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Two more homophobic churches for South Africa!

Last year, I disagreed with Malusi Gigaba’s decision to bar the homophobic preacher Steven Anderson from entering the country. One of the arguments I made was that it’s good to be able to identify and expose bigots like him and his supporters, and that we can use occasions like this to demonstrate the weakness of their positions.

And now that the “unapologetically anti-gay” Reverend Oscar Bougardt is teaming up with Anderson to open two churches in Cape Town, we have another opportunity to highlight just how unreasonable their positions are, and to appeal to all good people – whether religious or not – to protest this bigotry and mendacity wherever they can.

Bougardt asked News24

Why should we be tolerant of their criminal lifestyle? Ninety-nine percent of paedophiles stem from homosexuality.

I’m saying so because it is proven that 99% of the paedophiles have a homosexual background. They are blaming their previous lifestyle on what happened. Go and read up on it.

This is a complete fabrication, as well as a perversion of what paedophilia means. Paedophiles are not (yet) criminals, and might never end up committing a criminal act at all. Before we even get to his homophobia, we can ask Bougardt whether he’s considered the possibility that his attitude here might in fact be counterproductive to the goal of protecting children from abuse, as I argue in the link above.

As for the fabrication bit, there’s no reliable scientific data indicating what he claims. Studies on this suffer from some very serious and common flaws, making it impossible to assert such a bold conclusion with any degree of confidence.

First, all the data is from self-reporting, and typically can’t be verified. Second, all the data is from people who are already known to be child abusers – we have no data from people who have not been so identified, making the sample even more skewed.

Third, it’s a mistake to assume that adult male molesters of male children are homosexual at all. If you read the National Research Council’s “Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect“, you’ll see that most adult male molesters of male children have no attraction to adult males.

They’re not homosexual, but simply people who abuse the vulnerable people they happen to have access to – in this case, male children.

He said he made a point of keeping children away from homosexual people, believing that children were being exposed to grave danger by standing in the same room.

Given that we’ve now established that Bougardt has a very tenuous understanding of data and scientific reasoning, perhaps I should point out that to date, we’ve found no evidence that homosexuality is contagious.

Reverent Bougardt, while I’m not a Christian, neither are you. You, Anderson, and all your followers are spreading hate and confusion, and making people suffer as a result of it.

By Jacques Rousseau

Jacques Rousseau teaches critical thinking and ethics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and is the founder and director of the Free Society Institute, a non-profit organisation promoting secular humanism and scientific reasoning.

5 replies on “Two more homophobic churches for South Africa!”

99% of the paedophiles have a homosexual background does not make sense to me at all.

I am homosexual and unfortunately also a convicted pedophile. When I was released from prison I had to attend a special group for therapy. Most of the men in the group were STRAIGHT! Pedophiles come from ALL walks of life

I know many gay men and most of them hate sexual abuse of children.

I regret what I have done in the past. Today I manage my life and have nothing to do with children. I have learnt of the emotional damage that is done to victims as they grow into adulthood. I do not want to see any more victims.

If I didn’t mention that I have already been convicted and served a sentence for my crime, people would be reporting me to the police…..

I got that. My point was simply that paedophilia is an attraction, not at action. It’s not something that one can be convicted of (even if some legal jurisdictions might sentence people for it. They’re wrong – the crime is something else, namely the act of acting on that philia, rather than having the philia).

Unfortunately there is enough misunderstanding of the term to get you into trouble My “therapist” maintained that a pedophile was a person who acted out their attractions. I am determined not to re-offend, but just in case I stay away from young boys

BTW my original arrest was on false charges. Somebody just has to point a finger at you and you are arrested immediately A major problem then is that you have to go about proving your innocence, and that has to be done from prison.. Two of the false charges were sodomy Fortunately the District Surgeon found that negative, otherwise I would have taken the blame..

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