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Scotland: School chaplain sacked for describing homosexuality as a ‘perversion’ and ‘disorder’

January 6, 2014
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A Church of Scotland minister has been removed from his role as the chaplain of a school in Glasgow after he described homosexuality as a “disorder” during a discussion about equal marriage. 

Rev Donald Michael MacInnes made the comments on Facebook.

STV News reports he said: “The overwhelming support of our Scottish politicians in creating same-sex marriage is very disappointing.

“Many of us, myself included, agreed that the creation of civil partnerships was necessary so that individuals suffering from this disorder were not legally penalised in any way because of their sexuality.

“We can now expect to see the school curriculum changed to the end that our children will be taught this perversion as if it were a good thing.”

On Monday, a spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council confirmed Rev MacInnes will no longer undertake duties at Glasgow Gaelic School.

She said: “The man is no longer the Chaplain at the school and this decision was taken by the headteacher as soon as we received the complaints from parents and reviewed the situation.

“The school did receive complaints from some parents about the inappropriate comments made and a decision was taken to review the religious observance at the school.”

In November, MSPs voted in favour of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill at stage one by an overwhelming majority of 98 in favour to 15 votes against.

If the bill passes at stage two later this month, the final stage three vote is likely to happen around February.

Royal Assent could happen as early as March.

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