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On Tuesday, Rwanda deported an evangelical preacher from the USA to his homeland. Statements at his church and radio station had already drawn criticism from human rights activists.
Gregg Schoof had run a church and radio station in the East African country, which were closed last year after a hate speech against women. On Monday, police arrested him as he held a press conference on the open street in the capital, Kigali, and distributed a statement. In it, he accused the government of paganism for teaching evolution in schools, distributing condoms and allowing abortions, reported Rwanda's government newspaper, The New Times.
Church and radio station
According to the U.S. newspaper "New York Times," Schoof moved to Rwanda with his family 16 years ago. There he had founded a Baptist church as well as the radio station "Amazing Grace.
In late January 2018, the station aired a sermon that was sharply criticized by human rights activists, describing women as the incarnation of evil. The Rwandan media regulator had subsequently revoked the station's broadcasting license a few months later.
Church already closed
Moreover, in February of this year, the authorities had closed his church. She, like hundreds of other closed free churches, had been accused of violations of building laws and noise pollution. A new work permit was denied Schoof. Since July, according to the Rwandan authorities, he was in the country illegally. That's why he was expelled Tuesday.