This involves the American preacher Steven Anderson who said some pretty nasty things after the nightclub shooting in Orlando. He’s been stopped from visiting South Africa. South Africa can certainly bar him from their soil without my permission. This essay show how far folks will go on the subject of “hate speech.”
For a change I am proud to be a South African, because the ANC regime, well known for committing own goals has got this one right, by banning bigot and homophobic Pastor Anderson from spewing forth his primitive convictions in person.
[Sometimes folks in English speaking countries disagree on grammar. I assume that first sentence makes sense to South Africans. – Dave]-snip-
Religious freedom and free speech should only be allowed if it produces consequences that engender love, peace and upliftment. Pastor “know it all” not only bashed gays with hate speech he also insulted Desmond Tutu and others as well. Jolly good show Gigaba, we don’t need more hypocrites in this country creating chaos and spreading hatred as we already have enough of those in the ANC.
People are of course entitled to believe whatever they want, but soon as they affect the world around them with obsolete, irrelevant ideas sourced from a, pre Newton, pre Copernicus, pre Darwin, pre Space age, book, one, must draw the line and bring them to task.
“Religious freedom and free speech should only be allowed if it produces consequences that engender love, peace and upliftment.”
“…but soon as they affect the world around them…”
If that’s the standard, then freedom is on life support in South Africa. Especially religious freedom. I know a lot of Americans who would agree with the author’s statements — and usher in a new Dark Ages.
For the record, hate is terrible. Hate speech is terrible. But when people start to choose what others will get to say, hear or read…this is dangerous ground.