There’s a growing group of concerned folks in Australia spreading the word, helped by the likes of Leo Igwe – human rights activist and long-time supporter of minority groups who are persecuted in Africa and world-wide, particularly those people who are targets of hate mongering sermons and preachings.
Adeboye made headlines in Nigeria earlier this year when he claimed same-sex marriages would lead to the end of the human race.
‘Same-sex marriage is an anathema to the will of God for human beings to be fruitful, replenish and multiply on earth – anything contrary to that is evil,’ Adeboye told a gathering at Obafemi Awolowo University in January.
If you have any doubts whatsoever about the “legitimacy” that the tour aims to have in Australia – check the image out which has Adeboye posed against Australia’s Parliament House.
From Leo Igwe’s article on Modern Ghana: Pastor Adeboye, RCCG and Homophobia in the Pacific:
There are legitimate concerns over Pastor Enoch Adeboye’s proposed evangelical tour of the Pacific in November. Pastor Adeboye is expected to visit Canberra, Melbourne, New Zealand, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Sydney, and Perth next month. He is scheduled to preach at these places, and inaugurate branches of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
He has also posted a link to more examples of these kinds of preachings, as documented in the New York Times –
A major theme of Redeemed teachings, to its Nigerian audience especially, is that becoming saved protects you from the curses, spells and sorcery that Africans, even Christian ones, commonly blame for all manner of misfortunes, from car accidents to impotence. Church officials in the United States are somewhat averse to talking about this aspect of doctrine. They are well aware of the ridicule that was heaped upon a Kenyan preacher after a video clip of his prayer to protect Sarah Palin from “the spirit of witchcraft,” offered during a guest sermon at her Alaska church, fell into the hands of bloggers.
In fact, like many elements of Africa’s indigenous cosmology, the belief in evil spirits is entirely consistent with mainstream Pentecostal teaching, which holds that God and the Devil — an actual being — are engaged in continual “spiritual warfare.”
There’s a number of things people can do:
2) In addition – contact as many groups as you can – groups such as Australian Marriage Equality. Gay Rights in Australia and New Zealand – Human Rights groups in both countries. Considering that New Zealand passed the marriage rights bill, this tour should be of particular concern to them.
Humanist, atheist, secular, wiccan, pro-rights groups of all faiths or no faiths – all can lend a hand, and all can write in or call relevant activists and policy-makers. They’re on Twitter, pass on the word that this is happening, such as @AMEQUALITY. Protests against presentations have occurred in the past in Australia: Equal Love protest Australian Christian Lobby anti-equality forum, Melbourne 2012
3) Look at some of the previous efforts that stopped Helen Ukpabio, Nigerian ‘witch hunt’ pastor, coming to U.S – they included online petitions, fundraising campaigns and coverage by groups like the New Humanist, and Leo Igwe. The Facebook group can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/stopevangelicaltour.
Again by Leo at Pastor Adeboye, RCCG and Homophobia in the Pacific and also SpyGhana:
Pastor Adeboye has, in this statement, demonstrated his ignorance and bigotry. He showed his inability to use his position to preach and promote love and tolerance of persons without discrimination on the basis of sex or gender identity. Morally, he failed, at a critical stage in the legislation process, to rally support and respect for a persecuted minority.
And I ask: Is that the gospel Adeboye is going to preach and promote in New Zealand where same sex marriage is legal? How does Adeboye think the people in Australia, where homosexuality is not a crime, will receive his ‘message’?
The tour is planned for November 2013:
10th-11th – Canberra
12th-13th – Melbourne
14th-15th – New Zealand
16th-17th – Fiji
18th-19th – Solomon Islands
20th-21st – Papua New Guinea
22nd-23rd – Sydney
24th-25th – Perth
Time is running out.