Police investigate Auckland pastor who said homosexuals should be shot: 'Members of our communities will be concerned'




The West Auckland pastor who incited outrage for his public statements that homosexuals should be shot, and women belong in the kitchen, is under investigation by police.

Pastor Logan Robertson from Westcity Baptist Church hit the headlines this week after a video posted to Facebook back in July was discovered of him saying he thought gay people should be shot.

"My view on homo marriage is that the bible never mentions it so I’m not against them getting married as long as a bullet goes through their head the moment they kiss.

"Because that's what it talks about. Not about homo marriage but homo death.

"That's what should happen."

Detective Senior Sergeant Marcia Murray said the comments were "very concerning".

"Police intend on speaking with the individual and are unable to comment any further until this has been done.

"However we recognise that members of our communities will be concerned and fearful about those comments and we would like to make it very clear that we are treating this matter very seriously."

Speaking to the NZ Herald Reverend Helen Jacobi from St Matthew in the City church said the video was "inciting violence, verging on hate speech and verging on criminal behaviour".

"Jesus in particular said that he came to not live by those old laws but to bring a new law which is a law of love. So it's hard to see how that could be biblical."

Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jacki Blue told the NZ Herald she thought the pastor's video was "hateful".

"Those who preach hate and violence are out of touch with everything it means to be a New Zealander. We pride ourselves on defending human rights," Dr Blue said.

"To use this language is not only hateful and shameful, it is un-Kiwi and has no place here."

The New Zealand Baptist Union’s national leader Reverend Craig Vernall has also condemned Robertson's comments.

He says he became aware of Robertson’s church when it started back in 2014 with only four to five people in the congregation.

It's not known how many people attend his church but the Facebook page has nearly 1,300 likes.

When approached by the NZ Herald for comment, Robertson says he hadn’t called for anyone in his church to shoot anyone he was just quoting the Bible.

"I'm not inciting vigilantes. It's got nothing to do with me – they could read that verse in the Bible."

Robertson didn't deny his sermon was hate speech.

"Of course it is. Does it sound like hate speech to you?

"If the world thinks that's hate speech than that's fine."

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