – amnesia — remains a constant theme engrained in holy Scriptures and epic stories.

“Remembering rightly” is ultimately about community health and survival. Simply put, when history is deliberately distorted, we get in trouble and repeat the mistakes of the past. Continue reading at SDGLN

2 Responses to “Commentary by Rev. Canon Albert Ogle: An eyewitness to homophobia, from Uganda to the UN”


  1. 1 Joye Cawley August 11, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Hi, Albert. Once again I’m starting the Fr. Bob Cornelison story. This time I have the equipment and the will to finally finish it. As you probably already guessed, I need to re tell the temenos story you told us that Sunday morning that I shall never forget.
    It sounds as though you’re still very busy working for all of us who dwell in the temenos, wherever we are, so it’s a lot to ask, I know.
    If you can spare a few minutes just to tell me what you told us that day I won’t have to try to remember the details, or make them up, again. (You should see the wikipedia list when I google “temenos”)I thought the people sent away included more than only gay people, but ??

    I expect to be working on the “FR.Bob project” for a few weeks, or less, and would happily buy you a beer for a few lines as above.
    Thanks, and many blessings.


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