Stop anti-gay Preacher Rev. Simon Peter Emiau From preaching at St James.
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A Pentecostal reverend who called homosexuals evil is to speak at St James Church, Gerrards Cross in Buckinghamshire.
A controversial preacher, who played a very important role in laying the grounds for the American homophobic Evangelical Preachers such as Lou Engles and Scott Lively to come to Uganda, has been invited to speak at St James Church on the 23 March 2015.
Rev. Simon Peter Emiau is the General Superintendent of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) in Uganda.
In 2001, Emiau complained of homosexuals ‘invading’ Mbale District. He said that a man who graduated from Makerere University the previous year reportedly "took his white male spouse for a marriage ceremony in Mbale, and flew out of the country thereafter". "Our cities have become like the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. There is a lot of immorality and homosexuals increasing in number even in our town, Mbale," he said.
He urgued the government and the people to fight the ‘vice’ before it was too late to control.
In 2010, Archbishop Simon Peter and co, Organised a crusade at Makerere University Grounds where more than 1,300 came to hear from Anti-Gay Preacher Lou Engle. Engle called homosexuality a "spirit of lawlessness" and called for "martyrs" to become "God's Avengers of Blood" to stop the "homosexual agenda" at all cost.
He to (Engle) called upon the government of Uganda to be firm and hold on its righteous stand against the evil. He mentioned that homosexuals have penetrated the education system and Ugandans must be aware of the evil.
The crusade caused incalculable damage as it labelled homosexuality as ‘a vice’ and incited people to fight against it.
It is argued that Rev Emiau, with his Co preachers, did a lot of campaigning and lobbying to the president and MP’s and did a lot of campaigning on radio and in church to see that the anti-gay law was passed.
On 24 February 2014, President Museveni signed the bill into law, toughening penalties for gay people. It included life sentences for gay sex and same-sex marriage.
Soon after the Bill was signed Rev Simon Peter Emiau, Pastor Ssempa and other religious leaders held a party in Uganda cheering the new law and exalting the lawmakers and President Museveni who ensured its full enactment
Rev. Simon Peter Emiau went on under the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU), (an umbrella organization of the country’s major denominations) and other groups that had supported the bill (which punishes homosexuality with up to life in prison and essentially bans LGBT advocacy] to organise a march and an event to celebrate the passing of the anti-gay law. The event was named, the “National Thanksgiving Service Celebrating the Passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill,” and the Guest of Honour was President Museveni.
While speaking at the event, Rev Simon Peter Emiau, representing three organizations of evangelical churches, compared Museveni’s stand for the Anti-Homosexuality Act to his “courage” in overthrowing the regimes that preceded him in power. “Your excellency demonstrated yet courage by signing this bill,” Emiau said
And Quoting David Bahati (the Lawmaker who Sponsored the bill)
"Today, we come here again [to celebrate] sovereignty and freedom … [and] to take charge of our destiny. ~ Bahati."
Rev. Simon Peter Emiau knows that his actions caused many LGBTI people to go underground or into exile to escape the brutal impact of the new law that provides 14 years to life in prison for same-sex relations as well as criminalising the called “promotion” of homosexuality, which has immobilized the NGO’s and human rights defenders, including HIV/AIDS services to LGBTI people.
Commenting on Rev. Simon Peter’s invitation to preach at St James Church in the UK, a gay man from Uganda (Isaac Kawesi) stated that, “this is totally an insult to the LGBTI community. I left Uganda because of people like Rev. Simon Peter who made my life a living hell. We will do whatever it takes to stop this man from preaching in England and if our effort fails, we are ready to hold a demo to show him and St James Church how unhappy we are”.
In all fairness, therefore, for a person like Rev. Simon Emiau, who is homophobic to the extent that he does not recognise the human rights of LGBTI persons, and instead subscribes to the state of anarchy not only in Uganda but the entire world where homosexuality is practised, does not deserve to be given platform in a country that plays a major role as a frontrunner and custodian of modern democracy, and where people from homophobic countries like Uganda have been given sanctuary for their safety.
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