Statement on the Murder of Ugandan David Kato

General February 10, 2011

As a global community of committed Christians, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) unequivocally condemns the murder of Ugandan activist David Kato. We believe all human life is sacred as “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27, NKJB).

As people of faith in a broken world we denounce violence, especially murder, and urge the governmental authorities in Uganda to thoroughly investigate David’s murder and do everything possible to bring to justice the person or persons who perpetrated this heinous act.

Stigmatisation of persons who hold different views from ours is never helpful. We therefore embrace this opportunity to urge that grace and humility characterise our discourse on the social issues of our day, remembering the great Apostle Paul’s injunction to “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how to answer each other” (Colossians 4:6, NKJB).

The World Evangelical Alliance is made up of 128 national evangelical alliances located in 7 regions and 104 associate member organisations and global networks. The WEA is the world's largest association of evangelical Christians serving a constituency of 600 million people. The WEA is a voice to governments, media, and other faith communities and holds consultative status at the United Nations.