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UK councilman suspended by party after blaming floods on gay marriage

Sunday, January 19, 2014

LONDON — A British far-right party has suspended a local councilman who blamed recent severe flooding on the government’s legalization of same-sex marriage.

David Silvester

David Silvester

David Silvester of the United Kingdom Independence Party had written a letter to the Henley Standard claiming he’d warned Prime Minister David Cameron the legislation would result in “disasters” and that the U.K. had been beset by storms since the law’s passage because Cameron had “acted against the gospel.”

“I wrote to David Cameron in April 2012 to warn him that disasters would accompany the passage of his same-sex marriage bill,” wrote Silvester, an elected member of the town council in Henley-on-Thames, west of London.

“It is his (Cameron’s) fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods,” he wrote.

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“He has arrogantly acted against the Gospel that once made Britain ‘great’ and the lesson surely to be learned is that no man or men, however powerful, can mess with Almighty God with impunity and get away with it, for everything a nation does is weighed on the scale of divine approval or disapproval.”

The party, known as UKIP, had initially said that Silvester’s views were “not the party’s belief,” but defended his right to express his opinions.

It suspended Silvester on Sunday for defying instructions not to give any further interviews, after Silvester defended his letter to the BBC and called homosexuality a “spiritual disease” which can be healed.

Legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed in the U.K. Parliament in July 2013 and is expected to come into effect on March 29, 2014.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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  1. Good move on the part of that party. They don’t want the populace knowing what they’ll really be like if they are elected. Think Akin.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:21pm
  2. I am happy to know that the UK has some reasonable people running the country… Suspension is a good response.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:21pm
  3. YES.

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:55pm
  4. I laughed when I read the title. So tell me Mr. Councilman, what brought on all the floods and natural disasters (he didn’t blame them for that yet, but you never know if he thought it) when gay marriage wasn’t even an idea yet?

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:21pm
  5. Crazy people

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:22pm
  6. how do they know what to blame on gays and which to blame on the atheists?

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:22pm
  7. Gay Atheists are the most evolved.

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:45pm
  8. Nut case…

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:22pm
  9. Some people are just complete idiots…….

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:22pm
  10. Fucking twat !!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:22pm
  11. Too much inbreeding.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:22pm
  12. are we surprise to find out he is of the “far right” lol…he is far off his rocker as well

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:22pm
  13. He just needs to stay at home and save himself more shame. He won’t change, his time is over, the same for Republicans…Dino’s are dead people.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:23pm
  14. If only GOP would stand up to the homophobes and show some spine in this country!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:23pm
  15. Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:23pm
  16. without pay I hope

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:23pm
  17. good

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:24pm
  18. Good he should have sacked he is a stupid c***. But it did make me laugh. Just shows us the jokers that are supposed to be running this country lol

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:24pm
  19. Bigotry and hatred will get you no where….you’re suspended!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:26pm
  20. Haha

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:27pm
  21. People give us gays A LOT of power kids! I mean had I known I had power to flood cities and destroy towns I mean I would have been using my “gay powers” long ago! …….dumbass!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:27pm
  22. We should use those powers to help California right now. But you know them evil gays, we're the ones causing this.

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:53pm
  23. It's part of the gay agenda

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:57pm
  24. Weather Queens!

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:28pm
  25. yes we made the Roman Empire fall, we need to drop a couple houses on the you know what in Rome.

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:06pm
  26. lmao

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:15pm
  27. God gets the fire and Brimstone - we get floods ! Nice to know !

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:18pm
  28. I think we should be helpful gays and go to Africa and make some rain fall there. It would help with the drought they're having. Same with California at the moment. They need water too.

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:22pm
  29. Homophobics are as bad as sexists or racists.

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:24am
  30. he’s a stupid fool

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:27pm
  31. lol

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:27pm
  32. Ugh! Such Toxic beliefs!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:28pm
  33. Hilarious!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:28pm
  34. are you telling me it was not bc of us? What a relief

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:28pm
  35. Geez, even in usually more level-headed Britain!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:28pm
  36. fucking ignorant!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:29pm
  37. traduction: idiot!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:29pm
  38. Sad that he is so bewildered and blinkered

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:29pm
  39. He merit it :)

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:30pm
  40. hahaha Ukip UDick

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:31pm
  41. That’s just plain stupid.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:32pm
  42. It must hurt to be that stupid.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:33pm
  43. IDIOT!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:33pm
  44. Well, thank you for that. Clearly he’s mentally inept, being unable to grasp reality versus fantastical homophobic Christian bullshit.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:35pm
  45. lol

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:35pm
  46. Yep. Did you also know that God unleashed Katrina on New Orleans for putting cayenne in the gumbo?

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:35pm
  47. One flew over the cuckoo’s nest!????

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:37pm
  48. Another old bigot out , NEXT!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:37pm
  49. Malcolm Paull Murphy

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:40pm
  50. With a noose I hope

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:40pm
  51. You listen to ‘It’s Raining Men’ just one time…

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:40pm
  52. moron

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:40pm
  53. If I hear 1 more person blame something on us LGBTI community 1 more time I will kick that bloody So & So’s booty all the way to the arctic of Himalayas Kung Fu style

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:40pm
  54. he looks like a creepy pedo

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:41pm
  55. Oh my god. Is he insane?

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:42pm
  56. idiot! Must be drinking that Pat Robertson kool aid

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:42pm
  57. In July 2013, the UK had the hottest day on record as God’s punishment for the UK renewing Madonna’s visa.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:44pm
  58. What’s next? It’s gay people’s fault that divorce rate is so high. Really people. Straight marriage or “traditional marriage” is falling apart over money issues, affairs, etc” it has nothing to do with gay people getting legally married. Stop blaming gay people and gay marriage for all your problems because you sound like hitler himself.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:44pm
  59. Where do these people come from seriously,with this shit they say!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:47pm
  60. Swivel eyed loony nutta

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:47pm
  61. Yea like it’s gay people’s fault their are blizzards didn’t you know we control all weather lol!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:49pm
  62. Lol

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:49pm
  63. When that happens in the US, those morons just get re-elected.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:49pm
  64. I’ve got the POWER!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:50pm
  65. Lol uk dont play

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:53pm
  66. Wtf? How did he relate those two things, makes no fucking sense

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:56pm
  67. Hummmmm his ancestors must have started the witch hunts back in the day too..evil looking f%$#er lmao

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:56pm
  68. It’s just nice to know that the U.S.A itsnt the only place with these moron’s lol

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:57pm
  69. We have too many stupid people in this country, voting against their own interest, if not that, we would be able to do great things, and america would be the best country in the world. Right now, we are just a country with more stupid people, that smart ones

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:58pm
  70. well hes proof, his God makes mistakes Id say. must be a rougue mould or sumat lol.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:58pm
  71. Perfect…..

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:59pm
  72. LOL strange man in UK

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:00pm
  73. Good riddance to bad rubbish, there’s nothing more than making a bigot uneducated when they spout passages from a bible written 3500 yrs ago which has been interpreted into every language around the world & interpreted by humans, to suit their own selfish desires & to pray on a weak person’s fear of retribution & dam nation
    Religion should be abolished & all the monasteries levelled just like Henry VIII did when he dissolved religion & guess what the world didn’t end without religion, as some of these religious idiots are constantly screaming & shouting about an apocalypse for the world

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:15pm
  74. Way to go .. Never ending amusement!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:16pm
  75. Perhaps all those gay weddings were so beautiful and touching that the guests shed so many tears of joy that they caused a flood. It could happen!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:19pm
  76. Or the councillor forgot to take his meds again. (More likely)

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:20pm
  77. I do like people thinking I have that much power

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:27pm
  78. Made My Day !!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:31pm
  79. I am usually VERY sure these kinds of men will be outed one day.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:32pm
  80. Great… maybe the crazies will begin to realize that it’s best to keep your mouth shut when talking race, sexual orientation or religion!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:34pm
  81. Reading some posts on said subject, shouldnt if we we protest religon should be abolished, that make us the same as the fanatical religous believer? wanting to withold freedoms to many. Im nt religous myself, but ths subject always makes me think that.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:34pm
  82. Remember The Weathergirls song – It’s raining men!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:38pm
  83. Biggot shoot him

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:38pm
  84. Imbecile ever heard of climate change global warming study science and then get everyone to work the problem with solutions not the blame game that is how government works!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:41pm
  85. Wish it was that easy here in the States…If it was, Half the Congress would be suspended..if not more..

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:41pm
  86. He’s possessed by Pat Robertson. Next he’ll spew Pea Soup.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:46pm
  87. Stupity across the Ocean.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:54pm
  88. wow.. I did not realize we had that sort of power…

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:55pm
  89. Another case of stupidly & ignorance, glad he is not in a council position any longer. Good on the decision.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:57pm
  90. We should be so fortunate in the U.S. To suspend our idiot Repugs, Cruz,Bachmann, McConnell, Ryan, Cantor, Boehner.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:58pm
  91. Their party actually supports them and their ideas. To be Republican in good standing one MUST be xenophobic, homophobic and misogynistic. One mustn't believe in equality. If you do not meet these standards, you cannot claim to be a Republican.

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:27pm
  92. When are powers combine we summon Captain Planet …So I guess it is possible…

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:01pm
  93. Well, he wasn’t suspended for his ignorant views but for taking part in further interviews. This is a political party full of fuckwit nut jobs who cut ties with councillor sand politicians when their leader is challenged or when they embarrass the party. It is self serving and autocratic relying on misinformation and public manipulation. They only have so many party members because the Conservatives aren’t racist or homophobic enough.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:03pm
  94. blame the floods on his stupidity

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:04pm
  95. whatever. you are an idot

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:15pm
  96. gays must be VERY powerful in the UK. don’t let Neil Patrick Harris and his family visit. he is so awesome the sun might go out.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:16pm
  97. His mind is too small to see.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:24pm
  98. Nice job. Glad to see some measure of sanity with respect to this loser. Now drop him altogether.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:31pm
  99. This is the very reason why religon should never be invovled in politics.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:46pm
  100. IDIOT!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:46pm
  101. Is this mothafucka crazy?

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:50pm
  102. Good, the guy is stupid and this action is appropriate.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:53pm
  103. he’s nostalgic for dunking witches

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:08pm
  104. He sucks! Yeah for the local UK government!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:13pm
  105. Sad to see some one go who thinks we have super powers !

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:16pm
  106. Another Psycho on parade!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:25pm
  107. his face tells it all.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:25pm
  108. sharing

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:25pm
  109. He should be suspended head down into the flood waters!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:25pm
  110. What an idiot….anyone this stupid should never given ANY position requiring thinking!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:26pm
  111. It is amazing how fucked up some people can become.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:34pm
  112. What festering underworld are these hobgoblins crawling out from lmao you can’t be stupid and ugly pick one and keep your privates clean .

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:34pm
  113. Good. Next time come up with something intelligent that makes sense.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:40pm
  114. The British version of Pat Robertson.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:43pm
  115. This rotten sore on a donkeys nut sack is a special kind of stupid

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:44pm
  116. I’m just so completely amazed by the absolute STUPIDITY of SO many people in the world’s governments!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:53pm
  117. I know we have power as individuals but I didn’t think we had climate change power – that’s like mother nature power! lol

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:55pm
  118. what noahs ark flood ?!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:58pm
  119. Yes, well he IS embarrassing!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:58pm
  120. The UKIP have suspended ANOTHER councilman for saying something ignorant a stupid. No big surprise really.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:59pm
  121. bah bye

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:13pm
  122. shes ugly…

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:20pm
  123. That is too great. Serves the ignorant bastard right.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:20pm
  124. Kool…I’m thinking some of his ‘relatives’ have escaped & live in the U.S. now…just sayin’….

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:24pm
  125. wow,people are obsessed it seems over gays,wouldnt it make sense to use science to figure out why flooding is happening.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:26pm
  126. You forgot to mention IGNORANT too!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:59pm
  127. I agree, it is David Cameron’s fault we were affected so badly by the floods – but I think it has more to do with his decision to cut 1500 jobs at the ENvironment Agency, rather than his policy on same-sex marriage ;)

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:00pm
  128. SORRY YOU WIN THE FUCKING IDIOT AWARD THIS YEAR

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:05pm
  129. What.An.Idiot. Can we all blame climate change on hypocrisy and bigotry then??

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:13pm
  130. By hater!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:15pm
  131. Do these people just not care how stupid they sound?!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:16pm
  132. What a bigot, no a stupid bigot

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:20pm
  133. He made my toilet overflow.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:24pm
  134. I know that lots of people cry at weddings, but this is ridiculous! Seriously: proof that such idiots are everywhere, not just in the US!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:29pm
  135. Omg! I have superpowers now?! Fab! :)

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:44pm
  136. That’s great, at least some people aren’t stupid. Blaming floods on gay marriage is like blaming papa Johns for your obesity.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:48pm
  137. He deserves it the fucking cunt!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:55pm
  138. Thats a crazy bitch lol

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:57pm
  139. This country we have separation of church & state. Let’s keep it that way!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:58pm
  140. What a dumb ass..

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:01am
  141. Derp- cant explain shit better blame gays – herp.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:10am
  142. Good on them. If we suspended a political official every time they decided to talk out of their asses, we’d have no one in office.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:18am
  143. Wow…really?

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:26am
  144. Idiot

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:29am
  145. He needs to go back to kindergarten. Unbelievable that these ignorant people exist !

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:42am
  146. Good, hope his career in politics is over and his life is in shambles. One less bigot in the world with power.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:57am
  147. what an idiot..

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:08am
  148. Where do we get such crazy legislators????? Ignorant fools.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:16am
  149. Oh, I see, ASS-HATS don’t just exist here in the U.S.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:22am
  150. Sir, — Since the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, the nation has been beset by serious storms and floods.

    One recent one caused the worst flooding for 60 years. The Christmas floods were the worst for 127 years. Is this just “global warming” or is there something more serious at work?

    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.

    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.

    Now, even as Cameron sheds crocodile tears on behalf of destitute flooded homeowners, playing at advocate against the very local councils he has made cash-strapped, it is his fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods.

    He has arrogantly acted against the Gospel that once made Britain “great” and the lesson surely to be learned is that no man or men, however powerful, can mess with Almighty God with impunity and get away with it for everything a nation does is weighed on the scaled of divine approval or disapproval. — Yours faithfully,

    Councillor David Silvester (UKIP)

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:23am
  151. Haha – serves him right the fucking idiot

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:25am
  152. Oh damn…. I didn’t know I could cause flooding. How stupid of me to forget such a power. (another ass-hole politician).

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:49am
  153. Hahahahah cxx

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:55am
  154. Hey “you gays’, could you bring some of that rain to California. We’re in a severe drought. Oh…and any other miracles you see fit to pull outta your bag o’ tricks. From a 70 year old straight grandma who’s ALWAYS been an ally. Much <3

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:19am
  155. You’re kidding right? If the gays made this flood that he speaks of I’m pretty sure we would’ve made it so you drowned. Duh.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:28am
  156. the ass!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:44am
  157. where do these people come from–

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:47am
  158. IAM SO GAY THAN THE RIVERS CHANGES COURSES AND ALL….OK. NOW I CALL THAT FAB !

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:59am