Errol Naidoo’s blame on gays will not fall well!
By Melanie Nathan, August 22, 2012
A conservative Christian minister in South Africa has taken a leaf out of the book of U.S. deceased Evangelical Jerry Falwell and blamed the horrific massacre of South African Miners by police witnessed last week at the Marikana platinum mine on feminists, homosexuals and abortion. Controversial pastor Errol Naidoo trended briefly on Twitter on Wednesday, after publishing a newsletter from the Family Policy Institute, which blamed “abortion-on-demand”, driven by radical feminists and the “homosexual agenda” for a “culture of death” in South Africa.
Thirty-four people were killed and 78 wounded at the mine following clashes between police and mine-workers demanding higher pay and safer work conditions. The killings sparked outrage across the country, with some South Africans comparing it to the type of state-sponsored murders of anti-apartheid activists in decades past.
While some South African reports indicate this as a novel approach, they are misinformed. There is nothing novel about scape-goating minorities by religious zealots and political extremists. What is more important to note is that Naidoo has admitted to being hosted by known classified Hate Group, The Family Research Council, while in D.C. in the U.S.A.
To quote renowned American openly gay clergyman and author, Mel White , who used to be Jerry Falwell’s ghostwriter , “Unfortunately most of these same religious leaders believe their anti-gay rhetoric. They do not know most of what they say about us is untrue. Nor do they realize the tragic consequences of their untruths.” (Unholy Terror, Preface)
White goes on to note: ” In fact they are using their anti-homosexual campaign to recruit volunteers, raise funds, mobilize volunteers, and eventually divide and conquer the nation. Their ultimate goal is to break down the wall that separates church and state, superimpose their “moral values” on the US Constitution, replace democracy with theocratic rule and create a new Christian America.”
I would say that Pastor Errol Naidoo is doing just that – nothing new when it comes to fear driven politics and the fundamentalist dream to destroy freedoms in the name of Church. Yes, Naidoo can pray and have his Church and his religious freedoms will not be interrupted, but in so doing, for him to attack the freedom’s of others, is a grand assault on South Africa and the Constitutional rights of all. What he has said is as UN-South African as one can get and no one should be silent.
Boitshoko Machwusa tweeted that Naidoo was “taking the opportunity to spread bigotry”, while Journalist Mandy de Waal commented: “When I read [the newsletter] I become more convinced that strains of religion are akin to a virus that destroys rationality.”
Currently South Africa’s Constitution is under attack by traditional leaders in Parliament who would like to see the sexual orientation and gender identity equality clause removed. Not only does Naidoo’s rhetoric support such notion, but it also provides a call to violence – a form of justification for homophobic attacks on the LGBTI community in South Africa, where such is already rampant. Where is the boundary between religious and hate talk? There seems to be none in the book of Naidoo!
AS an aside – it seems that Mel White is spot on about motivation – financial gain – for conservative Christian values – we instill fear – they give us gifts! Here is a picture taken off Naidoo’s Facebook page where he is receiving a free gift of a JAG XJ6 a very expensive and fancy car by South African Standards. Equivalent to about R100,000 in value. By USA standards it would probably be similar to receiving a $100,000 gift (not based on exchange rate – but value.)
Holy Terror Can be purchased via Amazon.com Amazing read thanks to brilliance of Mel White: http://www.amazon.com/Holy-Terror-Christian-Right-Equality/dp/1936833093
Post script:- “Arlene and I at the awesome Values Voter Summit in Washington DC hosted by Family Research Council. The Summit is the largest and most prominent gathering of pro-life, pro-family leaders in the US.” Quote from Errol Naidoo –
He has been associating with known classified as Hate Groups. The Family Research Council is classified as such because it falls into the category of disseminating lies about LGBT people. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/08/21/human-rights-campaign-family-research-council-is-a-hate-group/ .
Comments from Facebook re Errol’s new car…
- Jacob Zuma declares period of mourning for South African miners (telegraph.co.uk)
- Watch Shocking South African Police Massacre of Miners 34 Dead (oblogdeeoblogda.me)
- South Africa mine ‘massacre’: Jacob Zuma orders inquiry (telegraph.co.uk)
FRC President, Tony Perkins and Errol Naidoo at FRC headquarters in Washington DC, USA