UK Reverend: Gays ‘Manipulate Police,’ You Can Quit Being Gay Like Quitting Smoking

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July 17, 2013
11:26 a.m.

LONDON, UK – You can give up being gay just as you’d quit smoking or taking drugs, claims a U.K. reverend that also alleges that the British police force is being “manipulated by homosexuals.”


Rev. Peter Ratcliff of St. John’s Church of England in Colliers Wood, London, made these revelations while defending controversial U.S. Christian preacher Tony Miano, who was arrested in London last week for anti-gay speech.


Peter Ratcliff of St. John’s Church

Miano, a former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy turned full-time evangelist, was arrested on July 1 while preaching in downtown Wimbledon, right as the famous Tennis tournaments were taking place, claiming that same-sex relationships are an “abomination,” views he also repeated on a YouTube video he posted.


Ratcliff went on to attack the police for its handling of the incident, saying, “If anybody should be charged with hate it is his accuser who appears to have sworn at him.”


“In the USA there are now groups of ex-homosexuals who have been able to repent of homosexuality in the way that one might for example give up cigarettes or drugs,” said Ratcliff.


“I call upon Merton police to publicly apologize for such high handed use of the law and for allowing themselves to be manipulated by homosexuals who are evidently trying to silence those who not merely have Biblical and moral objections to homosexuality but are proclaiming the way of eternal life through Jesus Christ to all people regardless of their present circumstances,” he said.


A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that under Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, officers have the power to arrest someone on suspicion of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior within the sight of a person likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.


Miano defended his actions stating: “The language I used was not homophobic, as I was not promoting fear or hatred of homosexuals.”


Ratcliff is no stranger to controversy, he vehemently opposes the ordination of women in the Anglican Church.


In 2010, he called for banning Princess “Diana-style funerals,” where friends and family praise the deceased, as they were “little better than an entertainment show.”

Feel free to tweet Ratcliff: @PeterJRatcliff

Story by Dan Littauer.

Dan Littauer is a journalist who specializes in LGBT current affairs, travel writing, feature writing and investigative journalism.



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lbnlbc (Guest)
9 years, 2 months ago

Excellent. I believe that if we were to examine the mind of individuals such as this reverend, we would begin to understand the minds of those who wrote the Bible in the first place. What we would find is not a human being who subscribes to the notion of “Live and let live” but rather, “Its my way or the highway” or “If you don’t believe what I believe, you’re wrong.”

If you were to remove all the hate, control and manipulations of ANY holy book you would be left simply with, “Love one another” It’s a simple message that many religious folk seem to have forgotten (or are sweeping aside so that they, once again, can enforce their “control” over another human being)

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asdown (Guest)
9 years, 2 months ago

in my opinion the love is not limited by men and women it also between guys because the love is thing have no controle or mind that why if two gays make relation togother we all shoude courage them and been whithe them but alas uguly of this relation is Transient disability so let make Hand in hand and fight the intruder