South African pastor blames gay men, lesbians and feminists for ‘culture of death’

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Pastor Errol Naidoo of South Africa’s Family Policy Institute has blamed the LGBT community for creating a “culture of death” that led, among other things, to the Marikana mine massacre.

In his latest newsletter, the Cape Town-based Christian leader rails against feminists, gay men and lesbians for perpetuating a “culture of death” that he claims “is slowly killing off the human family in Western civilisation”.

Pator Naidoo wrote:  “Abortion-on-demand – driven by radical feminist activists – and the homosexual agenda, lie at the heart of the culture of death. These anti-family groups are responsible for population decline.”

He also blames said groups for what he refers to as “the rapidly diminishing rights and freedoms of Christians in SA”, “the growing holocaust of abortion on demand”, “teen pregnancies”, and “the Marikana Massacre” in which 34 mine workers protesting over wages and union recognition were killed by police last week.

Journalist Mandy de Waal said on Twitter that the newsletter left her convinced that “strains of religion are akin to a virus that destroys rationality.”

Pastor Naidoo also revealed that his church has secured a television slot, called Watchmen on the Wall. The first episode will be screened by Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) Africa, a Christian television channel, on 4 September.

It is not yet known what the programme’s content will be – whether it will espouse Pastor Naidoo’s homophobic agenda.

Pastor Naidoo’s Family Policy Institute is an avowedly homophobic Christian fundamentalist lobby group which has sought to repeal marriage equality rights in South Africa.

He has said he believes that homosexuality can be cured through prayer and was quoted by a Nigerian newspaper as saying: “I hate gays. It runs against God’s wishes.”