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10/06/2008

Ya should've taken stock of your homophobia, ol' chap

by Jeremy Hooper

Geez, and here we thought the American stock exchange had troubles:

The chaplain to the London Stock Exchange is under pressure to quit today after demanding gay men should be forced to have "sodomy" warnings tattooed on their bodies.

The suggestion is contained in a series of comments on the internet blog of the Rev Peter Mullen.

The Bishop of London today branded Mr Mullen's comments "highly offensive" and Stonewall, the gay rights charity, said he should resign.

Mr Mullen, 66, wrote on his blog: "It is time that religious believers began to recommend ... discouragements of homosexual practices after the style of warnings on cigarette packets.

"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."
Chaplain: Gay men should have sodomy warning tattoos [Evening Standard]

Hmmm. Well at least he doesn't seem to be in favor of tattooing our penises with the words "dirty, rotten beef stick." So that's something. If he had, he might be in danger of sounding extremist. [::eye roll, head shake, un-tatted chin rub]::

For his part, Mr. Mullen has declared his blog post -- which also condemns homosexuality "because it is clearly unnatural, a perversion and corruption of natural instincts and affections, and because it is a cause of fatal disease" -- to be a form of "satire." Proving that homosexuality and proper tattooing procedures aren't the only two topics on which Mr. Mullen has failed to properly educate himself.

**Mullen's blog post has now been pulled. However, you can still see a Google cache copy of it. The offending post is the second one down, entitled "Matthew Parris."

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Your thoughts

Well, okay Mr. Mullen, but I think my idea of a dragon tattoo may be better.

Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Oct 6, 2008 12:39:06 PM

"Mr Mullen, 66"

Let us make it obligatory for Mr. Mullen to have his backside tattooed with the slogan: "Perverted old prune".

Posted by: Scott | Oct 6, 2008 1:42:00 PM

Maybe fat men like Mullen should have their stomachs tattooed with a warning about overeating and the sin of gluttony

Posted by: Saskplanner | Oct 6, 2008 11:21:25 PM

Didn't anyone else have the reaction, "Why does the LSE need a chaplain?"

Posted by: UK Chris | Oct 7, 2008 11:55:58 AM

Chris: Here in America we're far more used to Christianity entering into every aspect of public life.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Oct 7, 2008 12:12:54 PM

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