Christian Centre supports Pastor following death threats over gay pride tweet
The Christian Legal Centre in London has taken up the case of a christian Pastor in Cambridgeshire who was forced to resign his position as caretaker of a local school following a tweet warning parents of the unsuitability of Gay Pride events for children .
Pastor Keith Waters from Ely in Cambridgeshire who used a number of photographs from recent pride marches to support his assertions explained that the marches often involve scenes of a sexual nature including naked people and people in sadomasochistic outfits enacting sexually graphic acts .
Following the tweet Pastor Waters said he was subjected to death threats and harassment . In one incident the pastor said his wife answered the door to funeral directors who said they had been sent to arrange his funeral . An angry motorist almost knocked him off his bike, False rumours were spread that he was a child molester while an anonymous teacher claimed that his tweet fell ‘within the British government’s definition of extremism’ and that action must be taken against him with local councillors reporting him to police for a 'hate incident' .
Harassment followed at his home and on the streets and fearing for his family’s safety and his church members safety, he decided to delete the tweet and was subsequently hounded into resigning his position in the local school .
Speaking about his ordeal Pastor Waters said : "Anyone who believes in freedom of religion and expression should be very concerned about my story. This was an attack, not just against my Christian beliefs, but against anyone who dares to question these matters in public. The biggest concern should be that a story like mine is becoming normal. I maintain that my tweet did not discriminate against anyone. It was directed to Christians and it did not criticise individuals or the LGBT community, only Pride events. Other people have been mortified at how I have been treated but are too fearful to speak out. Children should never be exposed to nudity or overt sexuality, whether that’s at Gay Pride or anywhere else. I am determined to fight for the freedom to say that, and believe that no one should lose or be forced out of their job for holding and expressing legitimate views "
Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of the Christian Legal Centre who is representing Pastor Waters said: "Our schools and churches need more community-minded people like Pastor Keith Waters, not less. For sending one tweet, that raised genuine concern for children, Keith has been threatened, harassed and hounded out of his employment. This is not a local issue distinct to Ely, but a growing intolerant and threatening trend towards, not just Christians, but anyone across the country who dares to oppose Pride. Pastor Keith Waters is right to say that Christians should not attend gay Pride events as they are harmful to children. They 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. As we launch this case, we call on the Church to do more to protect courageous Christians like Keith Waters, and to speak publicly on how God’s good pattern of marriage between one man and one woman is a foundation for a healthy society. Celebrating sexual chaos and public immorality at gay Pride events is not good for anyone; it is not good for families or impressionable young children."
Pastor Waters presented Images to school officials in support of his tweet