Gay activists call for review of National Lottery grants


Gay rights campaigners have criticised the awarding of national lotterygrants to British faith groups with links to anti-gay literature online.

Grants have regularly been handed to a range of Christian, Muslim, Jewish and other religious groups since lottery funding began almost 20 years ago, mainly to finance community projects working with young or vulnerable people.

Research by the Guardian shows, however, that several faith groups which have received money in recent years have links to controversial material. These groups include the Christ Apostolic church in Luton, run by Pastor Stephen Oluwasola, which won a £10,000 lottery grant to set up an after-school club for students to play music together in 2007.

Oluwasola says the publicly funded club was open to any children. However, campaigners have raised concern over a Sunday school lesson plan, published by the church's Nigerian parent organisation, which has a clear message for dealing with gay people: "Eschew them!"

"Same-sex relationships are foreign to God's Law," the lesson plan says. "Anyone who practises lesbianism, homosexuality, gay-marriage etc is a beast! Don't do it!" It adds: "At the end of this lesson, the people of God should be showing deeper hatred for sexual sins."

Written By: Martin Williams
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  1. I wouldn’t mind seeing a pitchfork run at keeping money out of the hands of religions that promote anti non believer ideology, whether through preaching or literature. Pretty much any religion that has a holy text which demonstrates bigoted attitudes towards non believers. If your text says non believers will go to hell, no money. If your text says to stay away from non believers, no money.

  2. If a religious group is not running some social program, they deserve zero government funding. Further the government should give preferential treatment to any non-religious group running a program because religious groups inevitably in some way use that money to shove their religion down unwilling throats.

    Britain has a state religion, a legacy from Henry VIII. Perhaps that is why they are so insensitive to the matter of favouring one religion over another. To a Canadian it is rather shocking.

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