Philip Lardner, British Tory Candidate, Suspended For Calling Homosexuality 'Not Normal'

06/27/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Philip Lardner, a Conservative party candidate in the upcoming British election, has been suspended after he argued that homosexuality is "not normal."

Lardner, a candidate for the parliamentary seat in the Scottish area of North Ayrshire and Arran, posted the views on his website.

I will always support the rights of homosexuals to be treated within concepts of (common-sense) equality and respect, and defend their rights to choose to live the way they want in private, but I will not accept that their behaviour is 'normal' or encourage children to indulge in it.

The promotion of homosexuality by public bodies (as per 'clause 28′/section 2a in Scotland,) was correctly outlawed by Mrs Thatcher's government. Toleration and understanding is one thing, but state-promotion of homosexuality is quite another.

Why should Christian churches be forced by the government to employ homosexuals as 'ministers' against all that the Bible teaches? They are being forced by the government to betray their mission - would the Equality and Human Rights Commission be fined for refusing a job to Nick Griffin?

Christians (and most of the population) believe homosexuality to be somewhere between 'unfortunate' and simply 'wrong' and they should not be penalised for politely saying so - good manners count too, of course.

The current 'law' is wrong and must be overturned in the interests of freedom as well as Christian values.

The story was first reported by the gay news website Pink News this morning. By mid-afternoon, Lardner had been suspended. The above text has now been removed from his website.

A party spokesperson described Lardner's views as "deeply offensive and unacceptable."

David Cameron, Conservative Party leader, said, "I couldn't have acted quicker - decisive action in minutes of finding out about this."

The event marked the second time Lardner has been suspended from the party. He was disciplined in 2008 after he described Ian Smith, the controversial white leader of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), as a "British hero."

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