Exposed: Welsh politicians’ ties with extremist Singapore preacher

Exposed: Welsh politicians’ ties with extremist Singapore preacher April 26, 2019

Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong, founder of Singapore’s Cornerstone Community Church, is no stranger to controversy. Last year he found himself at the centre of  in a row about Islamophobia, and this week his extreme homophobia was exposed when his involvement with two Christian members of the Welsh Assembly – Darren Millar and Russell George – came to light.

 

Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong, left, alongside Welsh Assembly Members Darren Millar , top right, and Russell George. Photos: Facebook/Twitter

Millar and George lead a Christian charity, The Evan Roberts Institute. which  staged numerous events in Welsh Assembly premises in 2018 and 2019, but a row erupted when it was revealed that the  charity had links to Yang’s church.

This led to calls by various human rights groups for the two Assemby Members (AMs) to cut ties with the Singaporean bigot and his church.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said the pastor’s views:

Were not compatible with humanitarian values. The Evans Roberts Institute should not be associated with him or his church in any way. These AMs should either stand down from the institute or make sure it has broken all ties with the pastor.

Cai Wilshaw of UK-based LGBTI media site Pink News added

It’s completely unacceptable for these politicians to have social, financial and legal links with someone who has such dangerous extremist views […] If they’re not willing to educate themselves about LGBT rights then they should think about resigning.

But Russell George hit back, saying:

Just because you do business with someone it doesn’t mean you have to share all of their views. I am a trustee of a small charity which seeks to promote Welsh Christian heritage.

The charity purchased a small chapel which had links to Welsh revivalist Evan Roberts. The chapel was at risk of demolition so the charity purchased the property to protect it from this fate. Due to its dilapidated state the charity provided a 50 year lease of the property to a church based in Singapore in return for its restoration. The chapel has now been restored.

None of the charity’s trustees condone homophobia or discrimination of any kind.

Yang was reported to police in 2013 after claiming homosexuality was a “sin”.

He said that homosexuality is:

Far more rampant, militant and organised than most of us actually believe it to be.

In 2016, he wrote a blog post attacking an online video in which a woman said she was a lesbian and a Christian. Yang wrote:

She’s promoting the virtue of being a happy homosexual Christian. Let me put it in simple and unambiguous terms: A homosexual Christian is an oxymoron. You cannot live a lifestyle that the Bible condemns and say you’re a believer in Jesus Christ at the same time.

In 2018 he was forced to apologise to Muslim leaders over alleged anti-Islamic comments made by American Christian preacher Lou Engle, above, who in spoke at his church’s three-day Kingdom Invasion 2018 conference.

Engle  appeared to suggest that Islam was a threat to Christianity. Yang promised that Engle would not be invited to speak in Singapore again. He told Muslim leaders he was “disappointed” by Engle’s words.

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  • Dreadnaught

    Why defend or endorse the legitimacy of one religion from another, when we know that without the threats of violence past and or present, none would exist.

  • Jennny

    Ha ha! Cynical laughter from here in rural Wales. ‘Welsh X-tian Heritage’. I can tell you exactly what that is… My father deconverted, as did many of his peers. They went to chapel (everyone here was either Church, CofE or Chapel.) and heard ranty sermons – the welsh loved good oratory – about ‘the demon drink’ but saw the preacher going to the back door of the pub with a jug for ale in the week and the bruises on his wife’s face. Chapels are on every corner, most closed now, but they were fierce rivals. The welsh love to sing too. Life was harsh, men were mainly miners in terrible conditions, and choral festivals (Eistedfoddau) were the only release, so chapels poached the best singers from one another in order to win.
    An 80yo told me that her MIL was a lifelong member of Horeb chapel. It closed, so when MIL was dying she said ‘Don’t take me into Hebron’ ( a rival chapel just 4 doors away) for my funeral, take me into the church. After a lifetime of contempt for those paedo-baptist anglicans, she preferred them to Hebron, who’d probably won more choral prizes than her chapel or whose harvest suppers were known to be better.
    A 90yo chatted with me recently and waved his hand at the chapel over the street and said ‘That was my chapel, shame it’s now closed. But’, he mused ‘it doesn’t make much difference really, those inside the chapel were no different from those outside it.’ I’m not sure at what point he’d worked out the massive hypocrisy of chapel life.
    I’ve gone on long enough, there’s much more to say about the Welsh Revival of 1904 that Evan Roberts was at the centre of…x-tians are still praying here for another one, but neglect to mention that by 1905-6, those chapels that filled in 1904, had emptied again.

  • Chris Hogue

    You cannot live a lifestyle that the Bible condemns and say you’re a believer in Jesus Christ at the same time.

    This jerk probably eats shrimp while wearing mixed fabrics. Off with his head.