Church book declared hate speech

2013-02-28 17:27

The contents of a book called Die Raadsplan by Living Hope Ministries and its founding pastor Willie Smit amount to hate speech, the SA Human Rights Commission has said.

“It found the church publication offensive and amounting to hate speech,” the commission’s spokesperson Isaac Mangena said today.

The commission received a complaint in 2010 claiming the Free State-based church and its pastor authored and published a racially offensive book entitled Die Raadsplan.

The complainant said the book, the church and its pastor depicted the white race as divinely ordained to be superior to and rule over all other races.

The publication was distributed to various Christian book stores in the country.

Mangena said the commission had found some parts of the book to some extent corroborated the complainant’s assertions.

The pastor and his church believed they had exercised their freedom of expression, freedom of religion, belief and opinion to write and make the utterances.

However, the commission’s view was that the right to freedom of expression did not extend to advocacy of hatred based on race, and that constituted incitement to cause harm.

The commission held the publication was racially discriminatory and amounted to hate speech.

It concluded that such publications were unacceptable in a free and democratic dispensation that espoused equality as its central theme.

The commission recommended that the Film and Publication Board take steps to remove the publication from all public distribution channels.

It also supported appropriate administrative and other sanctions in terms of the Films and Publications Act.

The commission held that the Institute for Race Relations at the University of the Free State, in collaboration with the Governing Council of SA Council of Churches, should engage the Living Hope Ministries church as well as Smit in a series of race relations sensitisation workshops.

The commission asked for a written report on the progress achieved in six months.

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Autobraking: See just how good they are!

Just how good are automatic brakes on cars these days? Two VW models have been praised by top UK research centre Thatcham. Find out why...

 

Stay safe

Pro's and con's of accredited driver-training
Juvenile pillion riders? Play safe...
Need a family ride? SA's top Mommy Cars
Mom's driving-school dream come true
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is a good day to go large with your significant other. Let go of obligations, expectations and chores and let the day play...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.