A South African Christian Pastor is suggesting that the LGBTQ community has brought the coronavirus down upon the world.
Cape Town preacher Oscar Bougardt, who is facing possible jail time because of a 2018 hate speech conviction, claimed that God is punishing an immoral world through the pandemic in a series of Facebook posts ahead of that country’s 21-day lockdown.
“In my opinion, this pestilence called Covid 19 aka Caronavirus is the wrath of God upon this wicked world,” wrote Bougardt on Facebook.
“Our governments are wicked, disturbing Gods order by allowing and legalizing same-sex marriages, and homosexuality than we think God are happy with us.
“Well while we at it, going into a 21 day lockdown see how many same-sex couple will be able to procreate and how many heterosexual couples will come out expecting babies.
“A big zero to same-sex couples, they cannot procreate even if the government put them in 21-day lockdown, they are disturbing the order of God.”
Bougardt is not alone in his views, in Ghana, the Muslim Mission lashed out against LGBTQ people in a statement issued on the country’s national day of prayer and fasting for Allah’s intervention against the coronavirus.
“It is important for us to acknowledge our sins against the world especially the most abominable acts such as homosexuality, lesbianism, transgender, destruction of water bodies and forests,” said the mission’s Chairman, Sheikh Dr Amin Bonsu.
These views may or may not be shared by two other well-known homophobic religious leaders in South Africa: Both pastor Angus Buchan and African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) leader, Reverend Kenneth Meshoe are reported to be infected with Covid-19.