A councillor in Cornwall is calling for the deportation of an Australian pastor who welcomed the cancellation of the local LGBT Pride event.
Stephen Hick, Newquay Town Councillor and Cornwall Pride leader, said in a letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel that Pastor Josh Williamson was a “hate preacher” and should be deported back to his native Australia.
Pastor Williamson, of Newquay Baptist Church, angered the LGBT community when he wrote on Facebook that the cancellation of this year’s LGBT Pride event was “wonderful news.”
In the ensuing backlash, LGBT activists threatened violence against the pastor and his wife, and called for the church to be burned down.
When Cornwall police spoke to Williamson, they warned him to restrict his views to a “safe environment” and refrain from offending the LGBT community in the future, according to Christian Concern which is assisting him.
In his letter to Patel, Hick wrote: “Josh Williamson’s ministry has caused harm to members of the community of Newquay and the wider LGBTQ+ community across Cornwall.
“I believe his continued presence, preaching the hate that he does, presents a continuing harm to the same communities.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Christian Today