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Exclusive: Swiss Official Calls US Preacher’s Anti-Gay Attack ‘Wrong In Every Point’

by David Badash on December 3, 2012

in Bigotry Watch,Legal Issues,News,Religion

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Last week, Rick Joyner, a Christian Minister and head of Morningstar Ministries, a huge megachurch operation, claimed gay activists are “advocating” to “forbid marriage between a male and a female,” as The New Civil Rights Movement reported.

WATCH: Gays ‘Advocating’ To ‘Forbid Marriage Between A Male And A Female’ Says Joyner

But Joyner also made a ludicrous attack on the country of Switzerland, claiming that he was told “it’s hate speech” in Switzerland to refer to one’s spouse as “husband” or wife.”

“I was in Switzerland this past summer and speaking at a conference I kept hearing people say, ‘my partner,’ instead of their wife or husband,” Joyner told Michael L. Brown, an anti-gay author:

“One guy actually said, ‘And my wife,’ — it was like it shocked him — ‘No, I mean, my partner.’ I took him aside afterwards and asked him, ‘Why are you so afraid to say husband or wife here?’”

“He said, ‘It’s hate speech. We can go to jail for that’,” Joyner said, adding, “It’s happening in America.”

As we reported last week, the Consulate General of Switzerland denied Joyner’s claim when The New Civil Rights Movement spoke with them last week, but today, Michael Vettiger, of the Economic Affairs and Communication department at the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York City sent to The New Civil Rights Movement the following statement regarding our inquiry about Joyner’s claim:

Mr. Joyner’s claim is wrong in every point and lacks any legal or moral ground. In fact, there is no provision in Swiss criminal law that could in any way provide a legal base to condemn somebody for calling its spouse “wife” or “husband”. Nor does such a case exist within Swiss jurisprudence. The Swiss penal code contains a strong and comprehensive provision criminalizing hate speech on racial and discriminatory grounds (art 261bis) but it does in no way apply to the case alluded to by Mr Joyner.

Apparently, the Swiss government was concerned enough about the manner in which Joyner is defaming their country that they felt obliged to respond to the attack.

It’s good to know that anti-gay “preachers” in America cannot go about bearing false witness without being called out for it.

Mr. Joyner’s Morningstar Ministries did not respond to a call for comment.

Image, top: Rick Joyner, via Facebook

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{ 4 comments }

BJLincoln December 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm

"It’s good to know that anti-gay “preachers” in America cannot go about bearing false witness without being called out for it."
Riiiiigghhhtttttt!

Str8Grandmother December 3, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Good article, good investigative reporting. Kudos!

Scott_Rose December 3, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Here is the referenced Swiss law in plain French:
http://www.admin.ch/ch/f/rs/311_0/a261bis.html

Art. 261bis 1

Discrimination raciale

Celui qui, publiquement, aura incité à la haine ou à la discrimination envers une personne ou un groupe de personnes en raison de leur appartenance raciale, ethnique ou religieuse;

celui qui, publiquement, aura propagé une idéologie visant à rabaisser ou à dénigrer de façon systématique les membres d’une race, d’une ethnie ou d’une religion;

celui qui, dans le même dessein, aura organisé ou encouragé des actions de propagande ou y aura pris part;

celui qui aura publiquement, par la parole, l’écriture, l’image, le geste, par des voies de fait ou de toute autre manière, abaissé ou discriminé d’une façon qui porte atteinte à la dignité humaine une personne ou un groupe de personnes en raison de leur race, de leur appartenance ethnique ou de leur religion ou qui, pour la même raison, niera, minimisera grossièrement ou cherchera à justifier un génocide ou d’autres crimes contre l’humanité;

celui qui aura refusé à une personne ou à un groupe de personnes, en raison de leur appartenance raciale, ethnique ou religieuse, une prestation destinée à l’usage public,

sera puni d’une peine privative de liberté de trois ans au plus ou d’une peine pécuniaire.

CastleRockBear December 4, 2012 at 9:07 am

Here is Art. 261bis 1… in English

racial discrimination

Whoever publicly incites hatred or discrimination against any person or group of persons because of their race, ethnicity or religion;

one who publicly propagates an ideology to disparage or denigrate a systematic way members of a race, ethnicity or religion;

which, for the same purpose, organizes or encourages acts of propaganda or takes part;

one who publicly, by word, writing, image, gesture, by assault or otherwise discriminated against or lowered in a way that undermines human dignity a person or group people because of their race, ethnicity or religion or, for the same reason, denies, grossly minimizes or seeks to justify genocide or other crimes against humanity;

who has refused to a person or group of persons because of their racial, ethnic or religious benefits for public use,

shall be punished with imprisonment of three years or a fine.

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