During November 2012 I reported Pastor Oscar Peter Bougardt to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) for hate speech (you can read the details here). However, this was not the first time I heard of this homophobic Pastor. The first time I read about him was in October 2011 when he publically said Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu “will burn in hell” for supporting gay rights. He also took a jab at Oscar Pistorius, earlier this year, and stated that Pistorius was cursed for supporting gay rights following the shooting of Reva Steenkamp.
Since October 2011 I have monitored this hateful Pastor and was horrified by some of the things he wrote on his social media forums. His Facebook and Twitter accounts were full of homophobic utterances, the majority of which I viewed as being hate speech. It reached the point where I not only felt aggrieved, victimized and personally violated as a gay man but also feared that the consequences of his utterances and his work in his community could lead to hate crimes being committed by members of his church against LGBT people in that community.
The matter was reported to the SAHRC and consequently the Pastor will now be brought before Equality Court on charges of Hate Speech. Seeing as this matter is currently sub judice and seeing as I will be one of the witnesses testifying against Pastor Bougardt, I am not going to comment on this matter any further until the trial is finished. However, I have decided to let Pastor Bougardt’s words, which he published publically on his social media, speak for itself. Here are some screenshots from his personal Facebook and Twitter accounts that he published after the SAHRC informed him of his hate speech charges. Clearly he does not take this seriously at all.
|I have asked around and he is NOT being sued by any homosexual(s) for a million Rand. Nobody knows what he is on about. Perhaps he is trying to raise funds for his defense in the Equality Court.|