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Hate speech charge laid against local gospel singer over homophobic comments

2015-06-02 11:56

Cape Town – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is investigating a charge of hate speech against an Afrikaans gospel singer over alleged homophobic comments made on Facebook, reports Netwerk24.

Suné Botha made the following comment on her Facebook page last Sunday: "Can’t believe Ireland has now legalised same sex marriage…how sick, and how outside God’s will!!!!! Like in the days of Lot, I personally believe if God doesn’t punish them he will one day explain to Sodom why he destroyed the cities…. The King is comming! !!!! (sic)"

She believes legislation "breaks God’s heart" and that it is "Satan’s way to rebel against God".

"The thing is we don’t judge there is a right and a wrong…then you should also not say someone is a murderer or thief, or rapist, or drunk…then you judge, God clearly says in Romans 1 that even those who approve same sex marriage deserves death, which refers to hell, that’s why I am very careful to show my support at all…I mean what will God one day judge if everything is ok????" Botha wrote.

Among her supporters on Facebook is Pastor Willem Franck, head pastor at the Nikos congregation in Akasia in Pretoria.

"Human rights rebel against the will of God because they are in the grip of evil. Christians that want to obey human rights above the word of God don’t realise that fornicating with the world is animosity against God and that it can cost them their salvation (sic)."

According to MamboOnline, freelancer and columnist Thorne Godinho laid the complaint against Botha with the SAHRC.

"Suné Botha suggested that homosexuality is sick and I find that deplorable.

"Young lesbian-, gay-, bisexual, transgender – and intersex people often get forced to live in houses and communities where the unscientific opinion about gay identity is pervasive.

"Suné's comments reaffirm this stupid view," Godinho said.

HRC spokersperson Isaac Mangena confirmed that a charge has been laid. The HRC is assessing the charge with the eye on an investigation.

Botha couldn’t be reached for comment on Monday.

She did however write the following on her Facebook page on Monday morning: "My bible say no weapon formed against me shall prosper!!!...glory to Jesus Christ!!!! The protector of Israel neither slumber nor sleepeth! !!!!! (sic)"

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