UKIP refuse to discipline Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council candidate John Kearney over anti-gay comments

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A UKIP candidate fighting for a seat in today’s local elections will not be disciplined by the party despite making offensive comments about gay people on a blog – describing them as “prisoners who need freedom”.

John Kearney, who is standing for the Winklebury seat for Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, made reference to gay marriage on his blog on March 29 this year – the first date which same-sex couples could marry.

In the post, he said: “Marriage for gays will gradually fall in numbers since it is against the promiscuous nature of that community.

“The Church of England will fall very soon and be conducting gay weddings and we will have the neo-Catholics in our church ‘giving us their compassionate views’, but the Church will stay strong despite their onslaught.

“We must pray for the gay community that they will see that they are indeed prisoners who need freedom.”

It has also emerged that Mr Kearney, of Western Way, South Ham, Basingstoke, made controversial comments last year about Islam on a blog which analyses Catholic doctrine.

In one post on August 22 last year, the 77-year-old said: “A new word has arisen in Brainwashed Britain – “Islamaphobia”. This is called an unnatural fear of Islam.

“I do not know about unnatural but I would say that anyone who does not fear Islam is a fool. No Islam is a religion and the Catholic Church with the Lord on her side is the only countermeasure. But Catholics must know their faith and they must be ready to die for it.”

When The Gazette’s political reporter Jessica Bave approached Mr Kearney and asked him to explain his comments, he said that he had been advised by the party not to speak to the press.

However, Mr Kearney’s election agent Phil Heath told The Gazette that he could not “defend” the Winklebury candidate over his comments on the gay community, saying: “He seems to have been misinformed that the majority of gays are promiscuous, which is completely wrong.

“They are no more promiscuous than heterosexual people. I think he has got it completely wrong, and I will ask where he got that from.”

However Mr Heath defended the comments Mr Kearney made about Islam, adding: “We back John Kearney 100 per cent. He is an articulate and very caring man who is devout in his religion.

“Everything in there (the blog) has been twisted into an attack on Islam. It is an analysis of Catholic doctrine. It is about faith on faith and it is a highly articulate website that analyses complicated people and ethics.

“He is not expressing personal views. He is taking it within the context of faith on faith and the problems that arise between faiths.”

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1:55pm Thu 22 May 14

CrossofLorraine says...

United Kingdom Ignoramus Party. This lot bang about the lack of quality control at our borders, they really should start with having a closer look at the people they let represent their party.
United Kingdom Ignoramus Party. This lot bang about the lack of quality control at our borders, they really should start with having a closer look at the people they let represent their party. CrossofLorraine
  • Score: 18

2:09pm Thu 22 May 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

So UKIP will not censure or discipline John Kearney for his homophobic views and I suppose The Catholic Church even support them. What a load of out of touch bigots UKIP and The Catholic Church seem to harbour.
So UKIP will not censure or discipline John Kearney for his homophobic views and I suppose The Catholic Church even support them. What a load of out of touch bigots UKIP and The Catholic Church seem to harbour. Sam_Walker123456
  • Score: 14

2:24pm Thu 22 May 14

robertspet8 says...

'Phil Heath told The Gazette that he could not “defend” the Winklebury candidate over his comments on the gay community, saying: “He seems to have been misinformed that the majority of gays are promiscuous, which is completely wrong.
“They are no more promiscuous than heterosexual people. I think he has got it completely wrong, and I will ask where he got that from.”'
I do not think Phil needs to look any further than the catholic church to find the source for these disgraceful and misinformed views. A church which has been responsible for dreadful atrocities, many of which have happened in my lifetime.
'Phil Heath told The Gazette that he could not “defend” the Winklebury candidate over his comments on the gay community, saying: “He seems to have been misinformed that the majority of gays are promiscuous, which is completely wrong. “They are no more promiscuous than heterosexual people. I think he has got it completely wrong, and I will ask where he got that from.”' I do not think Phil needs to look any further than the catholic church to find the source for these disgraceful and misinformed views. A church which has been responsible for dreadful atrocities, many of which have happened in my lifetime. robertspet8
  • Score: 18

5:21pm Thu 22 May 14

Peter H. says...

Bigots are ignorant, fearful individuals who cannot tolerate diversity; they think everyone must conform to their 'world view'.

Rest assured, if there were no gays, no muslims, no immigrants, this excuse for a human being would soon invent another minority to persecute.

Come to think of it, I'm left handed - its where we get the word 'sinister' from - want to target me?
Bigots are ignorant, fearful individuals who cannot tolerate diversity; they think everyone must conform to their 'world view'. Rest assured, if there were no gays, no muslims, no immigrants, this excuse for a human being would soon invent another minority to persecute. Come to think of it, I'm left handed - its where we get the word 'sinister' from - want to target me? Peter H.
  • Score: 12

3:16pm Fri 23 May 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

Peter H. wrote:
Bigots are ignorant, fearful individuals who cannot tolerate diversity; they think everyone must conform to their 'world view'.

Rest assured, if there were no gays, no muslims, no immigrants, this excuse for a human being would soon invent another minority to persecute.

Come to think of it, I'm left handed - its where we get the word 'sinister' from - want to target me?
You are absolutely right Peter. If people like this need to have somebody to persecute and if there was not a God they would have to invent one to justify their outrageous views.
[quote][p][bold]Peter H.[/bold] wrote: Bigots are ignorant, fearful individuals who cannot tolerate diversity; they think everyone must conform to their 'world view'. Rest assured, if there were no gays, no muslims, no immigrants, this excuse for a human being would soon invent another minority to persecute. Come to think of it, I'm left handed - its where we get the word 'sinister' from - want to target me?[/p][/quote]You are absolutely right Peter. If people like this need to have somebody to persecute and if there was not a God they would have to invent one to justify their outrageous views. Sam_Walker123456
  • Score: 9

10:35am Mon 26 May 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Sam_Walker123456 wrote:
Peter H. wrote:
Bigots are ignorant, fearful individuals who cannot tolerate diversity; they think everyone must conform to their 'world view'.

Rest assured, if there were no gays, no muslims, no immigrants, this excuse for a human being would soon invent another minority to persecute.

Come to think of it, I'm left handed - its where we get the word 'sinister' from - want to target me?
You are absolutely right Peter. If people like this need to have somebody to persecute and if there was not a God they would have to invent one to justify their outrageous views.
Sam, all gods are invented, the closest there has been to a true god is the Egyptians who worshipped the sun as a god, and without it there would be no life so they were kind of right
[quote][p][bold]Sam_Walker123456[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter H.[/bold] wrote: Bigots are ignorant, fearful individuals who cannot tolerate diversity; they think everyone must conform to their 'world view'. Rest assured, if there were no gays, no muslims, no immigrants, this excuse for a human being would soon invent another minority to persecute. Come to think of it, I'm left handed - its where we get the word 'sinister' from - want to target me?[/p][/quote]You are absolutely right Peter. If people like this need to have somebody to persecute and if there was not a God they would have to invent one to justify their outrageous views.[/p][/quote]Sam, all gods are invented, the closest there has been to a true god is the Egyptians who worshipped the sun as a god, and without it there would be no life so they were kind of right Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 2

8:20pm Mon 26 May 14

Peter H. says...

Let's not forget the Greeks; any belief system that boasts a God of Wine and a Goddess of Love has got be be worth exploring :)
Let's not forget the Greeks; any belief system that boasts a God of Wine and a Goddess of Love has got be be worth exploring :) Peter H.
  • Score: 2

9:57pm Mon 26 May 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Peter H. wrote:
Let's not forget the Greeks; any belief system that boasts a God of Wine and a Goddess of Love has got be be worth exploring :)
I might have to go Greek next weekend Peter, with my wife of course
[quote][p][bold]Peter H.[/bold] wrote: Let's not forget the Greeks; any belief system that boasts a God of Wine and a Goddess of Love has got be be worth exploring :)[/p][/quote]I might have to go Greek next weekend Peter, with my wife of course Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 2

12:37pm Tue 27 May 14

Peter H. says...

Folkestone Saint wrote:
Peter H. wrote:
Let's not forget the Greeks; any belief system that boasts a God of Wine and a Goddess of Love has got be be worth exploring :)
I might have to go Greek next weekend Peter, with my wife of course
Good choice Sir! After Olympus, might I also suggest a winter break in Valhalla? Sagas, beer and they make pretty good chess sets as well!

What we really need is an online faith comparison website: enter the type of Afterlife you want and each religion quotes how much devotion you are expected to show. You can choose fully fundamentalist or third party, fire and purgatory. Extra discounts available for piety and righteousness :)
[quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter H.[/bold] wrote: Let's not forget the Greeks; any belief system that boasts a God of Wine and a Goddess of Love has got be be worth exploring :)[/p][/quote]I might have to go Greek next weekend Peter, with my wife of course[/p][/quote]Good choice Sir! After Olympus, might I also suggest a winter break in Valhalla? Sagas, beer and they make pretty good chess sets as well! What we really need is an online faith comparison website: enter the type of Afterlife you want and each religion quotes how much devotion you are expected to show. You can choose fully fundamentalist or third party, fire and purgatory. Extra discounts available for piety and righteousness :) Peter H.
  • Score: 7

10:50pm Tue 27 May 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Peter H. wrote:
Folkestone Saint wrote:
Peter H. wrote:
Let's not forget the Greeks; any belief system that boasts a God of Wine and a Goddess of Love has got be be worth exploring :)
I might have to go Greek next weekend Peter, with my wife of course
Good choice Sir! After Olympus, might I also suggest a winter break in Valhalla? Sagas, beer and they make pretty good chess sets as well!

What we really need is an online faith comparison website: enter the type of Afterlife you want and each religion quotes how much devotion you are expected to show. You can choose fully fundamentalist or third party, fire and purgatory. Extra discounts available for piety and righteousness :)
I only wish I lived in B/stoke right know as I would take you out for a few beers, that really made me laugh.
Thanks Peter
[quote][p][bold]Peter H.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter H.[/bold] wrote: Let's not forget the Greeks; any belief system that boasts a God of Wine and a Goddess of Love has got be be worth exploring :)[/p][/quote]I might have to go Greek next weekend Peter, with my wife of course[/p][/quote]Good choice Sir! After Olympus, might I also suggest a winter break in Valhalla? Sagas, beer and they make pretty good chess sets as well! What we really need is an online faith comparison website: enter the type of Afterlife you want and each religion quotes how much devotion you are expected to show. You can choose fully fundamentalist or third party, fire and purgatory. Extra discounts available for piety and righteousness :)[/p][/quote]I only wish I lived in B/stoke right know as I would take you out for a few beers, that really made me laugh. Thanks Peter Folkestone Saint
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