King Lawal, who represents Brickhill & Queensway in Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, posted a controversial tweet on Thursday and doubled down when met with criticism.
King Lawal faced backlash over his comments
A Conservative councillor who says both Pride and homosexuality are sins has found himself at the centre of a social media storm.King Lawal posted a tweet on Thursday with a bible verse and a rainbow-coloured background.The Tory councillor, who represents Brickhill & Queensway in Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, posted: “Whatever God calls ‘sin’ is nothing to be proud of. When did Pride become a thing to celebrate?
“Because of Pride Satan fell as an arch Angel. Pride is not a virtue but a Sin. Those who have Pride should Repent of their sins and turn to Jesus Christ. He can save you. #PrideMonth #Pride2023 #PrideParade.”Following backlash, he returned to the site to add a follow-up message but doubled down on his opinion.Cllr Lawal tweeted: “Just to clear something up.
“In no way am I suggesting that LGBT people should be persecuted or should not live freely in which or whatever way they want.”All I did, which my right to do, is point out that both Pride & Homosexuality is Sin, which it is.”He added: “I believe in Christ and I will not be silenced.”I represent all people within my constituency, both Christians and LGBT people, I treat all people fairly.”And my record speaks for itself. If you’ve taken offence to my tweet, then you take offence to the bible. Not my problem.”Labour councillor Zoe McGhee was one of many to express their outrage, Northants Live reports.She wrote on Twitter: “Today a fellow Cllr in @NNorthantsC suggested that LGBTQIA+ people live in sin.
“To show that a colourful world is something to be celebrated & to show my love for all things queer and colourful, please enjoy these photos of me and my lovely friends celebrating pride…”
Leader of the Labour Group & Opposition at North Northamptonshire Council Matt Keane added: “The role of a councillor is to act with integrity and honesty, act lawfully. Treat all persons fairly and with respect.
“Lead by example and act in a way that secures public confidence in the role of councillor. I’m sure lots of constituents would take issue with this tweet.”Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of North Northamptonshire Councillor and George Candler, Interim Chief Executive, has since issued a joint statement.
They said: “North Northamptonshire Council is an inclusive authority. We’re proud to be supporters of Pride Month, with our first ever Pride event held in Corby, a visual presence on our website, social media posts, and the raising of the Pride Flag at our town buildings.
“We continue to be committed to reducing inequality within our communities and creating a fair and inclusive working environment for our employees. We fully support our LGBTQ+ community.”
Cllr Lawal’s comments come during Pride Month, typically held in June and dedicated to the celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Author: Andrew Collins