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Controversial preacher who claims prayer can change a person’s sexuality to speak in Ireland

Cian Murray

Published 12/08/2016 | 21:23

Angus Buchan will be sharing his views in The Hub venue in Kilkenny on August 24.
Angus Buchan will be sharing his views in The Hub venue in Kilkenny on August 24.

A controversial preacher who has been criticised for his views on homosexuality and the treatment of women will be speaking at an event in Kilkenny later this month.

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Angus Buchan, a South African Christian evangelist whose rhetoric bears similarities to the American Religious Right, will be sharing his views at The Hub in Kilkenny on August 24.

Buchan, who has a newsletter on his website which states that "Christianity is not for sissies", is described on the venue’s website as a “man of a humble farming background” who will be “an encouragement for all on their journey with god.”

This is despite suggesting in a 2008 press conference that prayer could change a person's sexuality, when he said: “I love (homosexuals) though, but they need help. We have prayed for them and God has changed their hearts.”

Buchan is also due to share his views at several conferences in the UK, despite protests from UK LGBTI groups.

Speaking with KaleidoScot, Melanie Nathan, Executive Director of The African Human Rights Coalition knocked Buchan's preaching, by saying: “Countries which respect LGBTI rights and women’s dignity should deny Buchan a platform for the hate that so often incites abuse and violence.”

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