UKIP’s David Silvester – Bronze Age Bigotry

UKIP (and former Tory) councillor David Silvester is blaming the recent floods on Gay Marriage.

“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 said.

“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.

It makes it a hell of a lot harder to be a Christian in Britain when you have to share a faith with idiots like him. This is the sort of nonsense you expect from the Talibanesque backwoods of the American bible belt, but I’d like to think that we Britons had moved beyond this sort of nonsense.

My faith tells me that solidarity with LGBT friends, some of whom are Christians themselves trumps the “feelings” of stupid bigots like David Silvester. I am a mere layman, not given the power of Excommunication, but for me, David Silvester and others like hims are not Christians and should not be described as such. He’s still living the Bronze Age for starters.

If he ever read his Bible he would know there are many more passages telling us how to treat the poor than there are about sexuality.

It is telling that UKIP have refused to condemn his statement, instead issuing a weasel-worded statement drawing a bogus distinction between personal religious beliefs and political policies. Which is of course, complete bullshit, but that’s UKIP for you.

If you’re still tempted to vote for this bunch of swivel-eyed loons at the next election, remind yourself that David Sylvester represents their core values.

Update: After the national media ran with this, UKIP have done an abrupt U-turn and suspended David Silvester from the party.

An earlier version of this post spelled Mr Silvester’s name wrong. Now corrected.

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8 Responses to UKIP’s David Silvester – Bronze Age Bigotry

  1. Lynda Rank says:

    Although not a follower of UKIP, we should all heed David Silverster’s warning. Romans 1/18 For the wrath of God (the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ) is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. All people should be treated with respect, but God’s word shows clearly what is truth. Please study His word diligently.

  2. Tim Hall says:

    Anybody can quote random verses of scripture out of context to justify some deeply-held cultural prejudice. I stand by my assention that anyone who claims hating LGBT people is a central article of faith is not a very good Christian.

    I’m going to have a king prawn stir-fry for dinner tonight. According to Leviticus, which some people seem to elevate above The Gospels, eating prawns is as sinful as gay sex. So clearly I’m going straight to Hell.

  3. People are loopy, independent of race, colour, creed or political beliefs…

  4. Lynda Rank says:

    The good news is that we can all have our sin forgiven. The Lord Jesus Christ loves us so much that He was willing to pay the price for all sin when crucified on the cross and shedding His precious blood which cleanses us from all unrighteousness. All we have to do is go to Him and ask for His forgiveness. Then read the bible and get to know Him.

  5. It’s almost as if she isn’t listening to a word you say!
    “The only way you’re going to get people to agree with you is if they agree with you already” – Frank Zappa

  6. Tim Hall says:

    It’s standard Evangelical boiler-plate. Theologially correct, but totally irrelevant to any of the previous discussion.

    No discussion of whether or not eating prawns is sinful (They were delicious, by the way, with spring onions and hoi-sin & garlic sauce). Irony and satire are clearly wasted on some people.

  7. Kev Dearn says:

    Were you wearing a shirt made from mixed fibres while eating said prawns?

  8. Michael says:

    I cannot get my head round the argument that permitting gay marriage causes floods.

    I do believe in a Creator God. I believe He wrote various Physical Laws, and I believe that our understanding of those laws is incomplete. Included in those laws are bits about what happens as the atmosphere changes. Various natural things like storms have more energy in them and do more damage when they affect land. Weather patterns change and more water gets evaporated and then dropped elsewhere.

    I do not claim the floods are any form of Divine Judgement, but it could be that they are self-inflicted injuries caused by our abuse of the planet. Quite who has done what wrong is way too complicated to unravel now. Is the person who put the last straw on the camel’s back more guilty than the person who put the bale on?

    It’s just not useful to argue about who did what.
    What is useful is working out who is going to do what about it.
    Can the Somerset Levels be fixed?
    London is sinking. We have a few decades before the existing defences will fail, but when they do what will our children have?
    I believe all of us are but stewards of this planet.
    Eventually I will be called to answer for what I have done, and if God dislikes the way other folk live their lives and express love then He is quite capable of getting involved at the personal level with them. If He does, or does not, do this it is no business of mine. He simply does not need to flood the houses of uninvolved third parties to make that sort of point. Permitting us to cause floods is an entirely different thing.