Oh, boy! This one could run and run. It’s in Pink News and tells us that a Scottish councillor, Kenneth Gunn, has described “so-called” gays as “really very sad people” and said that nonbelievers are “damned to hell”.
He’s a Scottish National Party councillor for Selkirk, and made his comments on a live BBC radio phone-in on Radio Scotland called Morning Extra.
He was talking about a Glasgow exhibition that has seen a copy of the Bible left for people to interact with – i.e. write in. It attracted some choice comments, one of the more telling of which was, “I am bi, female & proud. I want no god who is disappointed in this.”
But Councillor Gunn, asked whether atheists should respect the Bible, said he thought all nonbelievers would go to hell anyway, “so why should we bother?”
“If somebody doesn’t believe in an almighty being and thinks man produced everything on Earth then they are very arrogant people and, as I say, if they’re nonbelievers they’re damned to hell anyway.”
He went on, “When we all went to church on a Sunday morning and prayed to Jesus Christ, this was a much better country. Look where it’s going now. We’ve got so-called gays, who are really very sad people, and we have nonbelievers and heathens running the country and running down Christianity.
“It seems it is an offence to run down Islam, but not an offence to run down Christianity.”
He makes a good point about Islam, of course, and it’s out of fear and political correctness that people don’t take that particular Dark Ages belief system down a peg or two.
But there’s not much I can add to the rest of it. It’s just so damned entertaining that it ought to be inscribed on a big tablet and put on show in a public park. Since he can’t be taken seriously by anyone but a fundamentalist nutjob, the only sad thing, really, is that he’s a councillor and, with views like that, is making decisions that affect people’s lives.