Hate preacher dies in Bahama plane crash
Just weeks after he was accused of endangering the lives of gay Bahamians with his fiery anti-LGBT rhetoric, the leader of the Bahamas Faith Ministries, Pastor Myles Munroe, perished in a plane crash on Sunday.
According to this report, the private jet carrying Monroe, his wife, Ruth, and deputy, Richard Pinder and his family hit a shipyard construction crane as it flew into Grand Bahama International Airport. All nine people on board died.
Munroe was on his way to host a church conference the Global Leadership Forum in Freeport.
At the beginning of September, Monroe drew fire from human rights activist Erin Greene after his verbal attack on the LGBT community. She described a statement he issued as a “hate speech” that may incite violence against law-abiding citizens who are gay or transgender.
Greene said that that Monroe had, with his fierce condemnation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, created an environment where Bahamians no longer feel safe.
I believe that his speech should be appropriately called a hate speech. It encourages a community with strong Christian values to believe that they have a moral duty to not only ensure LGBT citizens do not have equal and equitable access to rights, protections and justice under the law, but it can also encourage them to believe that they have a duty to annihilate the community.
She was responding to Dr Munroe’s six-page press statement which criticised a gay pride celebration in Grand Bahama.
Munroe referred to the event as:
A massive deception … dismantling the very core of the natural existence of humanity.
She was not the only one to hit out at Munroe. Human rights activist and entertainer Terneille Burrows also questioned the priorities of religious leaders in the Bahamas who constantly lambast gays.
Burrows said in a press statement that she is a member of the LGBT community and encouraged Dr Munroe to redirect his efforts toward launching a far-reaching campaign strategy with a view to eradicating the abuse of minors in the country instead of promoting viewpoints related to the private lives of law-abiding adults.
She highlighted Munroe’s admission that:
I am afraid of any lifestyle, orientation, preference or behaviour that threatens that very survival of the human race.
On her blog, Burrows said:
There is no need to be afraid, Dr Munroe. The world is presently at a greater risk of becoming overpopulated rather than under. Those that choose to be celibate, undergo sterilisation, use contraceptives or cannot conceive naturally are also ‘abnormal’, but should not be blamed for the feared extinction of the human race.
I also guarantee that many of your faithful congregants, international counterparts, family, friends and yes, other high profile ‘men of the cloth’, whether known to you or not, have varying sexual practices or preferences they hold privately that you and ‘the church’ would disapprove of.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn