Theresa May talked to anti-gay pastor

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Home Secretary Theresa May walks to the Conservative party conference on September 30, 2014 in Birmingham, England. The third day of conference will see speeches on home affairs and justice. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

On Sunday the Prime Minister made an unannounced visit to London’s Jesus House church, which is part of the Nigerian-based Redeemed Christian Church of God movement. Mrs. May tried to reach out the black-dominated Christian congregation. But the church, which the PM describes only with the most positive words, has a homophobic reputation. The pastor of it previously claimed that supporting gay rights was an affront to Christians and LGBT supporters were ‘Christianophobic’. The RCCG Sunday School materials teach: “Homosexuality is a sin and like any other sin, it needs to be dealt with in the only way possible. It needs to be laid at the cross and repented of. Christians should pray for the salvation of the homosexual.” The website continues to claim that “homosexuals should be shown the love of Christ and should be restored to God’s society to escape divine judgement”

Pastor Agu Irukwu, who met with Theresa May during the visit, was a vocal opponent of the first law in the UK outlawing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. The pastor had signed an open letter in 2006 in which he alleged that the then-Labour government was “discriminating against Christians” in order to appease gay people.

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