Sometimes it’s weirdly satisfying to see non-American politicians make completely ridiculous comments. Well, David Silvester, a local councillor for the anti-immigration UK Independence Party (UKIP) gave us just that when he blamed the recent storms and floods across Britain on the government’s decision to legalize gay marriage.
David Silvester, a longtime homophobe who defected from David Cameron’s Conservative Party last year in protest of the PM’s same-sex marriage policies, took to his local newspaper to make his point.
“I wrote to David Cameron in April 2012 to warn him that disasters would accompany the passage of his same-sex marriage bill,” David Silvester wrote.
“It is his (Cameron’s) fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods,” the Henley-on-Thames councillor added.
“He has arrogantly acted against the Gospel that once made Britain ‘great’ and the lesson surely to be learned is that no man or men, however powerful, can mess with Almighty God with impunity and get away with it, for everything a nation does is weighed on the scale of divine approval or disapproval.”
At first the UK Independence Party seemed totally fine with Silvester’s letter, saying the councillor’s views were “not the party’s belief” but that he was entitled to state his opinions.
Then he took it too far. Ignoring his party’s request to quit the homophobic interviews, Silvester went on BBC Radio proclaiming that being gay was a “spiritual disease” that can be healed and likened abortion laws to the Holocaust.
Apparently that crossed the line and UKIP used its emergency powers to suspend Silvester before he embarrassed the party any more. And this is a party that has seen it’s fair share of embarrassment. In September, MEP Godfrey Bloom was forced to quit UKIP after he joked that a group of UKIP women who did not clean behind their fridges were “sluts” and refered to countries receiving government aid as “Bongo Bongo Land”.
Piece of advice to the UKIP party: vet your candidates better and maybe you’ll finally win a seat.
Via: The Telegraph