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Scottish school chaplain sacked after calling gays ‘perverted’

Scottish school chaplain sacked after calling gays ‘perverted’

A school chaplain was sacked after calling homosexuality a ‘perversion’ during a Facebook rant yesterday (6 January).

Reverend Donald MacInnes, a Church of Scotland minister originally from the Isle of Lewis, was removed from his post as chaplain at Glasgow Gaelic School after his tirade against gay marriage.

After parents noticed the comments and complained to Glasgow City Council, MacInnes was relieved of his duties shortly afterwards.

In the post on Facebook, 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 penalized 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.’

MacInnes continues in his role as minister at Gairbraid Church in Maryhill.

A Church of Scotland spokesperson told GSN they hoped headteachers would continue to appoint chaplains of their choice with  ‘due regard to freedom of expression in a non-inflammatory way.’

The CoS will be looking into the circumstances of the MacInnes’s departure and were sorry he was no longer at the school.

Tim Hopkins, Director of the Equality Network,  said: ‘People are entitled to their views, but not to hurt others they have a professional responsibility for.

‘A secondary school will have LGBT pupils and pupils with LGBT parents or family members, and it is completely unacceptable for the school chaplain to refer to them as disordered and perverted.’

During a general assembly in 2011 regarding homosexuality and homophobia, the CoS said: ‘It is contrary to God’s will that Christians should be hostile in any way to a person because he or she is homosexual by orientation and in his or her practice.

‘The Church of Scotland views homophobia as sinful.’