The Rev Oscar Peter Bougardt
A Cape Town pastor has called gays and lesbians drug addicts and child molesters and said that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will burn in hell for supporting the LGBT community.
The Rev Oscar Peter Bougardt, a Christian Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and senior pastor at Calvary H.O.P.E Ministries in Mitchells Plain, launched his extraordinary tirade against gay and lesbian people in unsolicited e-mails to local LGBT websites.
In the shocking and badly-written e-mails, Bougardt said that his “mission is to take out all lesbians and gays because they are a bunch of idiots who confuse our children”.
The pastor also said that “their lifestyle is an abomination to God and that gays and lesbians should know that they are going to burn in hell”.
He ranted that the “majority of them are drug addicts, and they offer our teenagers and children drugs and alcohol and once they are drugged and drunk they are seduced and end up having sexual relation with them”.
Bougardt also claimed that gay men are increasingly seducing apparently hapless straight men away from their heterosexual families and wives, insisting that this “is not a rare phenomenon”.
“Lesbians and gays are a curse on any community. I believe that a man that sleeps with another man doesn’t deserve to be part of a healthy community and I will mobilise the masses to stop them,” said the pastor.
When contacted by Mambaonline, Bougardt was unrepentant. We asked if he was not concerned that his comments could incite violence against gays and lesbians but he denied that this was his intention.
“If I say take out homosexuals, I mean they must be removed from our communities…You interpret that I am inciting violence against homosexuals, I see it is making our people aware that their lifestyles should not be approved by any healthy community. Just as homosexuals have the right to express their views, I have the right to express mine,” he said.
Mambaonline asked Bougardt if he had any kind of academic, official or scientific support for his claims that most gay people are drug addicts and engage in raping children and seducing heterosexual married men.
“Where I stay you don’t need academic, government or scientific statistics,” he said, adding that “homosexuality is spreading faster than HIV and AIDS”.
Mambaonline also asked how he could be so sure of God’s views on homosexuality when other Christian leaders, such as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, held a contrary opinion, to which Bougardt replied:
“Desmond Tutu will burn in hell for misleading homosexuals and for saying God don’t have a problem with them. I don’t care what Desmond Tutu have to say, nowhere in the Bible are we told to expect homosexuals. The Bible teaches they are an abomination to God.”
In his e-mail to Mambaonline, Bougardt attached a picture of himself “so that you and all your readers know how I look, and to give you the assurance I don’t care how you or your readers feel about me”.