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Not Just a US Phenomenon

That is, politicians blaming homosexuality for natural disasters.

Via the BBC:   UKIP suspends councillor who blamed flooding on gay marriage

Councillor David Silvester from Henley-on-Thames defected from the Conservatives to the UK Independence Party

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In the letter to the Henley Standard he wrote: "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 added: "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 is his fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods."

The UKIP is more in damage control mode.  Via The Guardian:

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. The move came as leader Nigel Farage launched a clearout of "extremist, nasty or barmy" views from the party ahead of polls in May.

On Sunday he caused fresh controversy telling BBC Radio Berkshire that being gay was a "spiritual disease" that can be healed.

In terms of other recent example of statements from UKIP members that might be of concern (back to the BBC piece):

In September, MEP Godfrey Bloom quit the UKIP group in the European parliament after joking that a group of UKIP women who did not clean behind their fridges were "sluts".

He had previously faced criticism for referring to countries receiving government aid as "Bongo Bongo Land".

Along these lines, via Sky NewsUKIP To Purge Extreme Candidates Before Poll.

The UKIP is a small party in the UK which is predominantly known as being Eurospectics.  They have seats in the EU parliament, but not the House of Commons.  There website is here.

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About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. He is the author of Voting Amid Violence: Electoral Democracy in Colombia and is currently working on a comparative study of the US to 29 other democracies. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging at PoliBlog since 2003. Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. Gustopher says:

    In September, MEP Godfrey Bloom quit the UKIP group in the European parliament after joking that a group of UKIP women who did not clean behind their fridges were “sluts”.

    There are so many British euphemisms that I have never dreamed of…

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  2. Dave D says:

    I guess we’ll have to wait for idiotic American politicians to be suspended or possib ly voted out for saying dumb shit here.

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  3. Franklin says:

    @Gustopher: I wasn’t sure if we’d get anything funnier than the typical British absurdity demonstrated in the quote, but you, sir, have done it.

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  4. Andre Kenji says:

    By the way, the have fans in this side of the Atlantic:

    https://www.google.com.br/search?q=UKIP+national+review&rlz=1C1PRFB_enBR499BR499&oq=UKIP+national+review&aqs=chrome..69i57.3574j0j4&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8

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  5. al-Ameda says:

    MEP Godfrey Bloom quit the UKIP group in the European parliament after joking that a group of UKIP women who did not clean behind their fridges were “sluts”.

    On a somewhat positive note, at least he didn’t joke about “legitimate rape.”

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  6. Electroman says:

    @Gustopher: Heh, yes. The original meaning of the word “slut” is someone who’s messy, regardless of their sexual mores or lack thereof (ref: OED). However, there are few on this side of the pond who know this, and I suspect that it’s not common knowledge over there, either.

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