Dr. Munroe was a Bahamian Evangelical Christian
evangelist and ordained Pentecostal minister who founded
and led the Bahamas Faith Ministries International and
Myles Munroe International (MMI). He was chief executive
officer and chairman of the board of the International
Third World Leaders Association and president of the
International Leadership Training Institute as well as
the author of numerous books.
Wikipedia - In March 2014, Munroe was criticized
publicly in a press statement by Bahamian Foreign
Minister Fred Mitchell for comments he had made about
the government's positions regarding the rights of gays,
lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered individuals in
the LGBT community in the
Munroe had stated that Mitchell's support of LGBT
persons in the Bahamas does not
“represent the majority of the convictions of the
Mitchell responded by claiming, "Once again Dr. Myles
Munroe has returned to a theme he does not understand
and obviously which he has no knowledge." Mitchell went
on in the statement to reference what he regarded as
Munroe's "...absolute stupidity and willful deceit is
parading around in the pulpit disguised as theology."
Mitchell's comments were in direct response to Munroe's
claim that Mitchell's support of LGBT persons in the
does not “represent the majority of the convictions of
the Bahamian people”.
September 2014, Munroe again stirred controversy in the
when he made comments in a statement titled
"Homosexuality - Phobia or Principle". In the statement,
Munroe claimed people have "hijacked" and "raped" the
civil rights movement with efforts to fight for the
rights of those in the LGBT community. The statement
from Munroe was in response to a gay pride event that
took place the last weekend of August 2014.
Local gay rights and civil rights spokespersons stated
they were shocked and alarmed by Munroe's statement.
Joseph Gaskins, former lecturer at the College of the
Bahamas, called his
position on homosexuality and civil rights hypocritical
in light of Munroe's then-recent visit with polygamist
South African President Jacob Zuma.