A Jehovah’s Witness leader in America has used the promotion of a child safety cartoon as an excuse to go on a homophobic rant, accusing gay men of being sexual predators and a “plague of the new morality”.

“Jehovah’s Witnesses take a stronger position than most on the spiritual inappropriateness of any form of immorality,” Tony Morris, a member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses tells viewers.

“As a religious organization, we have taken a decisive stand against such behaviour.”

Morris also claims that other religious bodies haven’t appreciated the “magnitude” of child abuse in their organisations.

“Others,” he says, “knew of the problem and covered it up.”

But not the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Morris argues, citing articles from a religious magazine published in June of 1982. Believing these writings were prescient, Morris proudly reads names of articles about “kiddie porn” and child abuse, and links being gay to molesting children.

To defend against what Morris calls a “plague of the new morality,” the religious leader is promoting a new promotional video to train kids in getting out of dangerous situations especially with “homosexual men” Morris says, who believe they have “the right to use boys for sex.”

Mr Morris is no stranger to making outrageous, homophobic statements. Just last year, he warned against wearing tight trousers,  as “they’re designed by homosexuals”.

“What’s happened now is that it’s really caught on more – the tight suit jacket and the tight pants. Better known as tight pants. They are tight all the way down to the ankles. It’s not appropriate. It’s not sound of mind,” Morris ranted, clearly enraged by modern men’s fashion.

“The homosexuals that are designing these clothes – they’d like you in tight pants.”

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