Clergyman apologises over call to tattoo gay people
An Anglican clergyman who advocated that homosexuals be tattooed with labels calling them sodomites has apologized for his remarks. Such language is extreemly unusual in the Church of England.
A Church of England clergyman who wrote that gay men should be forced to have "sodomy" warnings tattooed on their bodies issued a "full and complete" apology for his remarks today.
The Rev Peter Mullen said his remarks were "injudicious" and had caused offence.
"I did not intend to cause any upset but I realise that the remarks were injudicious and I have caused offence. I want to issue an apology," he said.
In a statement, he said: "I did not intend to cause offence when I made some joking remarks about homosexuals.
"I was not actually meaning to criticise individual homosexual persons, but the promoters of gay culture.
"However, my remarks have caused offence and for this I am sorry and make a full and complete apology."
Mr Mullen, 66, who is rector of St Michael's, Cornhill, and St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in the City of London, made the comments about homosexual practices on his internet blog.