Queen honours Christian nutter
A politician in Northern Ireland who blamed Hurricane Katrina on gay people and said Aids was the result of the “filthy practice of sodomy” has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year honours list.
The Independent reports that Maurice Mills – listed as “Alderman Maurice Turtle Mills” – was honoured “for services to local government”.
The Democratic Unionist Party councillor for Ballymena is described by his local newspaper – the Ballymena Times – as:
A committed born-again Christian.
Mills said that Katrina, which killed 1,300 people, was God’s revenge for an annual gay pride event called Southern Decadence. Clucked Mills:
The media failed to report that the hurricane occurred just two days prior to the annual homosexual event called the Southern Decadence festival which the previous year had attracted an estimated 125,000 people.
Surely this is a warning to nations where such wickedness is increasingly promoted and practised.
The comments prompted gay rights activists to stage a protest in Ballymena in early 2006, as well as demanding that Mills apologise. But Mills refused, and the DUP resisted calls to condemn them. He said:
There is a principle at stake here and that is homosexuality is a sin before almighty God. If I were to apologise for my comments then God would have to apologise.
Mills also reportedly said:
This abominable and filthy practice of sodomy has resulted in the great continent of Africa being riddled with Aids.
In its piece reacting to Mills’ recognition in the New Year honours list, the Ballymena Times commented:
Alderman Mills has courted controversy in his long career in local politics but was always known at a local level as a hard-working community representative with a keen appreciation of the need to keep in touch with the party’s grass roots.
In this report, Terry McFarlane, President of the Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association, said that the honour in itself was not an issue.
The fact that both himself and his party refuse to retract the comments he made about the hurricane being brought about by gay lifestyles would overshadow what has happened. The councillor and his party need to address the mistakes they’ve made with regards to LGBT matters.
He said he believes the DUP are as responsible as Mills is for his comments, because they haven’t pushed him to retract them, and had not said his comments were wrong.
It was inappropriate, it’s wrong from any standpoint, and the fact that he doesn’t want to retract his statement just illustrates the fact that he has a very singular point of view.
McFarlane also said that he thinks Northern Ireland lags behind the rest of the UK when it comes to LGBT rights, particularly in rural communities. Through his work, he said, he sees how opinions like Mills’ can make coming out for young and rurally-born LGBT people very difficult. Often, it is only when LGBT people move to a bigger city such as Belfast, he said, that they find the support to do that.
Last year, Christian fundamentalist Susan-Anne White, above, stood for election to a local council in Omagh on an anti-gay, biblical ticket.
It was reported here – ahead of elections for Northern Ireland’s 11 new councils last May – that White:
Clearly doesn’t care about what’s expected of someone competing for public office. Speaking at a recent debate, she said: ‘My campaign will be run along the lines of ten Bible-based principles, and among them will be that we need to keep safe from the destructive homosexual agenda.’
Society has fallen to such a low level that most people wouldn’t even bat an eyelid at two men or two women walking hand in hand in the street.
The chucklebrained evangelical Christian says she would “recriminalise” homosexuality were she to win, and claims that gay people are “out to recruit” and that we’re all “in danger” of being perverted by their wanton ways.
White, who stood as an independent, failed to get elected.