UK councilor objects to Ian McKellan in-school gay talks, gets suspended
BRISTOL, November 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Conservative party councilor in Bristol has been “voluntarily suspended” and asked by the party to meet with homosexualist activists after he objected to appearances by a prominent homosexualist campaigner and actor, Sir Ian McKellen, at local schools.
Chris Windows, the representative for Henbury, told a public meeting of the Bristol City Council on Tuesday night that he objected to McKellen speaking to school children about being homosexual.
“I am unhappy and a little disturbed at the involvement of Stonewall in our local schools and particularly the use of a certain leading actor as a potential role model for our impressionable young people.”
A Conservative Party statement after Windows’ remarks became public said: “In light of the controversy surrounding the remarks made by Councillor Chris Windows, from Bristol city council, he has agreed to voluntarily suspend himself from all his council responsibilities for an appropriate period. He has asked the Conservative group to decide upon the length of his voluntary suspension.”
Sir Ian McKellen had visited the southwest city of Bristol last week to talk to pupils at City Academy in Lawrence Hill and Fairfield High School in Horfield about “homophobic bullying.” The renowned actor began his campaign promoting homosexuality in schools in 2008 with the approval of local councils, trading on the popularity of the Lord of the Rings films in which he played the revered character of Gandalf in J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic epic.
Windows made the comment during the council’s discussion of a plan for “community cohesion,” an increasingly hot-button topic in British politics. He denied that he was “homophobic,” saying that he was concerned that “confused” students at the schools would be identified as homosexual and bullied.
Windows said, “I’m not homophobic, I never have been. I just don’t like undue pressure put onto young people, particularly when it’s a famous character. I do believe we should be able to express our views without receiving abuse.”
Simon Rayner, the Liberal Democrat representative for Kingsweston, taunted Windows, saying, “Can I translate what he just said? He doesn’t think gay people should be allowed near children in schools.”
Windows responded, “I did not say that and never would. He’s just trying to twist things. I’ve nothing against people with a different sexual orientation to myself. I just don’t think we should make a fuss out of it. We should leave things where they belong, in the bedroom.”
The Tory party has instructed Windows to meet with Stonewall so that he can “learn” more about what the group does. Tory group leader Geoff Gollop told the Bristol Evening News, “After the debate at full council, I suggested to Councilor Windows that he might consider meeting with Stonewall in order to gain a better understanding of what they are trying to achieve through these school visits.
“Furthermore, Chris has since expressed a willingness for this to take place. In such circumstances, this seems to me to be a sensible way forward in resolving any differences which have arisen in this matter.”
Stonewall has reportedly said it would be happy to meet with Mr. Windows.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party has placed a relationship with the homosexualist lobby at the forefront of its priorities. In February this year, before the election that formed the current coalition government, the party pledged its full support for the homosexualist political agenda. Cameron himself has said that the party will consider including homosexual partners in the legal definition of marriage, and some of his senior ministers have pledged that “gay marriage” is on the party’s agenda.
McKellen, a classically trained Shakespearean actor and star of recent popular films including the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the X-Men, has been a major figure in Stonewall since its foundation. He boasted recently that the Tony Blair Labour government had given the group nearly everything it had demanded.
McKellen told an audience of homosexualist activists at the Equality Dinner that, when in office, former Prime Minister Tony Blair took his orders directly from Stonewall: “I reeled off Stonewall’s demands, and he nodded, wrote them down and put a tick by them all. Then he said we will do all that.”
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