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God Punishing England for Gay Rights Too

It seems that American wingnuts aren’t the only ones who like to blame gay people for bad weather. David Silvester, a legislator for the UK Independence Party, says that David Cameron is to blame for flooding there because of his support for marriage equality.

The Henley-on-Thames councillor said that the country had been “beset by storms” since the passage of the new law on gay marriage because Mr Cameron had acted “arrogantly against the Gospel”.

In a letter to the Henley Standard he wrote: “The scriptures make it abundantly clear that a Christian nation that abandons its faith and acts contrary to the Gospel (and in naked breach of a coronation oath) will be beset by natural disasters such as storms, disease, pestilence and war.

“I wrote to David Cameron in April 2012 to warn him that disasters would accompany the passage of his same-sex marriage bill.

He went ahead despite a 600,000-signature petition by concerned Christians and more than half of his own parliamentary party saying that he should not do so.”

Blaming the Prime Minister for the bad weather, he added: “It is his fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods.

“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 scaled of divine approval or disapproval.”

It’s almost reassuring to find out that we’re not alone in electing morons like this. Unfortunately, we elect enough of them to control entire state legislatures and one house of Congress.

Comments

  1. Dunc says

    He’s not really a “legislator”, he’s just a town councillor. And he has been suspended… Which is not to say that UKIP aren’t a bunch of nutters – they are, but they’re trying to keep a lid on their more “colourful” members, at least until the European Parliament elections are over.

  2. Wrath Panda says

    Clearly the point that we are missing in all this is that teh ghey have become so powerful that they can move the jet stream with but the merest wave of their glittery wands. It’s only a matter of time before they come for our children!

    Also, fuck UKIP. They’re basically the BNP with nicer suits.

  3. says

    Yeah, ’cause storms on an island nation in winter is completely unexpected. Must be the work of an omnipotent being throwing a temper tantrum. Wonder what all the other islands did wrong this year… and just about every year before this.

  4. eamick says

    As a result, Silvester was suspended from his work in the party: Ukip suspends councillor who claimed floods were caused by gay marriage, a fact that The Telegraph conveniently omits.

    The article Ed linked to appeared before the suspension, and The Telegraph did report the suspension in a later article. I don’t think much of that paper, but I will not accuse them of acting in bad faith when they didn’t.

  5. says

    So, the difference between the UK and the US is that, when a UK politician says something stupid, his party will suspend him, while in the US, it causes him to experience a surge in campaign donations.

  6. sigurd jorsalfar says

    If floods are punishment for allowing teh gays to marry, I wonder what the Blitz was punishment for?

  7. opposablethumbs says

    Eh, one for us to remember if we ever get tempted – rashly – to feel superior about our relative percentage of rabid right-wing homophobic religidiots in (local) government … ;-)

    Though I’m glad that at least the response has resulted in getting our very own goddidit councillor suspended.

  8. blf says

    So, the difference between the UK and the US is that, when a UK politician says something stupid, his party will suspend him, while in the US, it causes him to experience a surge in campaign donations.

    Not really. This is the UKIP, who are, not to put too fine a point on it, authoritarian xenophobic fascists. As someone else said, they are basically just the BNP sans a few objectionable public utterances / individuals. The BNP are nazis in all-but-name.

    The UKIP nutters are extreme, in ways even the USAlienstani thugs haven’t proposed. They haven’t had much success in the UK itself, but have had some success in being elected to the EU parliament (MEPs), which is a bit ironic seeing as one of their main demands is the UK leave the EU. (This MEP success is actually true of a lot of the far-right parties throughout the EU — most(? all?) of which are very anti-EU and/or anti-€ — and is very possibly a genuine conspiracy to further sabotage it from within.)

    A common guess is the real reason the fruitcake was suspended was to not scare away the voters prior to the EU parliament elections. The UKIP hasn’t mastered this tactic of stop digging yet; as one example, their grand poobah recently called women who work “worth less” than men.

    My own favourite tidbit about them (which may no longer be true?) is that Monckton is their “science” minister.

    (And there is the EDL(? “English Dumbfeck somethings”) who are even more extreme, and are perhaps the BNP in brownshirts and jackboots.)

  9. laurentweppe says

    Unfortunately, we elect enough of them to control entire state legislatures and one house of Congress

    Speaking of which, wasn’t one of the grievance of the american revolutionaries the fact that fanciful redistricting had allowed rich bastards to stack the deck of the House of Common in open defiance of the will of the governed?
    Funny how History makes fun of itself: nowadays, it’s in the US that massive gerrymandering allowed the creation of pocket districts and rigged congressional elections, yet the self-proclaimed heirs of Boston’s Tea Party actually support this situation.

  10. Synfandel says

    At least Mr. Silvester’s idiocy is expressed articulately. Most of the God’s wrath nonsense coming from American fundies is so poorly stated as to be practically unintelligible.

  11. Synfandel says

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  12. Wylann says

    If the UKIP’s hypothesis (yeah, I know) were remotely true, CA wouldn’t currently be experiencing the dry spell that it is.

  13. blf says

    caseloweraz. Thanks. I guess I should find a new concise example of just how loony the UKIP is.

    For my information, What happened? Who flounced or whatever?

  14. zmidponk says

    d.c. wilson:

    So, the difference between the UK and the US is that, when a UK politician says something stupid, his party will suspend him, while in the US, it causes him to experience a surge in campaign donations.

    Not always. David Cameron has said some monumentally idiotic things, and he’s leader of his party and Prime Minister.

  15. Moggie says

    Say what you like about UKIP, but at least they’ll split the right-wing vote, so it’s not all bad!

  16. AsqJames says

    Others above have compared UKIP to the BNP, and while there is much in common between these two parties there is one crucial difference.

    The BNP have pretty much always been a working class party, from leadership to membership to sympathisers. As such, the educated middle class, and importantly the media, mostly ignored them.

    UKIP grew out of disgruntled ex-tory Sir James Goldsmith’s Referendum Party. As might be indicated by the honorific, Sir Jammy Fishpaste (as Private Eye delighted in calling him) was a fully paid up member of the establishment, and thus “respectable”. Many of his heirs in the leadership of UKIP are drawn from similarly elevated strata of Britain’s vestigial class system (“Lord” Christopher Monckton), or from the professional classes (Nigel Farage is an ex-stock broker). This means they have access to, and the skills to exploit, much wider media exposure.

    Many of UKIP’s supporters may once have sympathised with the BNP’s message had it been given the same signal boost and/or had it not been promulgated by such terrible oiks (“Many of them even had regional accents old chap. I’m afraid it just won’t do.”)

    We are indeed fortunate that so many of UKIP’s members have turned out to be loonies and fruitcakes, else they may otherwise have gained much greater influence and be poised to gain even more at the next election.

  17. Nick Gotts says

    AsqJames@23 is right about the social backgrounds of UKIP leaders, but I’d also say they are not fascists: racist, xenophobic, sexist, homophobic reactionaries, yes, and highly unpleasant, but “fascist” has a specific meaning. The BNP leadership, OTOH, has always been fascist, indeed Nazi, in its ideology. You can’t effectively combat the far right without understanding them, and that means distinguishing between the different groups and ideologies.

  18. dingojack says

    Nick – so you don’t consider Benito Mussolini, Francisco Franco or António de Oliveira Salazar Fascists. Apparently they’re not Nazi enough. Good to know. @@
    Dingo

  19. Nick Gotts says

    dingojack@25,

    Try reading for comprehension. All Nazis are and were fascists, but not all fascists are or were Nazis: that’s why I said indeed Nazi. Nazism is a variant of fascism, which has as a core component an eliminationist antisemitism. Are you not aware that until he came under extreme pressure from Hitler, Mussolini’s Fascist party included Jews? Franco and Salazar are more complex cases. Franco was closely allied with fascists (the Falangists), but the main basis of his power was the military: in both Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, the military was subordinate to the ruling party. Salazar’s power base was more diffuse, with the Catholic Church being central to it. His own party was the “National Union”, and he banned the overtly fascist “National Syndicalist” party, although his rule had many fascist features. Things are sometimes a little more complex than the simple slogans of those who call any right-wing extremists “fascists” suggest.

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