Christians urged to boycott Tesco over Christmas

Religious group calls for action after 'evil Christians' online comment

Christians urged to boycott Tesco over Christmas
19 December 2011

A religious group is calling for a boycott of Tesco this Christmas in protest at a comment about ‘evil Christians’ made by an employee on the Flickr website three years ago.

The Christian Institute has provided it followers with the email address of the supermarket chief executive Philip Clarke and a link to its Facebook home page saying: ‘If you won’t be shopping at Tesco this Christmas, tell them.’

Head of research and development for the Tesco website, Nick Lansley, wrote on Flickr: ‘I’m campaigning against evil Christians (that’s not all Christians, just bad ones) who think that gay people should not lead happy lives and get married to their same-sex partners.’

Following complaints the remark was removed.

The Christian Institute is only now protesting about Mr Lansley’s comment at the same time as it is objecting to a drink ‘degradingly called p***y natural energy’ being sold as a limited edition by the chain.

Director Colin Hart said: ‘I won’t be shopping at Tesco this Christmas, and I am repeatedly hearing from other Christians who have already come to the same conclusion.

‘Mr Lansley is entitled to his opinions, and Christians are entitled to choose not to shop at Tesco.’

Mr Hart also criticised Tesco for reducing the amount of money it gives to Cancer Research UK – although 5 pence from the sale of each can of the drink the Institute objects to goes to the charity – and giving £30,000 to Pride London to fund a family area.

He also drew attention to the case of Adrian Smith, a 54-year-old father of two, who was demoted in his job working for a housing trust for making allegedly homophobic comments on Facebook about gay marriage. But gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has offered to speak on Mr Smith’s behalf, as he doesn’t think the comments were homophobic.

Mr Lansley was unavailable for comment. A Tesco spokesman declined to comment as Mr Lansley’s comments had been made on his own personal webpage.




No thumbnail available

Bishop tells Nigeria’s president: Ban gay marriage before the world ends

Anglican Bishop of Asaba, Justus Mogekwu wants Goodluck Jonathan to sign ‘Jail all the Gays Bill’ before avenging angels bring down the curse of Babylon on us
No thumbnail available

Archbishop panel member believes gays can be counselled to 'change'

Glynn Harrison will help choose the successor to Archbishop of Canterbury, the liberal Dr Rowan Williams
No thumbnail available

Matt Bomer fans see new hope after Charlie Hunnam drops out of Fifty Shades of Grey

Petition demanding Bomer be cast as Christian Grey seeks 100,000 signatures
No thumbnail available

Westboro Baptists threaten to picket Sandy Hook shooting site

The Westboro Baptists will picket the site of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, which they say is God’s way of punishing the state of Connecticut for legalizing same-sex marriage
No thumbnail available

Third consecutive Gallup Poll shows more than 50% of Americans in favor of gay marriage

Current 53% level of support is essentially double the 27% in 1996
No thumbnail available

Nick Clegg backs bid to hold Gay Games in London

The UK’s deputy prime minister is backing London2018, but the race to hold the tenth Gay Games event remains too close to call.
No thumbnail available

Australia: Two men found guilty of gay bashing murder

They beat to death man they caught having sex in park toilet with metal pole
No thumbnail available

Magic Mike XXL stars were not the only hunks at LA Pride in West Hollywood

Gay Star News shines spotlight on a buffet of guy candy
No thumbnail available

Portland Catholic Church won't campaign against gay marriage in Maine

Diocese will not donate money or allocate resources for referendum effort
No thumbnail available

7th Sofia Pride march blocked by Bulgarian nationalist protesters

An LGBTI pride march was held in the Bulgarian capital on Saturday with the support of foreign diplomats but had to be diverted after nationalists stopped it approaching the city’s Vasil Levski independence monument