I'm very sorry, says gay health warning clergyman
'Full and complete' apology for tattoo slur
The chaplain to the London Stock Exchange has offered a "full and complete" apology for suggesting on his blog that gay men should carry tattooed health warnings.
The Rev Peter Mullen, who's also rector of St Sepulchre without Newgate and St Michael's Cornhill, caused a bit of rumpus by declaring: "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."
According to the Evening Standard, he backtracked yesterday with: "I realise that the remarks were injudicious and I have caused offence. I was not actually meaning to criticise individual homosexual persons, but the promoters of gay culture."
Whether that's an end to the matter remains to be seen. Gay rights group Stonewall has called for Mullen's resignation over the outrage, and the Diocese of London said earlier this week in a statement: "These comments are now being looked at internally within the Diocese and he faces disciplinary procedures." ®
Personally can't see what the problem is. If I'm going to sleep with a man I'd like to know if he was gay or not. Euw, gay men. Not my cup of tea. Now give me a straight one any day of the week. Just don't tell the wife.....
Paris, as even she's got more sense than to make idiotic plank boy comments like that.
If this Francis Offord character actually exists, I guess he's one of those bitter little people who can't really enjoy something if they think that everyone else might also be enjoying it, or thinks that something isn't worth having unless he can convince himself that other people are plotting to take it away from him.
Vicars, pooves, sudden death
Fellatio kills? I never realised! My missus is obviously in for a long life but my bit-on-the-side is staring into the grave.
The anti-vicar lot should lighten up. The reverend was attempting humour - tactless humour, I grant you.
Many of the anti-gay comments are just ill-disguised prejudice. But funny.
Francis Offord - if he exists - is particularly hilarious. That or he's a complete nutter.