Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), Nkhoma Synod, has proposed a referendum to settle the vexed issue of homosexuality.
In a pastoral letter, the church has condemned homosexuality and abortion, saying if government and activist insists on minority rights, there should be a national referendum for citizens to decide.
In Malawi, men who have sex with men can face up to 14 years imprisonment and hard labour and the Malawian public is overwhelmingly opposed to LGBT equality.
In its letter read to its congregants on Sunday, June 19, advises its members to continue praying against the legalization of same sex marriages and abortion, warning that God’s wrath comes because of such ills in society.
“If the government and some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) insists on [homosexuality], let them ask Malawians themselves to vote in a referendum,” reads the letter.
The church asked for the anti-gay law to be put to a vote.
According to the clergy, anyone who has sexual feelings with a person of the same-sex needs “pastoral, clinical and physiological counselling.”
Nkhoma Synod stresses that homosexuality it’s against the order of nature.
Observers says it’s no brainer such a vote has very little chance of securing a majority in favour of repealing the anti-gay law.
But minority rights activist argue that matters of sexual orientation should not be taken to “public votes” as the response will be impulsive, driven by cultural norms, ignorance and fear among Malawians.
Centre for Development of People (Cedep) argues that it is no right to for a sexual act between consenting adults to be taken to a national referendum.
The Nkhoma Synod letter signed by its moderator, Dr Chatha Msangaambe also condemns abortion and also echoed calls for rights of people with albinism in Malawi to be guaranteed.
They have proposed that government and mobile phone service providers should help person with albinism to have handsets which they can use to call a police hotline when they are in danger of attack.
The letter was titled: ‘Taking our stand with God in this crooked generation’.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :