A Black BNP Reverend: Pastor James Gitau vs “The Sins of Homosexuality”

Claims BNP “condemns use of contraceptives”

Here’s one I missed from a few days ago – the BNP’s Rev Robert West (blogged by me a number of times, such as here) has been out campaigning; the Daily Telegraph reports:

Griffin gets into his car and we drive to Dagenham Broadway, where the BNP has erected its stall. We pass the BNP music bus, pulled over by the police for playing loud music. Griffin gets out and glad-hands; he seems to adore it. Reverend Robert West, the BNP candidate in Lincoln, shouts, “It is not racist to love your country!” as Pastor James Gitau, a black BNP supporter, stands next to him. Every time the Rev Mr West shouts a slogan, Gitau shouts, “Hallelujah!”

Details about Pastor Gitau are scarce, although he is apparently a Pastor with the United Holy Church; whether this is the American denomination of that name or another grouping is not clear. Most information about him is available from postings at Misterseed.com, a site for diaspora Kenyans. Here a press release from Gitau is available, in block caps:

WHEN I ARRIVED IN THE U.K IN THE LATE NINETIES I CAME TO LEARN THAT THERE WAS A FAR RIGHT PARTY CALLED BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY. I WAS SHOCKED BECAUSE I DID NOT EXPECT SUCH A RACIST ASSOCIATION IN THE LAND BECAUSE UNITED KINGDOM IS ONE OF THE PIONEER DEMOCRACIES WHICH EMBRACES ALL RACES IN THE COUNTRY WITHOUT ANY FORM OF DISCRIMINATION.

I DID SERIOUS HOMEWORK TRYING TO FIND OUT IF THAT ALLEGATION WAS TRUE AND IT WAS CONFIRMED THAT IT WAS TRUE. THE PARTY WAS NOT ACCEPTING MEMBERS FROM THE BLACK COMMUNITY.

 I DID SOME SERIOUS CAMPAIGN TO HAVE THE PARTY OPEN UP MEMBERSHIP TO ALL RACES AND ABOUT A MONTH AGO MY AMBITION CAME TO PASS AND THE PARTY STARTED ALLOWING ALL RACES TO BECOME MEMBERS…

 AS THIS WAS A PART OF MY SWEAT, I DECIDED TO BECOME A MEMBER BECAUSE OF THE FOLLOWING REASONS…

B.N.P. IS THE ONLY PARTY WHICH BOLDLY SPEAKS AGAINST SODOMY IN PUBLIC….

…CONDEMNS USE OF CONTRACEPTIVES ( E.G. CONDOMS, MORNING AFTER ETC. ETC.).

…ABHORS OUR CHILDREN’S ABORTIONS WITHOUT PARENTS CONSENT ETC. ETC.

…IT IS TRUE THAT THE OLD B.N.P. POLICY WAS TO SEND ALL BLACK BRITISH CITIZENS BACK TO THEIR ORIGINAL COUNTIES. THE NEW B.N.P. EMBRACES ALL RACES FROM THE MINORITIES.

…I WAS GIVEN A PLATFORM TO PREACH AGAINST THE SINS OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH ( HOMOSEXUALITY, AND I REALLY HIT THE ABOMINATION HARD! ) WHEN B.N.P WILL FORM THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE ONE OF THESE FINE DAYS IT WILL BE IN THE GOVERNMENT, ALL THOSE EVIL LAWS E.G. HOMOSEXUALITY WILL GO. THEY WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE BOOKS OF STATUTES OF THE GREAT BRITAIN!

…IF YOU LOOK AT MY PICTURE AT DAGENHAM INTERNATIONAL PRESS CONFERENCE, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT YOU WILL NOTICE IS THE NAME OF JESUS APPEARING CLEARLY ON MY RED ‘JESUS SCARVE’.   

  PASTOR/EVANGELIST (.REV, ) JAMES K.N. GITAU

Mr Seed himself gives some background information, on the same page:

Pastor Gitau is the former manager with KENATCO Mombasa before joining business and later coming to the UK. Originally he comes from Kiambaa, Kiambu, Kenya. He is well known in the church circles because he is the first to shout in most of the crusades in London. You would always hear him saying “Glory” playing his manyanga with a beautiful dancing style the King David style. Many others knows him by his dressing. He dresses with several coloured clothes with long coat on top. My mother asked me last year when he saw him: “Mr. Seed, who is that man in the church? Which one, I asked, “Glory” – the man who shouts glory in the church. Why does he dress like that?” she asked. When asked why he dresses like that Pastor Gitau explained that the coat he wears is a coat of many colours.

 This site has a short blurb:

I am an International Evangelist and a Kikuyu, but I support ODM [Orange Democratic Movement].  My message however is one of peace.  The violence must stop and the political leaders must listen to the word of reason, let them sit and resolve their difference so that we can go on with our lives.  I grew up in Luoland, I schooled in Kamusinga High School in Bungoma-Luhyaland, I worked in Mombasa, and married a Mkamba lady, so to me tribalism is non-existent.

The pastor also has a request for Josh Groban, regarding his song “You Raise Me Up”:

THIS SONG IS TOO PIOUS AND SWEET TO BE A SONG OF THE WORLD ( SECULAR ). THE EARLIER SECULAR BEINGS DROP THEIR CLAIM TO IT THE BETTER. LOVERS AND GIRLFRIENDS WILL LIFT YOU UP ONLY TO DROP DOWN WITH A BIG BANG WHEN THEIR LOVE FOR YOU NOSEDIVE BUT JESUS ( GOD ) WHOSE OTHER NAME IS LOVE ( 1st. JOHN 4:8 and 16 )IS ‘ LOVE ‘ WILL LIFT YOU UP WHEN THE STORMS OF LIFE RAGE AND WILL NEVER EVER DROP YOU BECAUSE HE CARES FOR YOU ETERNALLY. I VERY HUMBLY REQUEST MR. JOSH GROBAN TO BE SAVED BY JESUS BY REPENTING HIS SINS AND DECLARE THE SONG A GODLY SACRED SONG.

I blogged on some other BNP ecclesiastics here, and on Nick Griffin’s decision to emphasise Christianity as a “new dimension of our struggle” here.

(Name variation: James Kamau N. Gitau)