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Wednesday 08 October 2008

Proclamations of the Red Queen

8th October 2008

United Kingdom: The Vicar of Idiocy

Posted by: Craig Young

 Elderly Reverend Peter Mullens (66) is a Church of England cleric who serves as largely honorary chaplain to the London Stock Exchange. Most of us will have heard about him because of the furore that surrounded his call for gay men to be tattooed with the words SODOMY CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH and FELLATIO KILLS in capital letters on our hindquarters.

Mullen is an Anglican traditionalist, which is a nice way of saying barmy fundamentalist, although his previous claim to notoriety was the retention of the 1662 Anglican Book of Common Prayer. He also whinged recently about Reverend Martin Dudley’s wedding ceremony for the civil partnership of two gay Anglican ministers in the historic church of Saint Bartholemew the Great, in London, whereupon he penned this offence against the profession of poet:

 “The Bishop of London is in a high huff, Because Dr Dudley has married a puff; And not just one puff - he’s married another: Two priests, two puffs and either to other.”

If you can imagine the similarly superannuated Jeremy Clarkson as a vicar, you’d probably also get something like these other misdemeanours, listed in an article on the furore on the UK Times website:

In that sermon he referred jokingly to God being incarnated as “the master of the Worshipful Company of Knicker Elastic.”

He also compared the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams to a “wraith-like political druid on his way to another synod debate on the pagan fantasy of global warming.”

The elderly cleric also wants gay pride marches banned as ‘obscene,’ and has been reprimanded by the Bishop of London, Right Reverend Richard Chartres, who forced him to take the offending and offensive sentiments off his blog.  Sadly, he can’t dispense with the elderly fellows services altogether, because:

Clergy are entitled to remain in post in the Church of England until the age of 70 if they benefit from the security of tenure given by the freehold, which Mr Mullen enjoys. New disciplinary tribunals carried out in secret however have made it easier for bishops to oust clergy without the expense of a consistory court. Mr Mullen could face disciplinary action for an alleged offence such as conduct unbecoming a person in Holy Orders, but no action would be taken without a complaint.

It seems Mullen is a regular misanthrope, as can also be witnessed by his Islamophobic ravings about the hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. Out of respect to Muslim religious sensibilities, I shall refrain from repeating them here.

As if the poor old C of E didn’t have enough problems, now they have to put up with this buffoon…


Ruth Gledhill: “Chaplains Blog calls for Homosexuals to be Tattooed” Times Online:07.10.08:

Tags: Politics · Religion

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