Bishop is in court for homophobic claims

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A bishop has been taken to court in South Africa after he claimed that gay people were more confused than animals and that is why they were lower than animals in the eyes of God. Port Elizabeth’s Equality Court heard a complaint made against bishop Joshua Maponga about an anti-gay sermon he gave earlier this year at Seventh Day Adventist Church in KwaMagxaki. “[Maponga] further suggested that the act of males sleeping with males is a manifestation that humans have also gone below animals,” Simayi said, according to The Weekend Post. Maponga claimed he had apologized for these words, but later said that LGBT people wpould not bring him on the cross for citing the Bible. Note^ the Bible does not state humans being lower than animals in the eyes of God, any humans, even those who are labeled as ‘sinners’. Simayi has rejected the bishop’s apologies, saying: “[Maponga] must take full responsibility and be specific with what he is sorry for.” A further court date is expected to be scheduled.

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