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Waitrose’s donation to bigot slammed

Waitrose’s donation to bigot slammed

UK Food retailer Waitrose is in the midst of a row this Christmas over a donation it made to a Christian café run in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, by Paul ‘Kill the Gays’ Shinners.

When it was reported by Pink News that the Cornerstone Café had received £330 for its Christmas Lunch event from a branch of Waitrose in the town, dozens of readers left comments expressing disgust.

This was typical of the anger expressed:

F*ck Waitrose! How dare they give legitimacy and money to a man who is partially responsible for the deaths and torture of countless LGBT in Uganda??? I say screw them! This is disgusting, and they show no regret whatsoever for what they are doing, that says ENOUGH!

Waitrose remained defiant over its decision to hand over the cash to Shinners, despite the fact that his café was exposed as a hotbed of homophobia after Shinners had travelled to Uganda in 2012 to incite hatred against homosexuals.

A  Waitrose spokesperson said:

This lunch was one of 300 Christmas events we’ve supported across the country as part of the Waitrose Christmas dinners campaign. The money Waitrose donated went to the Cornerstone Café to provide lunch for those who would otherwise be on their own at Christmas.

Let me strongly emphasise that Waitrose is an inclusive company, and our branches support thousands of community events across the country each year. It would be wrong to link this individual’s personal views with the community event that our St. Neots branch has supported.

The company later tweeted to “Rob71350” who expressed his anger over the donation:

This event was supported with the best intentions for local people & is in no way an expression of support for Mr Shinners’ views.

D B Law, a local activist who is currently raising funds for the production of a documentary about the spread of homophobia by mainly white evangelicals travelling to Africa, said he too “got the same thing” from Waitrose and emphasised:

They are not his personal views. They are actions. He uses his business and charity to fund his hate campaigns in Africa. He spoke in favour of genocide. The mass murder of LGBTs in Uganda. These are not views, but hate crimes. Waitrose has helped support and promote his business. They need to apologise and make reparations.

Pink News said that it understands that several customers had complained about the store’s decision to support Shinners’ Christmas Lunch event, and it had been “discussed” by its management who were aware of his views before the donation was made.

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Earlier this year, a large demonstration by mainly gay Ugandans took place outside outside Shinners’ establishment. Shinners, as the pic above, shows, was less than ecstatic when the police refused to disperse the demonstrators.

Editor’s note: Law’s GoFundMe campaign has so far reached just over £800. Please let’s help him reach his target of £1,200 by the New Year.

Hat tip: Angela K.

17 responses to “Waitrose’s donation to bigot slammed”

  1. barriejohn says:

    This event has garnered some positive publicity for The Shinnerman at last. Some might like to give him a call and thank him for his amazing generosity of spirit at this season of the year:

    http://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/st_neots_cafe_to_provide_free_christmas_dinner_to_those_with_nowhere_to_go_1_3888534

  2. TrickyDicky says:

    I am surprised nobody has left a suitable comment to the Huntspost article.

    Don’t forget, a Christian bigot is for life not just Christmas.

  3. Caute says:

    I have just resolved to never use Waitrose again and my Ocado account is now redundant.

  4. Caute says:

    Shinners is an excellent example of what religious dogmatic belief can do to to a bigot with lower quartile intelligence… Shame upon Waitrose…

  5. Stephen Mynett says:

    I have emailed Waitrose to express my disgust and inform them they have lost a customer. It will probably do no good but there excuses could be interesting, if they bother to reply.

  6. AgentCormac says:

    OT But it seems god isn’t too happy with the AoC this Christmas.
    http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30604249

  7. Broga says:

    @AgentCormac: It is the prayer thing. The AoC is not praying with sufficient intensity. Or maybe, as I suspect, he believes what is being preached with about the same level of acceptance as myself.

  8. John the Drunkard says:

    Of course, the other 90% of the Anglosphere will have to dig about to find out what the F*ck ‘waitrose’ IS/

  9. barriejohn says:

    UK Food retailer Waitrose

    First words of Barry’s article!

  10. Cali Ron says:

    To far back in article by now. Remember, he is a Drunkard, after all.

    “The most recent sermon given by the archbishop was earlier this month at a cathedral in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, which is in the grip of the deadly Ebola outbreak. ” You don’t suppose he pissed off his god and now he’s got …. “Vengence is mine, thus saith the Lord!” Christian believers are so silly!

  11. tammy says:

    please can you no use my little girls photo . its being put up every were . she has to live in the same town as him

  12. Barry Duke says:

    Tammy, you should be proud of your girl for taking a stand against the vile Shinners!

  13. tammy says:

    I no what this man is like . her photo is going around the world .

  14. tammy says:

    can I ask you how you got it please

  15. tammy says:

    im very proud of her .is there anyone on here that lives in st neots

  16. Barry Duke says:

    Certainly Tammy. It’s on the “Boycott Cornerstone’s” Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/mozqwby