God, Homosexuals and the Weather

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I read with some interest what UKIP councillor David Sylvester ( a pretty ironic surname! ) said about the recent appalling weather.

“I wrote to David Cameron in April 2012 to warn him that disasters would accompany the passage of his same sex marriage Bill,” wrote David Silvester, who quit the Conservative party in protest at David Cameron’s decision to support same-sex marriage.
“But he went ahead”, he continued, “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.”

The Henley-on-Thames councillor said the country had been “beset by storms” since the passage of the bill, which he blamed on Mr Cameron acting “arrogantly against the Gospel”.

Hmmm. Curious. Let me get this straight. God will punish us for promoting homosexuality by giving gay people the right to marry, yes? But not any of the other evils that our “government” perpetrate? If we go into a foreign country, slaughter millions of innocents to gain control of their natural resources, and rape and pillage the masses AND leave the country in a state of total destruction, God just will turn a blind eye, yeah?
Well that’s jolly convenient for the ruling classes. And pretty selective judgement by God, ay?

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I’m not sure if Mr Sylvester is as spiritually enlightened as he might think. If we’re going to promote the Gospels then surely we must apply ALL the commandments, and not just the ones we happen to mould to fit our own purposes. First and foremost Camoron supports war, which for most people equates to murder. Again we must apply the Gospels: “Jesus was asked: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Matt 22:36-40″
I can’t see how bombing the fuck out of your neighbour equates with the “Love” bit that Jesus talks about.

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And as a former member of the Conservative party, surely Mr Slyvester towed the party line. Didn’t he warn Dave about the plague and pestilence that would surely follow him continuing the war in Iraq and Afghanistan? I think not……bugger!

And where, may I ask, does Jesus mention Homosexuality in the Gospels? I’m probably one of the few people I know that have read the Gospels recently, and I simply can’t find any references to Homosexuality in them. Unless they’re closeted of course……
How sad that an older fellow, so out of touch with the real world, has a mouthpiece in the media. But what am I saying? Isn’t that 99.99% of all politrickcians?

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A few words about Homosexuality. Ancient and not so ancient history is littered with homosexual icons. And I believe for the most part, throughout the ages homosexuals and heterosexuals have lived alongside one another peacefully. Gay people haven’t just sprung up in the 21st century. Ancient Sumerian texts, the oldest recorded word known to us ( their civilisation started around 10,000 BC ) mention both Gods and men having lovers of both sexes. And their laws, deemed to be the foundation of the basic laws of all early civilisations, do not condemn homosexuality, tho they forbid incest and paedophilia most explicitly. This is the Middle east, the furtile crescent, the cradle of civilisation. The Epic of Gilgamesh anybody? The King of Uruk ( Iraq ) in 2600 BC, Gilgamesh was said to be two parts god and one part human and very handsome, tho his ferocious sexuality scared his people. So the gods created a companion for him named Enkidu, “”a wild hairy man with long tresses like those of a woman”.
Numerous ancient Eastern philosophies regard sexuality as irrelevant anyway, gay or straight, both being seen as non-conducive to spiritual growth.
But Lust is a funny beast, it will totally possess you, and make you do things you don’t wanna do……

I had a good friend, the Vicar from my parish. A fine and righteous man, he gave me spiritual healing when my Ma died, bless him. He was Queer as a banana tho’, and he fancied me chronically. Unfortunately I didn’t fancy him. But if I had had the inclination, how Punk rock would it to be shag your Vicar? I think it’s hysterical!
Christianity, homosexuality and a brilliant sense of humour. He’s get so drunk he’d fall out of our local pub, sometimes to dire consequences. A head injury was usually a sign that he’d had a good weekend, poor fellow.
We talked at length about Christianity, and he told me he couldn’t show me God, and that it was a matter of faith. Which I’ve learned as I get older as being definitive. He was a gentle, caring and extremely funny man.
Once, when E and I were at the pub Andrew came in, clutching a red, leather bound book. He came over to the bar and sat down with us and ordered a pint of Abbot ( really! ) and I asked him whether the book was bound with human skin. He wigged a little then explained it was the parish records from the 18th century, and showed me numerous Ruffles that were recorded therein. And it was through these parish records and others that my cousin Carl Mead traced the Ruffle name back to 1620 in Essex.

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Whatever Andrew deemed his god thought of him, as a homosexual, it was more than counter balanced by his altruism. Three days a week he’s go to a children’s cancer ward, and try and make sense of the world. Unfortunately I don’t think he succeeded, but there’s some, who were with him when he died, who could maybe tell a clearer picture. I hope they comment…..

And before any of you start thinking I’ve “turned Ted”, well no, I still love the Hamster. I’m just sick and tired of living in a world where intolerance is tolerated, where people judge other people for the most insignificant reasons. We need more love, not hate. And it starts here with me, and I pass it on to you……

Most gay people I’ve met are smashing people. And I’m sure that’s why Be right on is such a gas, gay people  run a lot of the pubs, restaurants and cafes there and the service is second to none. Don’t worry Mr “Uncertain about my sexuality” that poof ain’t gonna grab your ass, unless you ask him nicely……

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If Mr Sylvester is a Christian moralist, as certainly his words seem to confirm, can we have his thoughts on abortion too please? Did he warn Dave that the heavens would open if abortion continued to be legal? Or did he think God would look the other way when the millions of foetuses were removed from their wombs? Perhaps he did, maybe he didn’t speak to the Daily Mail about that one?  As Aleister Crowley once said “to read a newspaper is to do something un-worthwhile”. And a few words about Daily Mail “journalists”: garrulous, government arse-kissing fascists who love to spread fear and contempt. And if there is a judgement day, and if there is a pit of sulphur that God hurls the wicked into, well if I’m there I’m going to flip the fuckers the bird as they burn!!!

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matt 7:1-2 NIV)

4 Responses to “God, Homosexuals and the Weather”

  1. Good rave Terence!

  2. The Rev. Andrew was definitely one of the good guys – very supportive when our dad died, and not in the least miffed about having a visiting military chaplain foisted on him to do the funeral. Just as well he was an Anglo-Catholic – his drinking habits were more on the Catholic than the Anglican side.

    My grandmother (who used to go to St Mary’s, before his time I suppose) might not have disapproved too much. Didn’t she used to take a hip flask of brandy to Sunday mass with her in case she fancied a nip during the sermon? Or did I just imagine that?

  3. My old mate David “Coffer” Coulthread shared this with me on facebook;

    Hi Terry. I quite enjoyed this. It’s so easy to pick holes in insane arguments but sometimes it has to be done. Good point about his previous membership of the Tories. In the past I had a Houses of Commons pass and was up with the gossip. There were at least three gay members of Thatcher’s Cabinet and they were expected to deny it if they were to remain in government. We live in a hypocritical world and we’d all be a lot happier if we could only accept other people for their differences and ENJOY them. That’s a bit obvious I know and I usually try and say something way too smart and subtle – sometimes you just have to address issues head on so more power to your elbow. COFFER

  4. “Do not judge” really doesn’t mean “do not ever make a judgment”, otherwise everyone in prison should be let out today, and you’re passing judgment and being “intolerant” when you vote. If you read in context, it means “do not judge hypocritically”, so that once you sort out your own problems, you can “see clearly to remove the speck in your brother’s eye”. Just that statement alone is enough to see that Jesus believed that some things are right and some are wrong, and guess what: if there is a God, he’s the one who decides, not us!

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