A tour of the Pacific Region in November by the ‘General Overseer’ of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, is about to begin.
Pastor Adeboye is touring Canberra (November 10-11), Melbourne (12-13), New Zealand (14-15), Fiji (16-17), Solomon Islands (18-19), Papua New Guinea (20-21), Sydney (22-23), Perth (24-25), to establish new branches of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Pastor Adeboye is one of the pastors who openly used their sermons and preaching to rally public support for the anti same sex marriage bill recently passed in Nigeria.
He preaches that legalisation of gay marriage will lead to the destruction of the human race.
Pastor Adeboye will be appearing in Melbourne at 30 McLennan Drive, Kensington VIC 3031, on the 12th and at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Wharf. VIC 3006 on the 13th.
The pastor will need a visa to enter Australia, which can be refused on the following grounds:
‘A person will not pass the character test where…there is a significant risk that the person will engage in criminal conduct in Australia, harass, molest, intimidate or stalk another person in Australia, vilify a segment of the Australian community, or incite discord in the Australian community or in a segment of that community, or represent a danger to the Australian community or a segment of that community.’
Given his history and his extremist anti-gay preaching, he can certainly be expected to ‘vilify a segment of the Australian community, or incite discord in the Australian community or in a segment of that community, or represent a danger to the Australian community or a segment of that community.’ Will the government let him in?
If you’d like to ask that this dangerous man be excluded from Australia (scroll down for email), contact:
Scott Morrison MP
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
PO Box 6022
Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone: 02 6277 7860
Fax: 02 6273 4144
Leo Igwe, founder of the Nigerian Humanist movement and prominent human rights activist writes :
Earlier this year Pastor Adeboye told a local Christian gathering that ‘Same sex marriage is anathema’ and an ‘evil’ that would lead to the end of human race. Due to the sermons of homophobic clerics like Pastor Adeboye, there is a growing trend of attacks and violence against homosexuals in Nigeria.
We should not allow this vicious trend to spread and take hold in other parts of the globe.
We need to use this opportunity to send a strong message to Pastor Adeboye and other gay bashing African clerics that their gospel of hatred and intolerance has no place in the Pacific Region and that their churches have no future in Australia, New Zealand etc.
Many African churches are trying to re –evangelize the world by promoting literal biblical interpretations and Christian messages that are incompatible with universal human rights and other civilized values.
If we are to beat back the tide of homophobia sweeping across Africa, we must protest the moves and plans by homophobic pastors and religious bigots to establish churches that incite violence and hatred against gay persons.
According to Right Wing Watch, Nigeria’s legislature recently passed a harsh anti-gay law (supported by Adeboye) that would punish same-sex couples and the “public show of same-sex amorous relationships” with long jail sentences and make the advocacy of gay rights illegal. The head of Nigeria’s Human Rights Commission warned that the legislation would even criminalize public displays of affection between family members of the same sex.