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Lawmaker Suspended After Claiming British Floods are God's Punishment for Gay Marriage: AUDIO


A UK Independence Party councillor has been suspended after claiming that recent floods in the country were the result of the government's decision to legalize same-sex marriage, The Telegraph reports:

David Silvester claimed the country had been "beset by storms" since the passage of the new law on gay marriage because David Cameron had acted "arrogantly against the Gospel".

He was suspended by the party after defying a request not to do further interviews on his beliefs following his initial claims made in a letter to a local newspaper.

Henley-on-Thames councillor Mr Silvester said he had warned the Prime Minister of "repercussions" if gay marriage had gone ahead and told BBC Radio Berkshire his daily prayers convinced him the recent flooding was the consequence.

He said the new law, paving the way for the first gay marriages in Britain this spring, was the latest mistake which would anger God - following on from abortion laws, which he likened to the Holocaust.

In the radio interview, which followed his initial claims about the link between flooding and gay marriage in a letter to the Henley Standard, Mr Silvester said: "I don't have a problem with gay people.

"I believe as a Christian I should love gay people and indeed, I do. My prayer for them is they will be healed."

Listen to the BBC radio interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. His opinions would be moderate by Republicxxt standards in the USA.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jan 20, 2014 9:46:01 AM

  2. There's nothing worse than an angry god.....

    (Yes, that's sarcasm)

    Posted by: james st. james | Jan 20, 2014 9:51:07 AM

  3. ...unless it's a jackass in public office.

    (not sarcasm)

    Posted by: james st. james | Jan 20, 2014 9:52:43 AM

  4. You can equate any two topics if you work hard enough.

    I breezed through red lights this morning with no problem, therefore God was telling me to go ahead with gay marriage.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Jan 20, 2014 9:53:11 AM

  5. Is David Silvester a gay icon?

    Posted by: Bobby Hankinson | Jan 20, 2014 10:14:39 AM

  6. Too much of a nutter extremist for the UKIP? Wow, that takes skill and preparation.

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | Jan 20, 2014 10:41:57 AM

  7. Hey, Greg in Seattle:

    I know you must be happy after yesterday's win.

    You see, I may be a sissy queen, but love my football.
    And I love Wilson (can't remember his first name)....but I love Kapernick also. And the old man, Peyton Manning, I like him too.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 20, 2014 10:48:22 AM

  8. don't pray for us to be "healed", stop being anti-gay. it's that simple.
    the only rough aspect of being is being gay in a still-anti-gay world culture. that's it, that's all.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 20, 2014 10:53:24 AM

  9. yah. He looks about as bright and sounds about as insightful and intelligent as his American colleagues.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Jan 20, 2014 11:07:17 AM

  10. Last time I looked, actually stepping over the thing, the threshold of the door to my apartment (nearly 1 meter below sea level) here in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, still hadn't flooded...

    Posted by: NaomiClareNL | Jan 20, 2014 11:47:48 AM

  11. Pat Robertson your replacement is here.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 20, 2014 12:23:38 PM

  12. But he loves us. That's good, right? ;)

    Posted by: Gigi | Jan 20, 2014 1:19:15 PM

  13. how fantastic! Another Christian that "loves" us, but hates the sin and prays that we are healed......ah, stop praying for us and pray for yourself that you may get a brain some day

    Posted by: Bernie | Jan 20, 2014 1:23:05 PM

  14. There's a long tradition of highly eccentric UK MP's, but normally it's their bizarre fashion sense or something that they get known for. This is more like US-style rhetoric.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 20, 2014 1:28:00 PM

  15. The whole thing has now been well ridiculed by the very funny @ukipweather on Twitter which has now twice as many followers as UKIP's own account in less than 24 hours and is making headlines in the press here. If we know nothing else it is that you get rid of these ideas with a good dose of British humour.

    Posted by: Jacrobat | Jan 20, 2014 1:28:49 PM

  16. The wonderful UKIP Shipping Forecast on Soundcloud.

    Posted by: Jacrobat | Jan 20, 2014 1:31:36 PM

  17. @ David Silvester; can you say CONFIRMATION BIAS?!

    Posted by: bronze | Jan 20, 2014 2:50:53 PM

  18. @NaomiClareNL : your Rotterdam apartment hasn't flooded because they replaced the mythical Dutch boy who saved the town by putting his finger in a hole in a dike with gay guys who used something other than their fingers.

    (Any replies to this comment, of course, could tell us about what people assume is used, which would be an indication of what is on their minds.)

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 20, 2014 8:52:11 PM

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