Stop Witch Hunting & Homophobic Evangelical Tour of Australia

To: 1. Federal Minister for Immigration, 2. Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection and 3. Australian High Commission in Pretoria.

Stop Witch Hunting & Homophobic Evangelical Tour of Australia
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We urge the Commonwealth of Australia to withhold or cancel any visa granted to Enoch Adeboye of Nigeria as a matter of urgency. 

Mr Adeboye has already clearly demonstrated vilification towards segments of the LGBT community and others whom he identifies as witches.  

There is a significant risk that, while in Australia, he will vilify and incite discord in the Australian community, or in a segment of our community.
     
Furthermore, his preaching espouses beliefs that represent a danger to a segment of the Australian community and that have resulted in torture and death in other countries.
 
In accordance with Fact Sheet 79 - The Character Requirement:

http://www.immi.gov.au/media/fact-sheets/79character.htm

"A person will not pass the character test where ... there is a significant risk that the person will ... vilify a segment of the Australian community, or incite discord in the Australian community or in a segment of that community, or represent a danger to the Australian community or a segment of that community."

Supporting Evidence:
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You can view all the related articles on our website:

http://progressiveatheists.org/campaigns/evangelical-tour-of-australia-pacific/

Witch Killings:
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Ref. #1, Ref. #2, Ref. #3, Ref. #4, Ref. #5, Ref. #6 and Ref.#12

Anti-Homosexuals:
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Ref.#7,Ref. #8 and Ref.#9 

Exploiting the Poor and getting Rich:
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Ref. #10 and Ref. #11

Why is this important?

This petition is an important part of the campaign to keep the evangelical preacher, Enoch Adeboye, out of Australia. This spreading of fear, bigotry, hatred and potentially deadly superstitious beliefs amongst susceptible Australians can only be stopped by denying Enoch Adeboye entry into the country.

Enoch Abeboye has already found followers in Australia who are swayed by his preaching. He has 6 branches in Australia already and seems intent on expansion. We need to halt his intentions to elicit superstitious fear and exploit susceptible Australians
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Witch Killings:

Enoch Adeboye is an evangelical pastor from Nigeria who promotes the existence of witches and wizards, resulting in the torture and death of young children and others in Nigeria, the wider African continent, and has also spread into Europe. (See Ref#1)

On Christmas Day, 2010, 15-year-old Kristy Bamu was found by paramedics in the bathroom of an East London high-rise flat. His body had been mutilated, teeth were missing, and he was covered in deep cuts and bruising.
He had been starved and deprived of water and sleep, punched and kicked repeatedly, floor tiles smashed over his head, his teeth knocked out with a hammer, and a pair of pliers had been used to twist his ear.
In the last four days of his life, he had suffered acts of unspeakable savagery, viciously inflicted upon him by a man he called "uncle" and one of his own sisters. 

Why?

Because Eric Bikubi and Magalie Bamu, the boy’s family members, were convinced that he was a “witch”.  Debbie Ariyo, executive director of Africans Unite Against Child Abuse ... explains that a boom in Pentecostal churches was leading to more children being accused of witchcraft.

An average of eight children a year in Greater London are victims of abuse based on witchcraft-style exorcisms, but this only reflects cases resulting in police investigations. 
According to UK Church Statistics, 670 Pentecostal churches opened between 2005 and 2010, taking the total to 3,900 - that figure is expected to rise to 4,600 by 2015. As a result, Ariyo fears that "witch-branding" will increase. 

"It is spreading like bushfire because it is a source of income," says Ariyo.
"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.
His preaching will increase the likelihood of people in a segment of the Australian community being accused of witchcraft by radical evangelicals. Subsequently, this will increase the chance of acts of torture and murder being committed like the case in the UK, referred to above.

If torture and murder are the result of this sort of evangelical preaching in a developed Western nation like England, then there is every reason to expect heinous acts to be committed here if the Australian government grants access to this man known for hate-mongering, acts of evil and causing great harm to others.  (See Ref#2,3,4,5,6 and 12)

Anti- Homosexuals:

Adeboye is currently campaigning, from the pulpit, for a proposed Nigerian law making Same Sex Marriage an offence punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
Additionally, he is increasing the danger to anyone seen as being ‘pro-gay’, potentially causing journalists to be too afraid to report the truth.
In effect (if not intentionally) Adeboyes campaigning will essentially lead to the outlawing of organizations that provide services for gay people, including HIV/AIDS clinics.

The Nigerian anti-gay law has already been passed by both Houses of Parliament. In addition to criminalising Same Sex Marriage, it also punishes public displays of same sex affection by up to ten years jail.  The bill is only awaiting the President's signature to become law.

The U.S. ambassador to Nigeria has said that Enoch Adeboye is not in line with international human rights laws. 

There are serious concerns in the Australian community that some of Adeboye’s ignorant, vulnerable congregation will interpret what he is saying ("Same-sex marriage is an anathema to the will of God") to mean that it is ‘god's will’ for them to rid the world of homosexuals.   (See Ref#7,8 and 9)

Exploiting the Poor and getting Rich:
	
Adeboye aims to raise 10 billion naira ( approx. AUD$65 million) to build a 3km x 3km auditorium for 1 million so that huge numbers can hear him preach.

This will be one of the uses to which he will put money raised by his churches in Australia - subsidised by the Australian taxpayer.

Even in Nigeria, his church has been accused of being "already neck-deep in corruption and vanity" and Adeboye of "fraternizing with corrupt political leaders" and "of exploiting the poor".   (See Ref# 10 and 11)
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Reasons for signing

  • Paul M. 2014-04-06 11:25:26 +1000
    I have a RCCG church oppo site my home .I have been threatened with violence when complaining about excessive noise.
  • Dominic V. 2014-01-11 16:20:27 +1100
    International Preachers wishing to visit Australia to preach need to be sent a clear message that while Australia is generaly a tolerant society, there is no place here for this kind of hatred and ignorance.
  • Jake S. 2014-01-06 19:05:40 +1100
    This country has become bigoted enough without people actively spreading a message of hate.

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