Christian Action has been involved in a whole series of pro-family events and actions in order to counter the relentless attack of the homosexual lobby against the family.
The Paganisation of South Africa
The ANC has been railroading through Parliament the legalisation of homosexual “marriages” in South Africa . The betrayal of this country into the hands of Marxist mass murderers has led to the paganisation of this once strongly Christian nation. Once babies were protected from abortion, all foul language, sex scenes and blasphemy were censored out of Hollywood films before they could be shown in our country, Sundays were honoured with no commercial activity or cinemas open, in honour of the Lord’s Day, schools started with Bible reading, hymn singing and prayer in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. But, today, we have legalised gambling, legalised prostitution, legalised abortion, and now even legalised homosexual “marriages.”
Five years ago, Africa Christian Action published the landmark book: The Pink Agenda – Sexual Revolution and the Ruin of the Family in South Africa. Even before the book had been published, it was being denounced by radical homosexual groups as: “The worst homophobic hate speech ever written!” And they were calling for its banning. However, author Christine McCafferty’s impeccable research, with over 400 footnotes and documentation drawn from over 80 different sources, has now been fully vindicated. Everything that Africa Christian Action warned about in The Pink Agenda has been shown to be a clear and present danger to the family, churches and civilisation itself.
The homosexualists own writings make it abundantly clear that, as part of a vast social engineering project, the pink agenda will not settle for the deviant being declared normal. They insist that the normal must be declared deviant. The stated goal of radical homosexualists is to force all of society – beginning in primary schools - to conform to sexual deviancy.
The Battle for the Family
The gay agenda strategy has been to first pose as “victims of discrimination”, but once their special rights have been achieved, their goal is to move away from the defensive “victim” argument to an offensive “social constructivism” role that attacks the traditional family and attempts to redefine the basic building block of society. By demanding government funding and public sanction of homosexuality, homosexualists are forcing their beliefs on all of society. Even more than this, they are trying to win unrestricted access to schools to promote their perverse behaviour.
Even more than wanting taxpayer funding for their propaganda and recruitment campaigns in schools, the homosexualists want to redefine the social institution of marriage itself. All the major religions in South Africa , including Christianity, Islam and Judaism teach that homosexuality is a perversion. Every religious and ethnic group in South Africa accepts that marriage should be a life long commitment between a man and a woman.
Ignoring the Electorate
Even though well over 90% of the thousands of submissions made to Parliament were overwhelmingly against this perversion of the basic building block of society, the ruling ANC government has arrogantly ignored the strong convictions of the vast majority of the electorate and forced all their members to vote the party line, no conscience vote allowed.
Mobilising for Marriage
By God’s grace, thousands of South African Christians mobilised and marched against this blatant defiance of God’s Law. On 16 September, Africa Christian Action, along with thousands of other Christians, united under the banner of the Marriage Alliance, marched for marriage. Christians protested the radical homosexual agenda to redefine marriage and legalise so-called homosexual “marriages” with marches in Cape Town , Durban , Johannesburg , Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth . In Cape Town , over three thousand Christians marched to Parliament and handed over a Memorandum to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Portfolio Committee. The Marriage Alliance is made up of about 100 Christian denominations and organisations, representing over 20 million Christians.
The National Co-ordinator of the Christian Action Network, Taryn Hodgson, went to Parliament to present a written and oral submission at the public hearings concerning this Bill. Later, on 23 November, I joined Taryn to present the Christian Action Network’s objections to the Civil Unions Bill at the Select Committee on Social Services of the National Council of Provinces (the old Senate) at Parliament.
Misleading the Masses
We testified that marriage is the basic building block of society. It provides stability, nurture, training and protection for the next generation. That is why marriage has always been protected in law. Any undermining of this foundational institution will have disastrous and far-reaching implications for civilisation. We witnessed firsthand the absolute contempt which ANC members of Parliament hold for God, His Law, the Bible and even the voters. They chuckled when we pointed out that the vast majority of voters opposed this Bill and challenged them to hold a Referendum on the issue. “We don’t need to follow the electorate, we must lead the masses – in a creative way!” declared one of the ANC members in the National Council of Provinces when I challenged him.
A Preference for Paganism
Although the Parliamentarians listened respectfully, and with obvious agreement and nodding of heads, to the pagan archpriestess Donna Vos of the Circle of the African Moon, they reacted with great hostility to the Christian presentations opposing the Bill.
A Pagan Perspective
Archpriestess Donna ‘Dark Wolf’ testified that “the pagans, who represent the oldest religion in the world, that of the Ancient Greeks, Romans and Druids, whole-heartedly support same-sex marriages and the Civil Union Bill/Act.” She asserted that, as people fall in love with a soul, it is irrelevant what body, gender or parts thereof their partners had. She asserted: “True democracy must respect all religions, including paganism.” The pagan presentation claimed that it was “unthinkable that Christianity should continue to manipulate legislation” as Christianity was the “new religion”, paganism as “the oldest religion” should have pre-eminence. “We are bound by nature, trees, plants, hills… not by the Bible or by the Christian God.”
Hostility to Christianity
While the Parliamentarians seemed very happy to accept the pagan presentation, they vitriolicly attacked the Christian presentations and representatives. I heard ANC members of Parliament say in response to our presentation: “We don’t believe in your God. We don’t live by the Bible or by the Christian God. It’s no good quoting to us what Paul or Isaiah said. We don’t believe in your Paul or Isaiah.” Another Parliamentarian claimed that he had been raised as “a strong Christian” but that he would not impose his own religious views on his children. They had not been baptised and he does not allow his religious views to interfere with his politics! “We leave the Bible in church, here in Parliament, the Constitution is supreme!”
One ANC member declared: “The Bible was used to justify Apartheid, so we cannot use the Bible to stop homosexuals from getting married.”
What Do Children Have to Do with Marriage?
“Is it right for you Christians to impose your morals on everyone else? Do you expect us to defy the Constitutional Court ?” Another ANC member berated us: “Why drag children into this Bill? What do children have to do with marriage? This Bill says nothing about children. We are only talking about a union between two people. If children result or are adopted that is another matter. It is not an issue in this Bill. So why are you talking about the children? What do children have to do about marriage?”
When, after these and many other points were raised in objection, challenging us, we were finally allowed to respond, I said that children have everything to do with marriage. Every one of us is the product of a male and female, father and mother - a family. One of the primary purposes of marriage is the procreation of children. It doesn’t matter what we call it, or how much social engineering legislation is passed, homosexual couples cannot produce children. They are barren. Homosexual unions are against the Law of God, and the laws of nature.
Victims of Atheism
If some Christians have abused the Bible to justify evil, that does not vindicate those who use Atheism, evolutionism, and situation ethics to justify killing babies by abortion, exploiting women made in the image of God for the industry of pornography, or using our schools as recruitment centres for homosexual perverts. As the members had claimed that thousands had been killed in the name of Christianity, we need to remind the house of the tens of millions, in fact hundreds of millions, of people who have been killed in the name of Secular Humanism and Atheism – such as in Stalin’s Soviet Union, Mao Tse Tung’s Red China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, Mengistu’s Ethiopia, Machel’s Mozambique and just across the border in Mugabe’s Communist Zimbabwe.
The Blood of the Innocent Babies Cries Out
At this I was ruled out of order and told to confine my comments to South Africa . In response to the Chairlady’s instruction I proceeded to discuss the over 600,000 pre-born babies who have been legally killed by abortion in South Africa since this house and ruling party had legalised abortion in 1997. The Chairlady again interrupted me and told me that the Termination of Pregnancy Act was not the subject at hand, and I must confine my comments to the Civil Unions Bill.
So apparently, it is acceptable for pagans and parliamentarians to attack Christianity, even the Roman Catholic manifestations in Europe in the Middle Ages, but not appropriate for Christians to respond by evaluating the fruit of Atheism in the 20 th Century, nor even in our immediate neighbouring states. They could attack the Bible, and even God Himself, but we were not allowed to question their legislation or constitution, or even remind them of the human loss of life resulting from their policies.
Freedom is a Fruit of Christianity
I pointed out that Christians were not seeking to impose their beliefs on anyone else. In fact, religious freedom is a fruit of Christianity. It is Protestant Christianity which introduced the concept of freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, freedom of religion. Liberty is a fruit of Christianity. No, it is the secular Humanists, evolutionists, communists, abortionists, pornographers and homosexuals who are seeking to impose their agenda on the vast majority of South Africans who want nothing to do with their perversions and paganism.
What’s Wrong with Social Engineering?
When I asserted that this legislation is “social engineering”, an ANC Parliamentarian responded enthusiastically that: “Of course this Bill is social engineering, all of our Bills are social engineering. Just as the Apartheid government used legislation for social engineering, so we are using it for social engineering! All of our Bills are about social engineering! Do you want us to defy the Constitutional Court ?” he asked.
Defying the Laws of God and Nature
I pointed out that their legislation is defying the voters, defying the clearly expressed will of the electorate as seen in over 90% of the submissions to Parliament, and, most importantly, defying the laws of nature and of Almighty God. I pointed out that homosexuality is a crime throughout the rest of Africa . That only seven countries in the whole world have legalised homosexual “marriages”, and if we were to introduce it here, we would be out of step, not only with nature itself, God’s Law, the legislation of most nations worldwide, but with every other country in Africa as well.
In response, an ANC Parliamentarian declared that he is proud that the ANC is leading South Africa to become the first country in Africa to legalise homosexual unions: “We are trail blazers in Africa !” he declared.
Contempt for the Voters
Another ANC member mocked us saying: “We passed abortion a long time ago here in this house, yet we are still here. The voters still vote for us, even though they oppose abortion.”
Private Ownership of Women?
Another ANC Parliamentarian declared that it was “not true that families and marriage had always existed. Marriage came into being with private property. To privatise the ownership of women!”
Marxism Vs Marriage
I pointed out that that was the Marxist Leninist theory, but the fact is that every civilisation and religion had practiced marriage, as being between one man and one woman, and this was not the creation of any government or economic system, but the ordinance of God. No government had the authority or power to redefine the creation ordinance of marriage. Marriage is a religious ordinance, one which was initiated by Almighty God at the very beginning, in the Garden of Eden.
“So you say!” retorted one ANC parliamentarian.
“No,” I replied, “that is what the Bible says.”
“Well, we don’t believe in your Bible,” declared another ANC member.
“Evidently not, but the day will come when you will have to stand before Almighty God and give an account of your actions on Judgment Day.”
A Cover for Corruption
I challenged the parliamentarians that this homosexual marriage bill is nothing but a financial scam for homosexual couples to seek tax benefits and employee benefits, such as pensions, etc. for their live-in lovers. Several Parliamentarians nodded and expressed agreement that “yes” that was their intention.
Parenthood Vs Perversion
In response I pointed out that homosexual relationships are barren. It doesn’t matter what you call it, homosexuality cannot produce children. But true marriages can. And the reason why countries and companies have extended financial benefits, tax breaks and support to married couples has been to assist them in the immensely important and sacrificial task of raising the next generation. It takes real sacrifice, in terms of time and money, to raise children. And as these children are the life blood of any society, parents, particularly mothers who are widowed, need benefits to enable them to raise those children who would be the next consumers, producers, employers and employees, tax payers and citizens.
Sacrifice Vs Selfishness
It is irrelevant who one happens to be sleeping with, or shacking up with. That has absolutely no economic benefit to the society. It is parents raising children who need employee benefits from businesses and tax benefits from governments. It is nothing more than a financial scam for homosexuals to seek financial benefits for their immoral lifestyle. And this is not only true for homosexual relationships, but for adulterous ones as well. These selfish relationships cannot in any way be compared with the sacrificial demands of parenthood.
What a Man Sows that Shall He Reap
In these, and many other words, the Gospel of Repentance was clearly proclaimed to these parliamentarians. They cannot say that they were not warned of the consequences of violating God’s Commands and natural order in such a blatant way.
Opportunities for Evangelism
Despite some of the hostile objections we received from ANC members of Parliament, we had several good opportunities for literature distribution and evangelistic conversation at Parliament. Some Muslim ladies from the Islamic Unity Council later arranged for me to speak for an hour during one of their radio programmes on Radio 786 - a Muslim radio station.
The Pink Agenda
Five years ago, when we published The Pink Agenda, I wrote in the Introduction: “Freedom of speech and toleration of dissent are a fruit of Christianity. Homosexual activists have used this freedom of speech to promote their pink agenda to the exclusion of any other. The homosexual lobby is jealous for the loyalty and approval of all. No longer satisfied with freedom or tolerance, they now demand approval and conformity. If you think that the homosexual agenda won’t affect you or your family – you’re wrong. As this book, The Pink Agenda, documents, the homosexualists want to transform the very fabric of society. They want to homosexualise the schools and the next generation, and they want government funding (your taxes) to do it.
“Unfortunately, many in the homosexual movement are intolerant of any views opposing their own. Name-calling is a poor alternative to debate and those who dare to disagree with the pink agenda are liable to be labeled as ‘bigots’, ‘homophobes’ and worse. Like economic freedom, intellectual freedom is good, necessary and healthy. We need a free and open debate on the homosexual agenda.”
Repentance and Resistance
Unfortunately, instead of a free and open debate, this homosexual “marriage” bill has been railroaded through Parliament in unseemly haste, running roughshod over the submissions, protests and legitimate concerns of an overwhelming majority of citizens. As a result, the Christian Action Network is calling for a National Day of Mourning and Repentance and renewing its call for a Referendum on a Constitutional Amendment that would protect the Biblical and traditional definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman – for life.
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes… for the wrath of God is being revealed from Heaven against all the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness… they are without excuse… therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchange the truth of God for the lie, and worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator who is blessed forever… and even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.” Romans 1:16 – 28
What You Can Do
If you want to do something positive to resist the homosexualisation of South Africa: forward this E-mail: Protesting Perversion in Parliament to as many friends and contacts as possible; Obtain a copy of The Pink Agenda book from Africa Christian Action; Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper and favourite magazine expressing your concerns; Write to your elected representative at Parliament; Encourage your pastor to preach on what the Bible teaches on these issues; Request copies of Homosexuality and the Bible leaflets from Africa Christian Action. Be informed. Be interceding. Be involved.
Dr. Peter Hammond