Hull vicar defends Gay Pride attack

Published: Monday 22nd June 2015 by The News Editor

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A vicar from Hull has defended comments in which he compared homosexuality with paedophilia.

The Reverend Melvin Tinker, of St John Newland in Hull, made the comparison during an interview with Minster FM ahead of the recent Gay Pride march in York.

He also said York Minster’s support for the event was “absolutely inappropriate”.

Thousands of people turned out for the march on June 20. It began at the Minster, where a 15-metre rainbow flag was draped across the steps. Hundreds of other rainbow flags went up across the city on the day.

Explaining his comments to BBC Radio Humberside afterwards, Mr Tinker, who has received a number of abusive emails, suggested that both homosexuality and paedophilia fall into the immoral category.

He also said that the decision of York Minster’s Canon Michael Smith to bless the parade was “out of place”.

The Hull and East Riding LGBT Christian Fellowship said Mr Tinker’s remarks were not representative of all Christians, while Mr Smith stated his colleagues in the church were “perfectly at liberty” to hold such views but “not all of us hold that understanding”.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Monday 22nd June 2015 by The News Editor

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  • Daniel Duke

    Homosexuals like men. paedophiles like children. Vicars like children too. Vicars are paedophiles.

    • That is a terrible thing to say.

      Vicars are people and like most people they like children, but it is those who abuse that are paedophiles, and abusers unfortunately come from all walks of life.

      Just because someone does not aggree with your opinion, why do you believe that you then have the right to insult them.

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