South Africa’s Parliament is currently considering the so-called ‘Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill’. This proposed legislation was designed, in accordance with the country’s liberal constitution, to “provide for the offence of hate crimes and the offence of hate speech and the prosecution of persons who commit those crimes.” It is aimed to combat the sins against the law of Satan as personified in the moral order of cultural Marxism: racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia. Any speech whereby a (white) South African commits these false sins would then become punishable by the authorities. The Deputy Justice Minister of South Africa, John Jeffery, has explicitly said that “the bill will criminalise preaching against homosexuality” in churches.
Churches in South Africa have rightly responded in alarm to the bill. Their arguments, however, have unfortunately revolved around the bill’s violating the free exercise of religion, as spelled out in the country’s (humanistic) constitution. This response, though commendable, sadly has its roots in the same humanistic moral order as the bill. An alliance of the country’s Reformed Churches has even said that it “unequivocally rejects all forms of hate speech,” but that the bill is not “well thought through” in the sense that it may “violate citizens’ constitutional right to freedom of religion.” 1
The bill indeed threatens the right of Christians to preach against immorality and false religions, but of equal importance is the fact that the sovereign moral Law of God is blasphemed by the state, which has already elevated itself to the status of Supreme Lawgiver. God’s Law, in fact, demands a just hatred and hate speech against sin and Christ-hating sinners. Therefore, if this bill passes, Christians in South Africa would face intensified persecution. The core problem of the matter is, therefore, not the violation of the country’s liberal constitution, but its blaspheming of the crown rights of our King, Jesus Christ, and his rightful claim to Lordship over all creation. The South African government needs be reminded that the Almighty Creator and Ruler of the Universe is not their playfellow. He will not be mocked without consequence. We pray in a sure hope that He will soon visit judgment upon them and other godless governments around the world. For we know that God will bring down the South African and other godless multicultural empires in due time.
- http://kerkbode.christians.co.za/2017/01/31/tkr-se-nee-vir-wetsontwerp-oor-haatspraak-en-haatmisdaad/ – note: article is in Afrikaans ↩