"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."24 hours, stories in most newspapers, items across the blogosphere and a ticking off from his Bishop later and this is what he has to say:
"I did not intend to cause any upset but I realise that the remarks were injudicious and I have caused offence. I want to issue an apology. I did not intend to cause offence when I made some joking remarks about homosexuals. I was not actually meaning to criticise individual homosexual persons, but the promoters of gay culture. However, my remarks have caused offence and for this I am sorry and make a full and complete apology."Well, it's a step in the right direction, but "promoters of gay culture"? The next step would be for him to clarify exactly what he means by that. Either that or just go and join Christian Voice.
Update: Here's an idea – a satirical news site reports that, following Mullens' blog posts, the Church of England have "agreed to a reciprocal arrangement" for their clergy to receive tattoos: "We arrived at 'full of shit' after an extensive public consultation. Other popular suggestions were 'Ever so creepy' and 'I'm hard for Jesus'." [Thanks for the link Maria]