#AceNewsServices says UKIP Councillor blames gay marriage for Britain’s ‘storms and floods’
Edited time: January 20, 2014 08:46
UKIP Councillor from Oxfordshire, David Silvester sent a commentary to the Henley Standard, in which he blamed the recent heavy floods across Britain on the government and particularly the Prime Minister who has acted “arrogantly against the Gospel.”
Since the UK legalized gay marriage last year, the nation has been “beset by serious storms and floods,”the councillor wrote, adding that it is Cameron’s fault that the nation is distressed by bad weather.
Quoting the Bible, the politician went on to say that “no man or men, however powerful, can mess with Almighty God with impunity and get away with it” and that “a Christian nation that abandons its faith and acts contrary to the Gospel will be beset by natural disasters.”
In the publication, Silvester – who left the Conservative party in protest over the issue – states that he warned the Prime Minister that “disasters would accompany the passage of his same-sex marriage bill.”
“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.”
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— Tamsin Borlase (@Bosleypatch) January 17, 2014
A UKIP spokeswoman said Silvester’s views were “not the party’s belief” but said that any person in the UK was entitled to state his or her personal opinions.
“That is what makes the United Kingdom such a wonderful, proud, diverse and free country,” UKIP replied to Huffington Post.
A Conservative District Councillor for Henley-on-Thames told Huffington Post that his colleague’s comments resembled Stone Age opinion.
“Playing ‘spot the wrath’ with pages of the Henley Standard is absurd,” William Hall said. “Many people around here appreciate a sound stance on cutting taxes and getting out of the EU but once you scratch the surface UKIP is a party that would take us back to the Stone Age.”
Legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed in parliament in July 2013 and is expected to be brought into force on 29 March 2014.
Rio de Janeiro: “Statue of Christ the Redeemer’s Middle Finger on Right Hand has Been Damaged by Bolt of Lightening”
#AceWorldNews says the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio de Janeiro has been damaged by a bolt of lightning. The middle finger on the right hand of the 38-meter-tall statue atop Corcovado Mountain was hit during a storm on Thursday night. Father Omar Raposo, of the Archdiocese of Rio which manages the iconic Brazilian statue, told local media that repairs will be carried out soon, reports AP on Saturday. The church has a supply of the same stone that was originally used to build the monument, erected in October 1931. In 2010, the statue underwent a $4 million restoration.
A village in Madagascar has been hit by a deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague, medical experts on the island have confirmed.
Test were carried out after at least 20 people in the village, near the north-western town of Mandritsara, were reported to have died last week.
The International Committee of the Red Cross warned in October that Madagascar was at risk of a plague epidemic.
The disease is transmitted to humans via fleas, usually from rats.
Bubonic plague, known as the Black Death when it killed an estimated 25 million people in Europe during the Middle Ages, is now rare.
Last year, Madagascar had 60 deaths from the plague, the world’s highest recorded number.
The Pasteur Institute of Madagascar confirmed on Tuesday that tests taken from bodies in the village last week showed that they had died of the bubonic plague.
The BBC’s Tim Healy in the capital, Antananarivo, says health officials have now gone to the remote area to investigate.
Prisoners on the island are usually most affected by the plague, which is spread because of unhygienic conditions, he says.
The prevalence of rats in Madagascar’s prisons means the plague can spread easily.
The Pasteur Institute said there were concerns that the disease could spread to towns and cities where living standards have declined since a coup in 2009 and the ensuing political crisis.
On 20 December a second round is being held of presidential elections aimed at ending the political deadlock.
- Madagascar reports outbreak of bubonic plague in the town of Mandritsara (theglobaldispatch.com)
- Madagascar village ‘hit by bubonic plague’ (africareview.com)
- Bubonic plague killed 20 villagers in Madagascar, health experts confirm (theguardian.com)
- Village in Madagascar hit by deadly outbreak of bubonic plague (theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com)
- Village in Madagascar Hit by Outbreak of Bubonic Plague (blackchristiannews.com)