Latvia-Based Anti-Gay Preacher at Atlanta Conference
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,
Security of the gay was more important than security of the people...
- 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.
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