Naidoo in Moscow with Russian politician Elena Mizulina, a supporter of gay propaganda laws and accused of inciting hatred against LGBT people. (Pic: Facebook)
Pastor Errol Naidoo, South Africa’s Christian crusader against gay equality has spoken at an international “family” conference in Moscow, which has called for global “gay propaganda” laws.
The Large Families – the Future of Humanity International Forum was held last week at the Kremlin after the planned anti-gay World Congress of Families conference in the city was cancelled due to hostilities between Russia and the Ukraine.
Right Wing Watch reports, however, that the Large Families event appeared to very much be the same conference under a different name and was partly funded by Vladimir Yakunin, a state official and ally of President Putin.
The event aimed to “defend the way of life of large families and protect them from current challenges that threaten their well-being.”
The organisations and individuals from around the world that took part espouse anti-gay, anti-abortion and deeply conservative Christian social views.
Discussion topics at the conference included: How LGBT activists destroy values in the West, The role of mass media in strengthening the values of a traditional family, and Why traditional marriage must be protected.
On Thursday, the conference adopted and issued an outrageously homophobic resolution attacking gay and lesbian people around the world.
It warned that “certain countries are pursuing tenacious policies and an unprecedented propaganda campaign, all of which is leading to the ultimate destruction of the Natural Family…”
The delegates said that marriage between a man and a woman is vital to the “preservation of mankind” and that “all other kinds of sexual relationships or alliances intentionally that exclude the birth of children are meaningless for they are devoid of the notion set down in the very definition of the word ‘family.'”
The resolution frighteningly called for the “adoption of legislative bans on all types [of] propaganda concerning homosexual relationships in the environment of children and juveniles.”
The conference’s Moscow setting was particular apt. In June last year, President Putin signed a “gay propaganda” law which has been used to restrict media freedom and music concerts, to ban gay Pride events and protests and has led to an increase in discrimination and violence against LGBT people.
The resolution also attacked same-sex couples who plan to start a family by urging governments and leaders to “oppose the cynical utilisation of women as surrogate mothers in the interests of same-gender liaisons and alliances.”
The delegates further demanded that scientific research be supported “studying the negative social and psychological effects of raising children in same-gender couples.” To date almost all research in this field has shown that children raised by same-sex couples do the same or better than those raised by heterosexual couples.
Pastor Naidoo, who runs the so called Family Policy Institute in Cape Town, confirmed in his weekly newsletters that he and his wife were attending the conference to export their own unique brand of South African hate.
He was to deliver a talk about the South African experience of “Public Policy and the Demise of the Natural Family.”
Naidoo stated that, “since the advent of democracy in 1994, the natural family has disintegrated significantly” and bemoaned the fact that “the drafters of SA’s new democratic constitution missed an historic opportunity to include state protections for marriage and the natural family in the document.”
Naidoo has long been a thorn in the gay community’s side in South Africa. He’s lobbied against same-sex marriage and the Pink Loerie Festival in Knysna and slammed Cape Town city authorities for supporting the annual MCQP gay party.
In 2012, Naidoo was widely slated for cynically linking the “death culture” he said was perpetuated by gays and lesbians with the massacre of 34 protesting miners in Marikana.
“A culture war is currently raging in SA society,” stated the pastor last week, “Significantly, apathy and disunity in the Christian Church has emboldened atheist groups, sexual rights activists and other anti-family radicals in South Africa.”
“Somebody desperately needs to sound the alarm in the Christian Church in SA. The enemy is united, committed and well-resourced. And they have a cunning plan to control and dominate society,” he hysterically warned.