• UKIP councillor blames storms and floods on gay marriage

    OK, so this sort of thing is what you would usually expect from rabid Republican senators. Anyway, looks like that sort of behaviour has traversed the Atlantic. Let me just get this out of the way first – AAAAARRRGGGGHHHH! Fuckwit!

    Anyway, the BBC:

    Councillor David Silvester
    Councillor David Silvester from Henley-on-Thames had defected from the Tories to UKIP

    A UKIP councillor has blamed the recent storms and heavy floods across Britain on the Government’s decision to legalise gay marriage.

    David Silvester said the Prime Minister had acted “arrogantly against the Gospel”.

    In a letter to his local paper he said he had warned David Cameron the legislation would result in “disaster”.

    UKIP said Mr Silvester’s views were “not the party’s belief” but defended his right to state his opinions.

    Divine retribution

    Mr Silvester, from Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, defected from the Tories in protest at David Cameron’s support for same-sex unions.

    In the 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.”

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

    “But 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.”

    He then went to on blame the Prime Minister for the bad weather:

    “It is his fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods.”

    He went on to say that no man, however powerful “can mess with Almighty God with impunity and get away with it”.

    A UKIP spokeswoman said: “It is quite evident that this is not the party’s belief but the councillor’s own and he is more than entitled to express independent thought despite whether or not other people may deem it standard or correct.”

    Independent thought made the UK “a wonderful, proud, diverse and free country”.

    Henley’s Tory MP John Howell, said: “I thought Mr Silvester’s letter was not the sort of thing that he should have written in today’s age.

    “He really needs to consider his position.”


    [UPDATE: Councillor suspended]

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    Article by: Jonathan MS Pearce

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    • Miika H

      Silvester is, in a sense, quite daring to make such a suggestion. He just gave a test implication for “the scriptures” (I suppose that means the Bible), and even called it an abundantly clear one. Someone could do an empirical investigation and see if abandoning faith in fact leads to increased natural disasters. If it doesn’t, Silvester would have to conclude that observation doesn’t agree with the scriptures, and since the prediction is abundantly clear, it would be difficult to avoid the conclusion that the scriptures are wrong.

      He probably didn’t understand he was opening himself up to that possibility.

    • Seth R. Massine

      Well, thankfully I know of many good lumber stores. Anyone game for helping me round up all animals into pairs?

    • Kuze81

      Ugh that’s so stupid. Attributing poor weather to morality!
      Besides, everyone knows the poor weather is due to our greedy consumerism.

    • Luca

      Can i make an educated inquiry about his interpretation of what “the Scriptures say? as a Ministers Son i can honestly say there is nothing that speaks out against gay marriage, there is however dozens of references to be intolerant and ultimately unfair to your fellow man. sorry dude.

      • Luca

        not being intolerant… sorry bad grammar there

        • Not sure there was much tolerance for the Amelakites… for their women, children and animals….

          • Luca

            Fair point, man is not perfect, that includes David in his campaign against the Amelakite people, but the fact remains, the teachings in the New Testament (the part of the Bible that actually applies to the present day despite the harshness of the Old) speak of Tolerance and “Loving your Neighbor” rather than blaming uncontrollable things on people out of fear and malice.

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