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Scotland school chaplain sacked for saying gay is a ‘perversion,’ ‘disorder’

Monday, January 6, 2014

GLASGOW, Scotland — A Church of Scotland chaplain has been sacked from a Glasgow school after describing being gay as a “perversion” and “disorder” during a discussion about marriage equality.

Rev. Donald Michael MacInnes

Rev. Donald Michael MacInnes

Reverend Donald Michael MacInnes made the comments on a Facebook page of Glasgow Gaelic School’s, in reference to the Scottish Government’s proposed marriage equality legislation, reported the Evening Times.

“The overwhelming support of our Scottish politicians in creating same-sex marriage is very disappointing,” he wrote. “Many of us, myself included, agreed that the creation of civil partnerships was necessary so that individuals suffering from this disorder were not legally penalized in any way because of their sexuality.

“We can now expect to see the school curriculum changed to the end that our children will be taught this perversion as if it were a good thing,” added MacInnes.

MacInnes’s remarks drew complaints by parents to school and educational authorities.

One parent was quoted as saying: “I don’t want my children exposed to any sort of prejudice from a person in authority and I would not be confident of other views he might express directly to the children.”

Another commented: “Absolutely disgraceful. It is not a disorder, you cannot choose your sexuality.”

A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council stated on Monday that MacInnes was fired from his post: “The man is no longer the Chaplain at the school and this decision was taken by the headteacher as soon as we received the complaints from parents and reviewed the situation.”

Colin Macfarlane, Director of Stonewall Scotland, told LGBTQ Nation: “Our research shows that 99 per cent of young people in Scottish schools have heard homophobic abuse in the classroom and for a school Chaplin to use such language is a clear breach of their pastoral responsibilities and has no place in our schools.

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“We are pleased that Glasgow City Council took swift action and sent a clear message that this behavior is not acceptable,” said Macfarlane.

Tim Hopkins, Director of the Equality Network, a Scottish charity, told LGBTQ Nation: “People are entitled to their views, but not to harm others they have a professional responsibility for.”

“It is completely unacceptable for a school chaplain to refer to LGBT people as disordered or perverted, and we welcome that Glasgow Council is taking action on this,” said Hopkins.

In November, Scottish lawmakers overwhelmingly voted for the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill at stage one.

If the bill passes at stage two later this month, the final stage three vote is likely to happen around February, with the queen signing it into law by March.

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  1. Lol he carnt say out he looks like a Pedo

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:14pm
  2. You're no better than he is with disgusting remarks like that

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:01pm
  3. Callum was stating the truth....that chaplain is a class 1 a-hole

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:05pm
  4. Regardless, just like him, if you can't say anything nice, it is better to not say anything.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:41pm
  5. Good

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:15pm
  6. Good riddance to this priest.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:16pm
  7. Another example of why there should be a separation of church and state. I don’t think that’s something that’s done in Scotland but it would be a good idea.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:16pm
  8. good

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:16pm
  9. And Scotland got it’s ass kicked by the English so fuck him.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:16pm
  10. Who the fuck cares about that? Why is that even remotely relevant?

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:04pm
  11. Because fuck you, that's why.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:08pm
  12. Wish this could be done here in the US!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:16pm
  13. Ewww look at his fucking teeth!! BARF

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:16pm
  14. His teeth have no bearing on the matter.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:40pm
  15. YES they do....Dustin was remarking on his IMPRESSION of the guy....

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:05pm
  16. We don't want people making superficial judgements because of OUR looks, do we?

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:42pm
  17. I wonder who he was sacked with, and if he enjoyed being in the sack with that guy.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:17pm
  18. so are his teeth

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:18pm
  19. Good for them, rid their schools of hate mongers… I love what some of the parents said.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:19pm
  20. Good riddance.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:20pm
  21. DENTIST, STAT!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:20pm
  22. Looks like his mouth needs a sack in it to cover up those gross teeth lmao hes the one thats a perv fuck

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:21pm
  23. Oh, how I wish this could happen here as a matter of procedure, but noooooo… We have that pesky 1st Amendment crap that covers haters.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:21pm
  24. Except that it only covers dealings with the government, not employers. You are free to say what you wish, as long as you are willing to face the consequences.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:41pm
  25. Yes, I know this. I'm referring to all of the people who seem to believe the 1st Amendment is unlimited in its scope. America is sadly very uneducated regarding when and how it applies.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:43pm
  26. Who has the disorder?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:21pm
  27. Nice to see that the right thing was done.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:22pm
  28. Ho hum… yawn… What’s in his closet?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:22pm
  29. good…this is exactly what needs to happen, weed out all the old, feeble minded idiots like this

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:22pm
  30. I am 65. I have lots of friends in their 70s and 80s who are VERY progressive. I know several, many actually, young people who are reactionary. Age isn't always the gauge of progressive thinking.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:54pm
  31. a good point well taken, sir. and no disrespect intended...

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:59pm
  32. Believing in sky wizards is a real disorder…

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:23pm
  33. His face is a perversion. UGLY AS SIN.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:23pm
  34. I’m glad he got the sack!..ignorant fool, zero tolerance for homophobes in positions of power!,

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:23pm
  35. Does this also apply to child molesters and inbred mother fuckers? Society is only cursing gays not the real problem as child molesters and people who partake in inbreeding.I myself personally see gays as not a problem but child molesters and inbreeders as more of a threat.But again that is my opinion.Most of you asses wont like it but oh well

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:24pm
  36. I really wish the US would be more like Scotland!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:24pm
  37. It’s wrong that they did this. He should have the freedom to say what he wants and believe want he wants

    No one should be silenced.

    I’m Latino, if someone calls my race a perversion or disorder so be it. Let him feel & speak want he wants.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:24pm
  38. Until... rights are taken away because it's their belief?

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:27pm
  39. He is free to - on his own time - at home - and once to me until I say I don't wish to hear it again. If he says it after THAT, he will need to face the consequences.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:42pm
  40. Neither he nor you are exempt from consequences when your "free speech" conflicts with the values of the group you supposedly represent.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:53pm
  41. He has a right to say whatever the fuck he wants to and believe in whatever the fuck he wants to. The second that he says it in a public forum though he immediately becomes subject to societal expectations. The right to free speech doesn't mean the right to free speech WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:03pm
  42. Here we go again.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:24pm
  43. good, see bub

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:28pm
  44. Jony has the right idea. He [Chaplain] has the right to say as he wish but the school has rights too.
    Why are schools hiring Chaplains? Shouldn’t like the local priest just come as needed instead of having one on the books?
    Let me know if I’m way off on this. I don’t mind the criticism. I enjoy it.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:28pm
  45. The Queen has already stated, she will not have second-class subjects in her realm ———Rule Britannia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHNfvJc99YY

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:29pm
  46. GOOD!OPEN YOUR HEART!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:29pm
  47. Ugh…. Why is there a Chaplain is a school?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:29pm
  48. Who cares about his teeth thats bullying on your parts shame on you….stick to the wonderful justice at hand and the huge steps forward keep it real people

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:30pm
  49. And in the US you can say the same thing while having a reality show and still keep it and be deemed as a hero.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:30pm
  50. Because America has unfortunitly has lost its standards and the ones who stand up for things like this gets knocked down :(

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:34pm
  51. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has stated to the contrary, She heard our cries —God Save the Queen

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:30pm
  52. Shut up fuck!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:32pm
  53. Look at him. He’s the perversion and the disorder

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:33pm
  54. Good riddance

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:34pm
  55. good! TY!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:37pm
  56. AND BY THE LOOK’S OF HIS TEETH,HE HAS HAD THE EXPERIENCE”HIMS SELF!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:39pm
  57. talk shit and you may end up wallowing in it!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:39pm
  58. Teaching hate is the real perversion

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:39pm
  59. Sux shit old man. You shouldn’t of said a word loser

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:42pm
  60. But a man raping a woman is not ?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:43pm
  61. The appearance-based comments are uncalled for, by the way – they are irrelevant to the matter at hand.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:45pm
  62. Well said. One would wonder whether half these people truly fight for equality. It doesn't just apply to one type of discrimination you know

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:02pm
  63. Um... Your not born trashy.. But you do chose to not brush your teeth! Therefore it's not discrimination, it's stating a disgusting fact! If he want's to through stones, he shouldn't live in a glass house... The main point I think behind his apearance comments, is he chooses to live like trash and not care for himself, but yet he's pretching what is right and wrong on a cellular level, that is decided before birth!

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:05pm
  64. I disagree completely. I mean, I think people who shave their body hair may be demonstrating a lack of caring for themselves, but I wouldn't evaluate their statements through that - it has no bearing whatsoever. It's not about discrimination - it's about a coherent, on-topic analysis.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:07pm
  65. It may or may not be decided on a cellular level. That's also irrelevant. If it's a choice, it's a valid choice.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:09pm
  66. I can refer him to a great dentist!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:46pm
  67. people like this are jealous they arent man enough to be with a man..

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:48pm
  68. Sounds to me like he is the one suffering from a disorder.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:50pm
  69. Good!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:51pm
  70. As a Scottish teacher I say good. I don’t want children being told something natural that harms no one is wrong.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:56pm
  71. Good!!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:58pm
  72. When was the last time he brushed his teeth is the better question.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:59pm
  73. So being gay is perversion according to him? What about fetishes? Are those perversions or does he deem them “normal”?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:59pm
  74. Eh Tam Tam Loretta Grimes what do Americas standards have to do with this? The UK is not an extra state, no matter what some think.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:03pm
  75. Be classy and don’t bully him for how he looks. Bully him for being a homophobic loser.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:05pm
  76. So is missing a few front teeth

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:05pm
  77. He’s a douche. Get him out

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:05pm
  78. hey you snaggle tooth piece of shit! who are you to sit there and judge someone when you should stand back and take a good look at yourself!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:08pm
  79. Let people live with their beliefs, okay?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:13pm
  80. The American Constitution or Bill of Rights doesn’t apply to him. But his place of origin has something to that effect. Comment on his words not as to whether he was denied the liberty to do so.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:16pm
  81. Good. Fire every damned evangelical, christian reprobate. I am getting tired of their hateful bigotry.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:18pm
  82. people are gonna say its freedome of speech and expressing his freedome of religeon which is not the case,what if some of his students are gay or lesbian,thats an attack on there spirit.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:20pm
  83. Meth teeth nasty

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:21pm
  84. Good fucking riddance, I say!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:21pm
  85. Good, fucker

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:26pm
  86. He’s crazy

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:26pm
  87. no bigotry is a perversion.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:28pm
  88. he should see the dentists before make a comment rotten mother fucker mouth.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:32pm
  89. Those rotten stubs in his shit-filled mouth are the REAL perversion and disorder

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:33pm
  90. Good! He’s wrong and those comments are hateful and plain rubbish!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:35pm
  91. ….I guess one too many sheep turned down his advances….

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:43pm
  92. Some think it’s o.k. some don’t. Let them live the way they want.smh

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:45pm
  93. Ummmmm…fix your teeth, brush them perhaps…

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:47pm
  94. Good.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:51pm
  95. Astonishing! It’s just his opinion folks!! For God’s sake…why do u have to defend ur view point…if truly it is ur view? What this guy said is nothing compared to what some of u said.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:53pm
  96. So saying that "Homosexuality is perversion and a disorder" is nothing?

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:46pm
  97. Deservedly sacked.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:55pm
  98. And he looks like he doesnt take care of his personal appearAnce thats a disorder. Or perhaps some hot sexy gay man turned him down.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:58pm
  99. He wouldn’t understand with teeth like those! His issue is he is incapable of sucking dick, clearly!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:03pm
  100. Good. Glad it happened to him.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:03pm
  101. Please… I’m sure that’s what he likes about it.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:08pm
  102. Yeah, take that you homophobic ass hole!!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:08pm
  103. Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:10pm
  104. He should be fired!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:14pm
  105. Glad he was fired. He deserved it!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:19pm
  106. Jackass.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:44pm
  107. HIT THE ROAD JACK

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:47pm
  108. But secretly, he watches lesbian porn.. >.>

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:56pm
  109. Stupid bitch

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:00pm
  110. Good.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:06pm
  111. He looks gay himself to me.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:13pm
  112. In the UK we are able to distinguish between freedom of speech and inciting hatred. This is what happens to haters.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:14pm
  113. OOOO HE HAVE FANTASTIC “STRAIGHT” TEETH,,,MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,,

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:14pm
  114. gay

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:27pm
  115. Good, teachers aren’t meant to spread bigotry, discrimination, or judge!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:28pm
  116. Closeted, poor man.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:41pm
  117. Good for canning him.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:48pm
  118. Duckface ..

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 9:15pm
  119. Now replace the D with an F ..

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 9:15pm
  120. A homophobic piece of scum..

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 9:27pm
  121. good riddance..

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 9:27pm
  122. they should just move to america

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 9:32pm
  123. he’s nuts

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 9:38pm
  124. Being GAY IS NOT A DISORDER and there enough Straight people with Pervers actions ,so please shut up

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:24pm
  125. GOOD ! ;o( BIGOT !

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:24pm
  126. LUV that word “sacked”, if only it meant sack over his head & punched many times…….

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:25pm
  127. He’s probably secretly in the closet.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:37pm
  128. Good….

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:45pm
  129. Uhhh….any guy with teeth like that is full of shit, sorry!!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:49pm
  130. Good! I’m glad he was sacked, son of a bitch deserves it

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:09pm
  131. His mouth is a disorder

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:37pm
  132. Good. Has he actually been eating shit?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 12:04am
  133. Good! Bigot!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 12:06am