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STOP HOMOPHOBIA IN SOUTH AFRICA
Dear Sir/ madam
Re: Promotion of Homophobia and hatred against homosexual citizens.
I wish to express my disgust and concern about the the fact that Pastor Peter Hougardt of Calvary H.O.P.E Ministries in Mitchells Plain yet again promoted homophobia and hate speech on his face book page as per (http://www.causes.com/actions/1746089-protest-against-religious-homophobia). His recent comment that "no healthy human being or government should accept homosexuals as normal, but in my opinion homosexuality equals to crime" is absolutely shocking and extremely offensive.
His statement "all homosexuals must know that being homosexual is a crime and our government should treat such sick practice and homosexuals must be prosecuted and jailed for their homosexual activity" is a transgression of the laws of SA. It is not only defamatory, but it is also hate speech."
Based on the following, I urge you to please act immediately:
Section 10 of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA) prohibits any person from publishing or communicating "words based on one or more of the prohibited grounds (including race), against any person, that could reasonably be construed to demonstrate a clear intention to (a) be hurtful; (b) be harmful or to incite harm; or (c) promote or propagate hatred."
This freedom is qualified in section 16(2) of the Constitution which states that freedom of expression "does not extend to propaganda for war; incitement of imminent violence; or advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm".