Religious homophobia in the Netherlands

This 30 July 2018 BBC video says about itself:

The American Preacher [Steven Anderson] Spreading Hate

Director Hannah Livingston spends six months tracking two of America’s most radical Christian hate groups – including a notorious pastor from Arizona who has been banned from the UK.

This film shows how America’s constitutional right to free speech allows these groups to spread homophobia in an increasingly polarised and divided political climate. Drawing on a literal interpretation of the Bible, the pastor opens new churches in America and influences people around the world by broadcasting his sermons over the internet. America’s Hate Preachers is shown on BBC One on 31st July.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Hundreds of orthodox Protestant pastors, preachers and politicians have signed a text that is strongly against homosexuality. The pamphlet states that “God meant marriage as a lifelong covenant relationship between one man and one woman.”

It concerns the Dutch translation of the Nashville declaration, a document that was drawn up in 2017 in the United States. …

The tone in the Dutch version, titled A joint declaration on biblical sexuality, is strongly anti-LGBTQ. Eg, article 10 of the document states: “We affirm that it is sinful to approve homosexual uncleanness or transgenderism.” …

The declaration claims faithful Christians should not disagree about the supposedly evident evilness of homosexuality.

In addition, a suggestion is made that homosexuals and transgender people can be cured of their sexual orientation. …

In addition to mainly preachers, the declaration was also signed by SGP

theocratic political party

party leader Kees van der Staaij, SGP senator Diederik van Dijk

This 8 January 2019 video is a musical parody about Kees van der Staaij’s homophobia.

and former election candidate of the Christian Union

orthodox Protestant party, slightly less theocratic than the SGP

Orlando Bottenbley. …

On social media, the pamphlet gets applause, but far more criticism. Several preachers and other prominent Protestants say they will never sign it.

This tweet, by Maaike Kardinaal, says (translated):

Hundreds of preachers who speak out against my marriage. Already married for 16 years with my beautiful and sweet wife. I just can not imagine that a loving God can be against that. Only grumpy old lonely men.

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