London Chaplain: Tattoo Gays with Sodomy Warnings


Reverend Peter Mullen, the Chaplain to the London Stock Exchange, is under fire for suggesting that gays be branded with sodomy warning tattoos:

Said Mullen: “It is time that religious believers began to recommend … discouragements of homosexual practices after the style of warnings on cigarette packets. Let us make it obligatory for homosexuals to have their backsides tattooed with the slogan ‘SODOMY CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH’ and their chins with ‘FELLATIO KILLS’.”

Mullen also called for the banning of gay pride parades, and wrote a poem mocking the recent blessing of the union of two gay priests by Reverend Martin Dudley.

The Evening Standard reports: “The poem begins: ‘The Bishop of London is in a high huff, Because Dr Dudley has married a puff; And not just one puff – he’s married another: Two priests, two puffs and either to other.’ The ceremony, which took place in the summer, was roundly condemned by the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, as a breach of Church of England rules.”

The Bishop of London called Mullen’s marks “highly offensive” and gay rights group Stonewall UK is calling for Mullen’s resignation.

Gay men should have sodomy warning tattoos [evening standard]


  1. bosie says

    Ewww…. i woud be pissed if i was repressed and was ugly in and out…I’VE SAID THIS BEFORE…..THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO LOVE HITTLER AND WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ANOTHER CONCENTRATION AND MASACRE….THESE PEOPLE DON’T LEARN. I hope people realize this and throw him out…HIPOCRITE BASTARD!~

  2. Chapeau says

    Crispy beat me to it !! Great minds and all that …

    But we had exactly the same thought — according to his logic all Priests would be labeled as Sex Offenders and a danger to be around children.

    If you haven’t seen Bill Maher’s Religulous — go see it!

    Its high time religion was relegated to mythology status.

  3. Carlos says

    Poor little man, his soul missing, and his brain, well, whatever is inside in his head, so pathetic. The sad part for us, there’s this kind of people in power positions.

  4. Ted says

    Is it conceivable he was joking as he seems to be saying? I doubt it.

    I say we tatoo “douchebag” in rainbow colors across his forehead. Apparently, thinking can be bad for one’s health.

  5. the queen says

    well i for one certainly agree that being a fag can be dangerous to one’s health… i’ve certainly had a few close calls in my time… but i dunno about the tattoos… maybe something like those stickers you see on bread in the supermarkets…

  6. Graham Anderson says

    The blog has now been taken down, but Google’s cache shows the offending article to be thus:

    Matthew Parris

    Matthew Parris is wilfully refusing to give his readers his opinion about the recent “gay wedding” and about relationships between the church and homosexuals generally. He says, “When it comes to the church, synagogue or mosque, if you think the whole thing ridiculous, its hard to get excited about the ridiculousness of a subset of it. I should feel the same if morris dancers or the British Astrological Society tried to exclude gays.”

    So, for Parris, the views of billions of Christians, Jews and Muslims worldwide are of no more consequence than a couple of obscure sectional interests. From what point of privileged judgement does he thus discount 4000 years of civilisation? The great world religions have survived the criticisms of far more intelligent and better informed opponents than the ignorant upstart Parris. There is a whole history and literature of distinguished apologetics for religious belief, but Parris will attend to none of it – sufficient only to attract his disdain is mainstream religion’s disapproval of homosexual acts.

    Since Parris will not dirty his hands by entering theological discussions with his readers, perhaps I might answer for religious believers in the purely utilitarian terms which even the lofty Parris is bound to engage with. We disapprove of homosexuality because it is clearly unnatural, a perversion and corruption of natural instincts and affections, and because it is a cause of fatal disease. The AIDS pandemic was originally caused by promiscuous homosexual behaviour. Such promiscuity is itself an evil because its perpetrators merely use others indiscriminately for their own gratification, treating their fellows as sex objects and as means to an end rather than as ends in themselves. I should have thought that Parris, having rejected religious belief, might want to construct his moral beliefs on this Kantian humanistic imperative. But I suspect he is not really interested in morality of any kind – except as a special plea to excuse his lust for gratification at whatever cost to human dignity and the sanctity of human life.

    It is time that religious believers began to recommend specific utilitarian discouragements of homosexual practices after the style of warnings on cigarette packets: Let us make it obligatory for homosexuals to have their backsides tattooed with the slogan SODOMY CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH and their chins with FELLATIO KILLS. In addition the obscene “gay pride” parades and carnivals should be banned for they give rise to passive corruption, comparable to passive smoking. Young people forced to witness these excrescences are corrupted by them.

    Let me continue the comparison with smoking which is banned in most public places. Those committing homosexual acts in public places – such behaviour being a crime in any case under the Homosexual Reform Act of 1967 – should be arrested, tried and punished. Parks, open spaces and public lavatories would at once become more wholesome places. There ought to be teaching films shown in sex education classes in all our schools. These would portray acts of sodomy and the soundtrack would reinforce the message that it is a filthy practice ending with the admonition: “We do, after all, know the importance of washing our hands after going to the lavatory.”

    But I should like to turn Parris’ disdain for religion back on to him. If I consider that homosexual practices are vile, why should I concern myself with subsets of their aspects? I might as well concern myself with other minor irrelevancies such as the Doris Day fanclub and polo-neck sweaters

  7. David T says

    Gone are the days I respond directly to idiots who espouse violence toward gays. I just make sure I’m always prepared for anyone who thinks they might want to harm me for any reason. I certainly wouldn’t go down quietly.

  8. LD says

    Who let this freak out of the belltower?

    Yet another so-called religious person who seems to be dripping with evil, completely without the slightest regard for human dignity or decency toward his fellow man.

    I wonder why Bill Maher passed this douchebag over in Religulous.

  9. DD says

    You would hope that someone who has lived with a facial disfigurement would appreciate the value of tolerance. But no – the wonky faced little godbotherer.

  10. David B. says

    I have a large pink triangle tattooed on my left wrist and keep it visible at all times – is that good enough?

    Organized religion IS the hell on Earth and the source of ALL HATE AND PAIN! – nutbag bitch!

  11. Stephen says

    hmmm… I really don’t think this is what Nathaniel Hawthorne was thinking about in 1850… then again… I bet if this crackpot insisted and deemed it mandatory to have a Scarlet Letter tattooed onto the foreheads of any straights found cheating on their partners – he’d be stoned to death in a town square! And while I’m at it, I love the way “they” insist that “they” must save the ‘institution” of marriage – why blame gays for that? Hell, ban divorce! Make it illegal for married couples to get divorced – and if they break the law – tattoo them as well! IMHO…

  12. Leland Frances says

    Let us remember what those many commentators and print pundits who shamelessly wept public tears at the death this past February of slithery-tongued neo fascist William F. Buckley, Jr., chose not to: that he suggested some quarter century ago—in the “New York Times,” in fact—that “Everyone detected with AIDS should be tattooed in the upper forearm to prevent common needle users, and on the buttocks, to prevent the victimization of homosexuals.” As IF he carried about

    Lest anyone think he’d later mellowed, just three years ago he wrote with the sophomoric affectation that most confused with eloquence:

    “Someone, 20 years ago, suggested a discreet tattoo the site of which would alert the prospective partner to the danger of proceeding as had been planned. But the author of the idea was treated as though he had been schooled in Buchenwald, and the idea was not widely considered, but maybe it is up now for reconsideration.”

    Too late to reward Herr Buckley, but, in my devotion to the Old Testament, might I humbly suggest that Rev. Mullin be clubbed to death like a baby seal?

  13. TooBoot says

    I do say his face would make an excellent mask for a Halloween costume. I could go as a scary pedophilic priest that all the little alter boys run from. No wonder he’s so bitter. He can’t get his “flock” to follow him into the belfry to let him diddle them. Ah, poor pathetic man.

  14. anon says

    So, he’s perfectly willing to show kids sex-ed movies of sodomy, but not allow them to attend gay pride marches. I could just imagine the propaganda movies they could create, sort of like those “Death at High Speed” road accident films you get in drivers-ed. Priests are expected to be rather strict in their outlook, but his is an opinion too far.

  15. Christopher says

    Holy SHIT! That freaky mutant baby from Total Recall is a PRIEST now! Wowsers…

    Yeah…just another example about how sick and twisted religion has become. This sick jerk took a religion based on love and compassion and is using it to bash people he doesn’t like.

    If Jesus does come back to Earth, he’s gonna throat-punch this douchebag.

  16. Sargon Bighorn says

    WOW anyone that would suggest tattooing another human Nazi concentration fashion needs to be censored by his Government. But like so many countries, the Religious leaders get away with literal murder and are never brought to justice. That has got to end.

  17. nikko says

    How is it that all the commentators can only hurl insults back and not present one shred of moral evidence for our homosexuality??! How is that convincing that “gay is good” to the world? And what about anal sex-surely it has crossed your minds how dirty and painful iI can be-no? I don’t understand how so many gay men flippantly avoid head on debate, tackling the very uncomfortable enigma of our sexuality.

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