Please support this important initiative

Please support this important initiative

LAST week, in the Freethinker bulletin, I appealed to subscribers to help with a vitally important project: the production of a documentary that aims to expose the activities of Western evangelicals who are travelling mainly to African countries to encourage their governments either to enact draconian anti-gay legislation, or to strengthen existing discriminatory laws.

I am guessing that a number of people responded positively to that appeal, because I  learned today that more than more than half of the £800.00 needed has been raised.

Inspiration for the video follows the exposure of a Cambridgeshire evangelist, Paul Shinners, above, who travelled to Uganda in 2012 to urge local politicians and church leaders to support a proposed “Kill the Gays” Bill.

He asserted that “God would bless Uganda” for the Bill.

Shinners is the head of the UK registered charity –  Passion for Souls Ministries – and he runs a cafe/bookshop called the Cornerstone Cafe in St. Neots, Cambridgeshire.

He was quoted in a Ugandan newspaper as speaking in favour of the “Kill the Gays” Bill, but he denied this in a statement to the local paper and issued threats of legal action to anyone who tried to get clarification from him on what he said. He was consistently dishonest, and lied and issued threats to anyone who challenged him.

But thanks to the efforts of Daniel B Law, who has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the video, footage of Shinners’ hate message delivered to those attending a religious rally finally came to light.

Law points out:

He went to great lengths to eradicate any copies of what he said in Uganda. One individual was even attacked for trying to obtain a copy. Despite being told the recording had been deleted from all the data sources in Uganda, I eventually managed to track down a recording of Shinners through a contact in Uganda.

The video showed that the newspaper report was accurate and that Shinners had lied to try to cover his tracks and protect his business. This video shows the portion where he discusses the “Kill the Gays” Bill.

Law’s proposed video is not just about Shinners. He says that Western Evangelicals, who have been losing their war against homosexuals in the their own countries, have turned to Africa and have funneled millions into training African pastors, particularly in Uganda, to preach against homosexuality and spread baseless propaganda to the masses.

Law hopes his documentary will prove a useful resource for those who wish to halt the export of homophobia to African countries, and to places like Jamaica.

Last year, for example, anti-gay evangelicals from the US and the UK urged Jamaican Christian conservatives to resist repealing the country’s buggery law by arguing that homosexuality is a choice and connected to paedophilia.


Among those who addressed a conference organised by the Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society and the Christian Lawyers’ Association in Kingston, was Andrea Minichiello Williams, above, founder of the UK’s Christian Concern.

Addressing the Kingston conference, she said Jamaica had the opportunity to become a world leader by fending off foreign pressure to decriminalise same-sex intercourse. She warned that removal of Britain’s sodomy law was the start of a process that has led to more and more permissive laws, including equalising the age of consent laws for homosexual and heterosexual intercourse.

Once you strip away all this stuff, what you get is no age consent … nobody ever enforces that law anymore. We already have a strong man-boy movement that’s moving in Europe.

Might it be that Jamaica says to the United States of America, says to Europe, ‘Enough! You cannot come in and attack our families. We will not accept aid or promotion tied to an agenda that is against God and destroys our families,’” she said, adding to applause, “If you win here, you will have an impact in the Caribbean and an impact across the globe.

They hate the line of homosexuality being linked to paedophilia. They try to cut that off, so you can’t speak about it. So I say to you in Jamaica: Speak about it. Speak about it.

8 responses to “Please support this important initiative”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    ‘They hate the line of homosexuality being linked to paedophilia. They try to cut that off, so you can’t speak about it. So I say to you in Jamaica: Speak about it. Speak about it.’

    Deranged idiot that she is, perhaps Andrea Minichiello Williams might want to tread carefully with that approach. Hasn’t there been something in the press in recent times about catholic priests and paedophilia?

  2. barriejohn says:

    Does it not occur to them that rationality and liberalism reign where the population is educated and more sophisticated, and bigotry and superstition where the people tend to be ignorant and uncultured? As intelligent people does this not embarrass them, as it did me when I was a Christian!

  3. barriejohn says:

    PS Has the Shinnerman made any attempt at responding to the questions raised by yourself and others, Barry? I see that his website hasn’t been updated for some time:

  4. barriejohn says:

    Oops – here’s another one:

    (Still needs updating)

  5. barriejohn says:

    Here’s a thought: I have just read on BBC News that West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak face collapse if something is not done soon. Where, then, are all those evangelists and teachers with their God-given powers? Surely they’re not scared of picking up the illness themselves? After all, Reinhard Bonnke has been telling everybody that he has raised the dead in Nigeria, so a silly little virus must present no problem at all:

    An angel took him to show him Paradise. He showed him the mansions that are waiting for the saints. And he showed him hell. He saw the people in hell. He said one shouted to him, ‘I was a pastor and I stole money. Help me to return the money.’ He said it was so frightening to him that the angel turned to him and said, ‘The prayer of the rich man in Luke 16 will now be fulfilled, and you will be sent back to earth as a last warning to this generation.’

    He said it was so horrible. He came back and said, ‘Heaven is real. Hell is real. Become serious with God. You need to be saved by the blood of Jesus Christ and live a holy life.’

    (Pat Robertson again!)

  6. Matt Westwood says:

    “what you get is no age consent … nobody ever enforces that law anymore.”

    Well actually they very much do.

  7. Angela_K says:

    With my donation the fund has just passed the £500 mark, only another £300 to go.

    Have you tried getting this appeal over at Pink News?