A controversial televangelist is now off-air in Australia’s capital cities after he made one anti-gay comment too many.
Pentecostal powerhouse Kenneth Copeland (pictured with his wife) has been a regular God-bothering feature of Network Ten’s overnight infomercial line-up for several years – but the network says it has had to pull the plug on his show Believer’s Voice of Victory after a viewer complained about the host’s homophobia.
“The reason God condemned homosexuality is because of the severe attack it has on the fabric of the blessing, life, all that God created,” said Copeland in an episode broadcast back in June, points out TVTonight.com.au.
A guest in the episode, evangelical minister David Barton, agreed with the host: “Not only does God not approve homosexuality, it says he does not approve of those who approve homosexuality.”
An Australian viewer pointed out that the discussion, which was broadcast around three o’clock in the morning, was offensive and went against the TV Industry Code of Practice.
Ten agreed, as the Code of Practice points out that a broadcast show “should not provoke or perpetuate intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule against a person or group of persons on the grounds of age, colour, gender, national or ethnic origin, disability, race, religion or sexual preference.”
Ten pulled the show, which apparently is still on-air in some Australian regional channels and on PayTV’s Australian Christian Channel.
Kenneth Copeland’s Ministries have labeled Ten’s decision “religious discrimination” and is urging faithful followers to lobby the TV network.