Pressure is mounting on the government to deny a visa to homophobic, witch-hunting Pastor Enoch Adeboye, who is about to embark on a tour of the Asia Pacific region, including Australia , with the imminent launch of a petition and the start of a Facebook page.
Grandiose Megachurch & Private Jet
Even in his home country Nigeria, his church is accused of being “already neck-deep in corruption and vanity” and the pastor of “fraternizing with corrupt political leaders” and “of exploiting the poor”.
Adeboye is trying to amass ten billion naira – around $65 million Australian – allegedly to build a 3km x 3km auditorium for 1 million people to hear him preach. He also wants money to pay for his private jet. These expensive ambitions – emulating US televangelists – are a major reason behind his proposed tour of the Asia Pacific.
Adeboye is one of the evangelical pastors from Nigeria who promote the existence of witches and wizards, resulting in the torture and death of young children and others in Nigeria, Africa and even in Europe : a recent case being the horrific torture and death of a teenager in London by the boy’s own relatives.
In the last four days of his life the 15 year old was starved, deprived of water and sleep, punched and kicked repeatedly, floor tiles smashed over his head, teeth were hit out with a hammer and pliers were used to twist his ear. And all because they believed the boy was a witch.
Accusations of witchcraft are part of growing pattern of child abuse in UK. An average of eight children a year in Greater London are victims of abuse based on witchcraft-style exorcisms, and this is just the cases reported to the police.
Debbie Ariyo, executive director of Africans Unite Against Child Abuse … says the boom in pentecostal churches is leading to more children being accused of witchcraft.
“It is spreading like bushfire because it is a source of income. If you can charge £500 for an oil that is going to ‘cure’ a child of evil spirits, you are going to make money.”
Whilst Adeboye’s primary aim may be to exert power over his congregation and to extort money from relatives for cures, many people take the matter into their own hands.
We cannot risk such a ‘church’ gaining a foothold here in Australia. His preaching will increase the likelihood of people in one segment of the Australian community being accused of witchcraft and therefore increase the chance of their torture and death – even if they are only children.
And one can hardly contemplate the effect his preaching may have in a country like Papua New Guinea – another destination on his tour – where there is already a strong belief in witchcraft and regular reports of horrific torture and murder of suspected witches.
Check out the following links for more about Adeboye..
- Australia’s ABC Four Corners – “Saving Africa’s Witch Children”
- Witches for Christ
- Sermon by Adeboye
- Witch hunting of members of his own church
LGBTI people are also in his sights. Nigeria is already one of the most homophobic places on earth, with almost all (97%) opposed to gay rights.
This hasn’t stopped Adeboye from campaigning from the pulpit for the President to sign the anti-gay law passed by both houses of Parliament earlier this year.
Condemned by the UN, and the US ambassador, the law would jail all LBGTI people and their allies: public display of same sex affection would be punishable by ten years jail; gay marriage by up to 14 years in prison.
Adeboye’s preaching increases the danger to anyone who is seen as being ‘pro-gay’, making journalists afraid to report the truth. He wants to outlaw organizations that provide services for gay people, including HIV/AIDS clinics.
- He exploits fear amongst the ignorant.
- He makes the poor poorer.
- He facilitates witch-hunting
- He increases the danger to anyone LGTBI and anyone who is even seen as being ‘pro-gay’.
- The U.S. ambassador to Nigeria has diplomatically said that what Enoch Adeboye is campaigning for is not in line with international human rights laws.
This is yet another Nigerian scam. This spreading of fear, bigotry, hatred and deadly superstitious beliefs amongst susceptible victims can only be stopped by keeping Enoch Adeboye away from potential victims.
Thanks to Andrew Rawlings (Progressive Atheists), Jaye Christie (Humanist Society Perth), Mal Vickers , Alice Jedi and others, who are organising the resistance to the pastor’s visit.