Church leaders oppose the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill

A group of church leaders in Durban say they will go to court to oppose the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill.

The spokesperson for the Ministerial Leaders for Christian Rights, Pastor Lazarus Pillay, says not enough time has been given for the church to consult about the Bill.

He says the Bill "prejudices and penalises the church because of its broadness in nature."

If you look at Section 4 of the Bill it intimidates Christians, particularly in the broadness of its structure, it demeans the Christian way of life especially reflecting on the bible which objects to homosexuality, polygamy, pornography and the likes.

Pastor Lazarus Pillay, Spokesperson for Ministerial Leaders for Christian Rights

The church has the right to speak out against it because it picks up on the moral fibre of society.

Pastor Lazarus Pillay, Spokesperson for Ministerial Leaders for Christian Rights

The Constitution allows the church to have freedom of religion.

Pastor Lazarus Pillay, Spokesperson for Ministerial Leaders for Christian Rights

He says the church has the bible as its constitution.

To hear pastor Pillay's views, listen below:

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