Rowan Williams (Pic: Brian from Toronto, Canada)

The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned of the consequences of “demonising” gay people following the murder of LGBT activist David Kato in Uganda.

Archbishop Rowan Williams, who heads up the increasingly fractured Anglican Church around the world, spoke about Kato’s murder to the media in Dublin on Sunday.

“You cannot go around sharing information about the identity of proposed lesbian and gay persons and urging people to ostracise them or worse ‘Hang Them’ as in the headlines of one of the Ugandan newspapers,” he said.

“You cannot do that without taking responsibility for the consequences. Language which demonises gays and lesbians has consequences,” he added.

The Ugandan branch of the Anglican Church has supported anti-gay sentiment in the country and has refused to take part in international events that include female or gay clergy.

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