Evangelical pastor in England is facing death threats after pro-marriage tweet
Gay activists hound pastor out of job - An evangelical pastor in England is facing death threats and has been forced out of his secular job after he shared a tweet from a U.S. Catholic bishop warning against "gay pride" events.
As churchmilitant.com reports Keith Waters, 53, pastor of New Connexions Church in Ely, Cambridgeshire, copied a tweet from Bp. Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, reminding Christians not to “support or attend LGBTQ ‘Pride Month’ events held in June.”
Using Tobin’s words,
Waters explained that the pride displays “promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Christian faith and morals” and “are especially harmful for children.”
“When I decided to put the reminder out for Christians, I logged on to Twitter and the first tweet I saw was from a Catholic bishop saying exactly what I felt needed putting out to all Christians,” Waters said. “It seemed me that it was one of those God-given moments.”
“Bishop Tobin had put the message so succinctly, eloquently, relevantly, boldly and lovingly, that all that was required was for me to engage in a little ‘holy plagiarism!’” he said, adding, “I merely changed ‘Catholic’ to ‘Christian’ and applied what Bishop Tobin had said to all Christians.”
The backlash was savage and swift. LGBT activists from Ely went ballistic and stirred up local residents in an attempt to drive the pastor and his family out of the countrified cathedral town.
Gay activists told a local undertaker that Waters was dead and asked for his funeral to be arranged. Waters wife, Joanna, was shocked when the funeral director and his assistant visited her asking how she wanted to dispose of his body.
LGBT activists continued to perpetrate hoaxes against Waters, placing an advertisement in his name to sell his house and his car.
The pastor was horrified when a property firm offered to buy his house at a knockdown rate, saying they were responding to an advertisement, claiming he had to leave the area in a hurry.
A parent from the Isle of Ely Primary School, where he worked, stopped her car in front of his bicycle and “ranted” at him.
Then soon, false rumors were spread that Waters was a child molester.
After more harassment at home and on the streets, Waters deleted the tweet, fearing for the safety of his family and his church. Waters felt he had no alternative but to resign from his job.
Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, who is fighting on Waters’ behalf, sadly concluded:
“Gay Pride parades often exhibit nudity and displays of an overtly sexual nature that no child should have to see. If a Christian pastor can no longer say this publicly without receiving death threats, then we are living in very dangerous times.”