Rev Peter Mullen
Is this man a person of God?
A Church of England vicar could face disciplinary action for saying in his blog that gay men should have 'sodomy' warnings tattooed on their bodies.
The Rev Peter Mullen, who is a parish priest and rector in the City of London, made the remarks on his blog, which has since been removed from the web under an agreement with diocesan officials, (or more like to stop him finding out how people really feel about him and his ideas).
Mullen, 66, wrote it was time for religious believers to recommend the discouragement of homosexual practices in the style of cigarette packet warnings.
'Let us make it obligatory for homosexuals to have their backsides tattooed with the slogan sodomy can seriously damage your health and their chins with fellatio kills'.
The gay rights group Outrage described the comments as 'Neanderthal'.
A Diocese of London spokeswoman said the remarks did not reflect its views.
Rev Mullen said 'I certainly have nothing against homosexuals. Many of my dear friends have been and are of that persuasion', (and I'm sure they all wish you the best of health every day you are on this planet).
In the same blog, Rev Mullen called for all gay pride parades, which he branded "obscene", to be outlawed.
The Diocese of London spokeswoman said officials had met Rev Mullen and it had been agreed that the comments should be removed.
She said 'While clergy are entitled to their own personal views, we fully recognise that the content of this text is highly offensive and it is in no way reflective of the views of the Diocese of London'.
Later in todays press Rev Mullen said 'The comment was made in a joking manner and not as a serious statement'. So the Rev Mullen will not mind me calling him a 'Nazi Tosser and a Servant of the Devil' (but please remember that this comment is made in the joking way that the Rev feels his statements should be taken).