Monday, 6 October 2008

How not to blog – by a Church of England vicar

Dear reader, our blog has moved to a new address.

Do come on over (and change your bookmarks accordingly):

Wow, this is shocking to say the least. The Guardian reports that Reverend Peter Mullen, chaplain to the London Stock Exchange, is facing disciplinary action over the content of his blog, which contained comments about homosexuals and Muslims that were, well, distasteful to say the least.

The blog's no longer online, but it's too late anyway as the key quotes have survived and made it into the news. Here's a rundown:
On homosexuality – "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."
On the Hajj (Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca) – "They usually manage to stampede and slaughter quite a few hundred of their co-religionists. Just imagine for a moment what a field day the BBC and the leftwing press in England would have if anything even remotely as bad as that happened in Vatican Square at Christmas or Easter." (He also referred to any possible deaths as "agreeable carnage")
On Muslims in general – "[They] certainly lend themselves to ridicule: sticking their arses in the air five times a day. How about a few little choruses, 'Randy Muslims when they die/Find 70 virgins in the sky'?"
Apparently the Bishop of London was alerted to all this back in June, merely promising to "have a word", but now he's probably wishing he's taken further action at the time. As for Rev Mullen, he seems unrepentant. You see, he was just indulging in some "light-hearted jokes" in the grand "tradition of English satire":
"I wrote some satirical things on my blog and anybody with an ounce of sense of humour or any understanding of the tradition of English satire would immediately assume that they're light-hearted jokes. I certainly have nothing against homosexuals. Many of my dear friends have been and are of that persuasion. What I have got against them is the militant preaching of homosexuality."


Tom Rees said...

"Many of my dear friends have been and are of that persuasion"

Of course they were. He is a vicar, after all...

Steven Carr said...

'And when being militant means not bomb-throwing but preaching, promoting, living and advertising the Christian faith, then we should all be militants.'

SO what has he got against other 'militants'?

Father David Heron said...

The man should be made Poet Laureate

Anonymous said...

Well then, in the good old tradition of English satire, I say put the old religious bigot on a pile of faggots and set light to him.

James Graham (Quaequam Blog!) said...

This is the man who has been providing the London Stock Exchange with moral guidence in recent years? It does explain a few things...