Telegraph hires virulent homophobe as columnist


1:21 pm - November 15th 2011

by Sunny Hundal    


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The Reverend Peter Mullins has just made his debut on the Telegraph website as a regular columnist today.

Here’s a bit about him:

The Rev Dr Peter Mullen is Rector of St Michael, Cornhill and St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in the City of London. He is Chaplain to the London Stock Exchange and has written for many publications including the Wall Street Journal.

And here’s a bit more about his writings, just two years ago:

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.
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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.”

Yup. This is the sort of guy the Telegraph happily hires as a blogger.

When faced with criticism of his views earlier, Rev Mullen said it was all in “jest”. He added: “I certainly have nothing against homosexuals. Many of my dear friends have been and are of that persuasion.”

I kid you not.

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Reader comments


Christ.

He sounds a charmer, doesn’t he? Some of my best friends are gay…

He’s already ranting and frothing at Mail Online, so maybe there’ll be no increase in output, just a move of pulpit.

Thank God straight people don’t engage in fellatio or sodomy then

Oh goodness, I thought he was bonkers enough after reading column.

Merkel is the next Hitler. Or something.

Ah the old “I have gay friends” gambit. It’s right up there with “I’m not racist, but” in the top ten phrases used by tosspots.

I casually misread the tweet as “fellatio skills”.

Peter Mullen was one of those brought in by the Mail to stand up its non-existent story about the BBC “abandoning” BC and AD, along with Melanie Phillips. Their contributions are linked from this post:

http://zelo-street.blogspot.com/2011/09/let-us-not-offer-one-another-sign-of.html

Mullen is in the “not just Barking but halfway to Upminster” category.

Leave him alone, some of my best friends are homophobes

10. Chaise Guevara

When trying to pass off his moronic insults as friendly jokes, he explained: “What I have got against them is the militant preaching of homosexuality”.

Yeah, he said that when he was trying to prove he WASN’T a homophobe. I can only assume he lives in a fantasy world where Decent Godfearing Christian Folk are routinely kidnapped and forced into shotgun civil partnerships, or something.

If the Telegraph wants to embarrass itself by providing a soapbox for this pathetic little person, that’s its own lookout.

11. James from Durham

I know I’m old-fashioned but I thought jokes were meant to be funny?

@11 Tell that to Ricky Gervais. Someone needs to.

Quite funny how much the christian right has in common with Islam fundies.

The Conservative Taliban in all its glory at the Daily Talian. Sorry Telegraph.

“SODOMY CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH […] FELLATIO KILLS.”

Bugger me! That sucks!

15. James from Durham

Sally, there is nothing funny about the similarities between Christian and moslem fundamentalists. Remember Christianity and Islam share a very large amount of DNA.

interesting from wikipedia

“Mullen was censured in 1989 by the Church for committing adultery with a parishioner, and as a consequence had to resign from this incumbency in Yorkshire.”

Lets just hope he didnt bum her!

17. the a&e charge nurse

[12] he’s given us some of the best bits of comedy telly – everybody makes mistakes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQAr_AjZt-E

18. Alex Braithwaite (@labour52rose)

Their list of hateful figures continues to grow, Dan Hodges being one such person. Sad that the Torygraph feels that the only way to grow their readership is to have such an array of obnoxious writers on their list of employees.

“Mullen was censured in 1989 by the Church for committing adultery with a parishioner, and as a consequence had to resign from this incumbency in Yorkshire.”

Oh look he is one of those “sanctity of marriage” types. You know?, marriage needs protecting against gay marriage , or something. Bit like Newt Gingrich is going to protect the sanctity of marriage by opposing gay marriage. This would be the 3 time married serial adulterer Gingrich, who attacked Clinton for his affair with Monica while at the same time he was having an affair himself.

Maybe The Rev dickhead should have tattooed on his forehead, ‘I’m a tosser.’

On the man bites dog principle, shouldn’t this only rate a post if Mullen had been hired by the Guardian or the Indy?

And why ‘homophobe’? He doesn’t sound scared.

21. Leon Wolfson

@8 – Is that a comment on Southend? 😛

22. Dick the Prick

Don’t buy the paper then. Simples.

Many of my dear friends have been and are of that persuasion.

Some of my best friends were gay sounds a bit sinister.

Perhaps he could have a tattoo on his forehead, something like “Christianity really f****s you up!”

25. So Much For Subtlety

I think that there is a little bit of hypocrisy going on here. Yes the Telegraph should not have hired this man. But on the other hand LC has kept shtum for years about the far nastier people hired by the Guardian. Not just hired, but regularly featured. This man may be bad but he is not calling for Gays to be executed. He is not demanding they are thrown off cliffs. So where exactly is the condemnation of people like Faisal Bodi? Tamimi? What is Inayat doing these days (although I have not actually heard him call for Gays to be executed in all fairness)?

To be even remotely convincing the Left has to show it is opposed to homophobia, not merely homophobia from their political enemies.

methinks he’s engaging in fellatio on his own foot, and NI is buggering any respect he once had 😛

Great, he adds to the crypto-racists and conspiraloons that already blog for them. Fantastic. I wonder when they’ll get Anders Breivik to write for them?

So Much For Subtlety @ 25

This echoes what I was going to say. Clearly this new bloke at the Telegraph sounds somewhat of an extremist. But Comment is Free hires writers of articles who are also extremist; e.g. homophobic Islamists, Hamas representatives. (Also political ones like Richard Seymour).

Now you can say ‘give everyone a platform – it won’t be too difficult to see through unpleasant rantings” e.g. allow Nick Griffin onto the media ‘coz you’ll soon see what he’s really like.

But it’s where you draw the line. There is a big difference I would venture to suggest between someone like this new Telegraph bloke and say a middle of the road Christian who is clearly not homophobic but is say not quite (or yet)comfortable with the idea of gay marriage (a normative viewpoint probably only a generation ago). The latter ought not to be villified like the former.

(As for me I am very liberal on such issues and fully support the Quakers and Jewish Progressive communities who have agreed to officiate at gay weddings at their places of worship).

“Man says nasty things so he cannot be in newspaper” does rather wipe out a number of candidates on both right and left.

“Let us make it obligatory for homosexuals to have their backsides tattooed”

Paging Dr. Freud…

31. Robin Levett

@Tim Worstall #29:

“Man says nasty things so he cannot be in newspaper” does rather wipe out a number of candidates on both right and left.

I don’t read the OP as saying that. The Telegraph has every right to employ whomever they wish as columnists. Others have every right to point out the predilections of those columnists and criticise the Telegraph for, and draw inferences about its attitudes from, having employed them.

32. So Much For Subtlety

31. Robin Levett

I don’t read the OP as saying that. The Telegraph has every right to employ whomever they wish as columnists. Others have every right to point out the predilections of those columnists and criticise the Telegraph for, and draw inferences about its attitudes from, having employed them.

Indeed. And anyone can listen to those others focusing solely on the Telegraph and ignoring the much bigger problem which is the employment of vicious, terrorism-supporting, violent homophobes by the Liberal Left and draw their own conclusions as well. Which might go something like – hypocrites.

33. Churm Rincewind

[25] and [32}: “I think that there is a little bit of hypocrisy going on here..LC has kept shtum for years about the far nastier people hired by the Guardian…this man may be bad but he is not calling for gays to be executed…he is not demanding they are thrown off cliffs. So where exactly is the condemnation of people like Faisal Bodi? Tamimi? What is Inayat doing these days? …the Left has to show it is opposed to homophobia, not merely homophobia from their political enemies…anyone can listen to those others focusing solely on the Telegraph and ignoring the much bigger problem which is the employment of vicious, terrorism-supporting, violent homophobes by the Liberal Left and draw their own conclusions as well. Which might go something like – hypocrites.”

I’m currently unable to trace any homophobic statements by Faisal Bodi and Tamimi, in the Guardian or elsewhere. Could you post your sources? As for Inayat, the only comment from him on homosexuality I can trace is a Guardian article from 2009 where he described homophobia as “dishonest… unethical… unacceptable.” Does he opine differently these days, and if so, where?

34. So Much For Subtlety

Churm, to confine their views to the pages of the Guardian is a little hypocritical don’t you think? Would you care to deny these two gentlemen are in fact a touch homophobic? This article is not condemning the Telegraph for running homophobic articles. His quoted views on homosexuals were not printed as opinion pieces in the Tellie either. It is condemning them for employing someone who said rude things about Gay people in another context. To compare like with like you need to look at the entire body of work these gentlemen have left.

Double standards again.

35. Chaise Guevara

@ 34 SMFS

Um, Churm said he couldn’t find such views in the Guardian “or elsewhere”. So instead of dodging the question with a convenient strawman, why not post these sources of yours?

36. the a&e charge nurse

[33] “Forced marriage is one of these practices. Among Muslims in Europe, it’s quite common for young people to be compelled by their parents to accept spouses they don’t want. Some women manage to escape these situations and seek protection in women’s shelters. In 1999 the Guardian published an article by Faisal Bodi, a British Muslim who complained about these shelters, which in Great Britain are called “women’s refuges.” Charged Bodi, “Refuges tear apart our families. Once a girl has walked in through their door, they do their best to stop her ever returning home. That is at odds with the Islamic impulse to maintain the integrity of the family.” (Bodi made certain to note–as if it definitively established the loathsome character of women’s shelters–”the preponderance of homosexuality among members and staff.”) Citing universal Muslim belief in “the shariah, the body of laws defining our faith”–which he described, a bit unsettlingly, as “a sharp sword capable of cutting through the generational and cultural divide”–Bodi argued that British authorities must recognize the Muslim community “as an organic whole” and thus accord it a larger role in resolving conflicts over forced marriage. Bodi’s plaint was phrased with extreme delicacy, but the point was clear: when Muslim girls or women flee the tyranny of father or husband, the government should essentially hand them over to a group of Muslim men. In short, British law should effectively be subordinate to Muslim law. Group identity trumps individual rights”.
http://www.brucebawer.com/tolerating.htm

It may be that that FB has moderated his views about women’s refuges or the preponderance of homosexuals who run them – although since Islamic states still continue to execute gays I assume the underlying belief system remains intact?

37. Robin Levett
38. Churm Rincewind

@ [34] “to confine their views to the pages of the Guardian is a little hypocritical don’t you think?” I’m not sure whether you mean that these writers are a little hypocritical to confine their views to the pages of the Guardian (they don’t), or whether you mean that I was being hypocritical in only searching the Guardian for thier views on homosexuality (I didn’t – I thought I’d made that clear?).

Quite simply, I was arrested by the idea I drew from your original postings that the “Liberal Left” ( and you specifically referenced the Guardian) hired and regularly featured “vicious…homophobes” (and you specifically referenced Messrs Bodi, Tamimi, and Inayat). I was sufficiently intrigued to investigate further but, as I said, I was unable to find any evidence for your assertion, and indeed only found one article on the subject, by Inayat, in which he expressly condemns homphobia. So when you ask whether I deny that “these two gentlemen (presumably now Bodi and Tamimi) are in fact a touch homophobic” the answer is that I don’t really know (though see below). That’s why I asked for your sources.

[36} Thanks for this reference, though now that I’ve read Mr Bodi’s original article from 1999, I have to say that it is rather more finely nuanced than Mr Bawer’s rather partial account. For example, Mr Bodi describes forced marriage as “unacceptable”, and certainly does not suggest that when persecuted Muslim women and girls flee their homes “the Government should essentially hand them over to a group of Muslim men”. (I’m not trying here to defend the views he expresses in this article, with which I happen to disagree, but I think we should be clear about what he did and didn’t say.)

However, he does make a passing and ambiguous reference to reports of “the preponderance of homosexuality amongst residents and staff” (at women’s refuge centres, and I have absolutely no idea whether this was true in 1999) which might be interpreted as a cheap slur, as Bawer does, or it might be part of his argument (which I don’t accept) that Muslim women and girls might find such an ambience alien to their situation.

And finally, I don’t accept that the intolerable treatment of homosexuals in the name of Islam in some Muslim countries (though by no means all) is a stick with which to beat all Muslims, any more than I accept that the vile treatment of homosexuals in the name of Christianity in some parts of the world (particularly Africa) is a condemnation of all Christians.

39. the a&e charge nurse

[38] why the gratuitous reference to ‘homosexuals’ then, what an earth has this got to do with the issue in hand (women’s refuges).

The killing of gays in places like uganda and iran should be a lesson to all of us that these religions have still not managed to get their house in order – every time the likes of Rev Mullins, or Mr B pipe up we should take an opportunity to remind them that religious speakers will have little credibility as long as their co-travellers are persecuting people for having the temerity to be gay.

40. Arthur Seaton

Back in the early 90s this delightful right-wing vicar used to have a regular column in the Yorkshire Evening Press, which I got to read every week, like a fly drawn to shit. Each edition was very similiar to the one the week before, in which homos, lefty vicars and the Labour Party got both barrels with banal regularity. Calvinists were another target, which at least has the virtue of novelty (oh, and Madonna for some reason.) I remember him describing multicultural children’s programmes as “totalitarian.” A man of much Christian charity indeed.

Rev. Mullen fact – he was sacked from one Parish for having an affair with a (female) parishioner. Like so many Moral Majoritarians before him, the Rev. doesn’t quite practice what he preaches. Think on that the next time you chance upon him railing against the morally relativistic society.


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