Latvia-Based Anti-Gay Preacher at Atlanta Conference
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Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 07:26:30 AM EST
OneNewsNow reports on an evangelism conference in Atlanta:

The three-day conference -- called "Synergize" -- begins today in an Atlanta, Georgia, church. Pastor Sunday Adelaja, founder of God's Embassy Church in Kiev, Europe's largest church, organized the event. Speakers include actor Ben Stein, Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, and Pat Williams, senior vice president of the Orlando Magic.

...Pastor Adelaja believes if the church in America became as "active and aggressive" in culture as the homosexual movement, then the church would have a missions movement that the "world would be proud of again."

Quite a few figures are involved, ranging from predictable "religious right" culture warriors through to more thoughtful evangelicals like the scholar Leonard Sweet. However, given Adelaja's apparent preoccupation with "the homosexual movement" (perhaps a reaction against his former close association with Ted Haggard), one attendee in particular may be significant: Alexey Ledyaev, pastor of the New Generation Church in Riga. Ledyaev has an obsession with homosexuality which rivals that of Fred Phelps, and this forms part of an extreme nationalist and Christian dominionist agenda.

I wrote on Ledyaev at Talk to Action back in September; here he is in full throttle after a Christian counter-protest against gay rights ended in anti-gay violence:

A double policemen cordon around the few mostly foreign homosexuals (at least two policemen per each gay) beating their ownin order to make a way for foreigners this was too much!

A friend of mine grabbed a policeman by his truncheon and asked him,

  • Why do you beat the people?
  • We were given an order that none of the gay should be hurt.
  • And if they tell you to fire at people?
  • You should inquire the city council of Riga, said the policeman and pulled out his tool of mass impact.

Security of the gay was more important than security of the people...

Stay home, dear Swedish pederasts, and walk down the streets of your own Stockholm but don't show up on the squares of Riga.

...Islamization goes full speed wherever homosexual lifestyle is legally accepted. Muslim organizations and committees, centers and mosques, schools are being opened overwhelmingly everywhere.... Homosexuality and islamization are two sides of the medal and integral elements of the one destructive process of European culture and civilization.

In 2005, Ledyaev explained that:

Homosexuality is a...dangerous and contagious disease. The contagious should be isolated and treated. Otherwise, an epidemic will sweep through the entire community.

Ledyaev has also made close links with Scott Lively and Ken Hutcherson, both of who have travelled to Latvia to spread word of the need to persecute homosexuals and to oppose "homosexualists" - a term equivalent to Phelps's "homosexual enablers".

Sunday Adelaja, meanwhile, was blogged by me here. He and Ledyaev have been close allies for a while; I noted here Ledyaev's call for "Christian government" and Adelaja's response that this would be achieved in Ukraine through the "Just Ukraine" political party.

Name variations: Alexey Ledyaev; Alexei Ledyaev

He is not a Latvian but preacher of a church based in Riga. He preaches to primarily to Russian followers. Ledyaev was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan. We have enough other creeps such as Igors Maslakovs and his No Pride movement and Dzintars Jaundzeikars among others to brand Latvian. These Latvians deserve a bad name but not when they are not Latvians. The title should read "Leader of Church from Latvia..."

by stukuls on Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 11:20:24 AM EST
I did know that, but it had slipped my mind. I'll amend

by Richard Bartholomew on Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 07:12:37 AM EST

Oh, this is of very personal interest.

VERY fscking personal interest.

You see, at least one of the head speakers just happens to be head of the very Assemblies church I am a walkaway from.

by dogemperor on Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 02:18:43 PM EST

...Mr. Bartholomew, is there a way I can contact you directly?  You can email me at dogemperor (dot) dkos (at) livejournal (dot) com.

I will also be forwarding the article to Southern Poverty Law Center.  (There are ongoing investigations with several of the people involved.)

by dogemperor on Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 02:23:06 PM EST

I tried that email address, it bounced back. Try contacting me this wau:

by Richard Bartholomew on Fri Feb 01, 2008 at 06:35:45 AM EST

Tried your link without success--try emailing me again at dogemperor (dot) dkos (at) gmail (dot) com (new alias, I fatfingered, my apologies).

by dogemperor on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 05:27:36 AM EST

Imprecatory Prayer by Alexey Ledyaev, Pastor, New Generation Church, Riga, Latvia at the Watchmen on the Walls Conference held in Riga November 14-18, 2007

"In the name of Jesus I curse this phenomenon! I curse the root of this movement!

In the name of Jesus I curse the culture of death and say to it: DRY OUT! Let every plant that is not planted by my Father be pulled up with it's root and thrown away! In the name of Jesus I proclaim fair God's judgment on every disgrace and people's lies who suppress truth!

We are setting your hands free and say: God, deal with all activists and leaders of homosexual movement! Raise, God! And your enemies will dissipate! Raise God! Save America! Save Latvia! Save Europe! Save us!

... God, please forgive us for stepping down and please give back the weapons the Church possessed before. Let your strength and fire and authority come back!

... God, raise brave pastors and brave people and raise an army of holy people, raise the Watchmen on the Walls who would stand and protect their cities!

... We love America, please protect it from suicide and self-destruction!

... Let a stone, without the assistance of a hand, come off the rock and hit this homosexual idol right on its legs! Let this idol come down to ashes! Let this stone become a mountain and fill the whole Earth.

... Today we proclaim the death of the culture of death! We proclaim the victory of life!

... You, the Pharaoh of homosexualism - we will not give a hoof, a rusted nail to you! Our houses, our wives, our sons and daughters will go - and you will go bankrupt.

... Homosexualism is a global problem and it is only the first wave. After that comes Islamization. If we won't stop the first wave, then the second wave won't wait for long."

by JerrySloan on Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 12:28:20 AM EST

That idea of "Christianity" is absolutely disgusting.  It's things like that which drove me from the church- and makes me ashamed that I called myself "Christian".

I don't see any difference between him and the Klan- they both claim to be doing "God's work", both invoke Jesus and God in their obscenity, and both spew hate and the inverse of the Gospel.

by ArchaeoBob on Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 11:23:45 AM EST

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