Henley-on-Thames UKIP Councillor David Silvester blames the recent storms and heavy floods across Britain on the Government’s decision to legalise gay marriage.
David Silvester wrote in a letter to a local newspaper that the Prime Minister had “arrogantly acted against the Gospel” and he said he had warned David Cameron in April 2012 “that disasters would accompany the passage of his Same Sex Marriage Bill”.
Mr Silvester, who was elected as a Tory Councillor but defected to UKIP in protest at David Cameron’s support for same-sex unions, said “The scriptures make it abundantly clear that a Christian nation that abandons its faith and acts contrary to the Gospel (and in naked breach of a coronation oath) will be beset by natural disasters such as storms, disease, pestilence and war.”
He continued, “…it is (Cameron’s) fault that large swathes of the national have been afflicted by storms and floods.”
A UKIP spokeswoman said: “It is quite evident that this is not the party’s belief but the Councillor’s own and he is more than entitled to express independent thought despite whether or not other people may deem it standard or correct. Independent thought made the UK ‘a wonderful, proud, diverse and free country’ “.
Henley’s Tory MP John Howell, said: “I thought Mr Silvester’s letter was not the sort of thing that he should have written in today’s age. He really needs to consider his position.”
Henley’s residents and businesses opinions are flooding in on Facebook and Twitter ….
“I am sorry but one misguided religious bigot does NOT speak for #Henley either locally or nationally.”
“That’s certainly put #Henley on the map. Come to Henley – we’ve got rowing, flooding AND eccentrics!”
“Just shocking! UKIP councillor blames storms and floods on gay marriage”
“Shocking view by a local councillor. Don’t fancy his chances of re-election!”
“His religious ranting is far more disturbing and causes far more pain and suffering in this world. Total nut!”
Mr Silvester had not replied so far when asked to comment on his views by the Herald. Unsurprisingly the story has been picked up and publicised by many national media outlets, causing him – and, unfortunately, Henley – to be the butt of much ridicule. Perhaps writing a resignation letter from the Town Council should be the next thing Mr Silvester uses his pen for.