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.

Dutch fundamentalist religious politician wants Iraq war re-start


This video from the USA is called Robert Greenwald Discusses 7th Anniversary of Iraq War and Rethink Afghanistan War on The Ed Show.

As we have seen on this blog, Bryan Fischer, the spokesman of the fundamentalist Protestant Christian American Families Association in the USA supports the violence of the Sunni Islamic ISIS fundamentalists in Iraq against the Yazidi minority, agreeing with ISIS that Yazidis are supposedly “devil worshipers.”

In the Netherlands, the fundamentalist Protestant political party SGP has quite opposite views than their US American counterparts.

NOS TV in the Netherlands reports that SGP member of parliament Bisschop wants Dutch F-16 warplanes to join the United States bombing of northern Iraq. The Dutch government would supposedly be ‘cowards’ if they don’t start bombing.

Mr Bisschop has not learned the bloody lessons of the United States war in Iraq; and of the Dutch military involvement in that.

By David Edwards in the USA:

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Monday invited retired General Paul Vallely to discuss why President Barack Obama and his entire national security staff needed to be removed from the U.S. government.

According to Vallely, the United States would suffer “cataclysmic events” if the president continued to refuse to go to war against the militant group ISIS in Iraq.

No ‘satanic’ Halloween for Dutch children, politicians decide


This is a music video of United States singer Norah Jones – My Dear Country. The song is against the Iraq war; and also about Halloween.

Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:

No satanic Halloween in Werkendam because of the SGP

10/08/13 , 16:16

No ‘robes of devils’, ‘living dead’ and ‘similar extremely reprehensible phenomena’, says the SGP

The SGP, Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij, is a fundamentalist Protestant Christian political party in the Netherlands.

Schoolchildren in Werkendam in Noord-Brabant province will not celebrate Halloween next week. The Board of the Mayor and Aldermen has announced that some planned activities next week will go ahead under a different name, ‘Autumn Week’.

The municipality also announces that it is banning ‘draconian fancy dress

‘Draconian fancy dress’, my dear Mayor and Aldermen? As far as I know, only laws and punishment can be ‘draconian’. Fancy dress cannot. Unless the Mayor and Aldermen mean fancy dress imitating the clothes of Draco, the ancient Greek lawgiver after whom harsh laws are named. However, very little is known about Draco’s life. So, I have not any idea how ‘draconian fancy dress’ is supposed to look.

Or are the Mayor and Aldermen referring to the Draconians, ‘an extraterrestrial race; featured in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who’? These Draconians have never been on Dutch TV as far as I know.

and ‘creepy aspects’ at the activities. So, the planned ghost quest seems to be off. Against a treasure hunt with games like bowling in the dark and solving puzzles, the SGP had no objections.

Municipal youth workers had prepared a ghost treasure hunt to celebrate Halloween, but the SGP did not want that. The party considers it undesirable for young people of Werkendam to see ‘robes of devils’, ‘living dead’ and ‘similar extremely reprehensible phenomena’.

Local council SGP Group Chairman Theo Meijboom says that he is happy that the authorities have listened to his arguments. He does not want the youth of Werkendam to be exposed to the harmful influences of death and horror.

Dutch Christian fundamentalist’s ‘Akin’ on abortion


This satirical video from the USA is called Todd Akin Rape & Abortion Apology: NewsyToons.

Remember United States Republican politician Todd Akin, claiming that there is a thing called “legitimate rape“, and that supposedly raped women don’t get pregnant; so, in banning abortion, there is no need no make an exception for rape cases?

Well, the Netherlands now has its own “Todd Akin”. In the campaign for the September 12 Dutch general election, Kees van der Staaij now says, with the same lack of medical science knowledge as his United States ‘hero’, that raped women supposedly have just a small chance of getting pregnant.

Van der Staaij is wrong on this, medical scientists say.

Who is Kees van der Staaij? He is the leader of the fundamentalist Calvinist Protestant SGP party. That party has two seats in the 150-seat Dutch parliament. They are a bit comparable to the “Reverend” Ian Paisley‘s party in Northern Ireland.

The SGP does not have women candidates in elections. They say that Dutch women have the right to vote since the 1920s, but that this right should be abolished. They are the only party in parliament which wants to bring back the death penalty (abolished in the Netherlands in 1870).

The SGP wants the government to persecute “false religions” (meaning religions which are not fundamentalist Protestant, like Roman Catholicism). A predecessor of Van der Staaij as SGP leader, C.N. van Dis, said in an interview that gay people will burn and freeze in hell.

If “moderate conservative” Dutch parties will not get a majority of their own in parliament, then they may make deals with Kees van der Staaij’s SGP. Like already happened under the old Dutch Rightist government coalition, which collapsed this spring.

At least 30 people from the Dutch Bible belt have so far been diagnosed with measles in the first outbreak of the sometimes fatal disease in 13 years. The infections are largely based around strict Protestant schools in a broad sweep across the country from the Veluwe area to Zeeland province, the public health institute RIVM said in a statement. Fundamentalist Protestants in the Netherlands do not believe in having their children vaccinated: here.

USA: Last week, Paul Ryan gave an interview in which, defending his position that there should be no excuses for abortion, he referred to rape as a “method of conception”: here.

Paul Ryan Defends Use of ‘Forcible Rape’ Terminology: here.

GOP Congressman Channels Todd Akin: ‘The Incidence Of Rape Resulting In Pregnancy Are Very Low’: here.

Catholics and church at odds on contraception, divorce and abortion. Survey in 12 countries finds 78% of Catholics support contraception and 65% think abortion should be allowed: here.

SGP financial scandal: here.