Published Thursday, 29 May 2014
Mr Houston has resigned from the UUP. (© Presseye)
Colin Houston defended the comments made by Pastor James McConnell on the BBC's Nolan show.
The north Belfast pastor described Islam as "heathen" and "satanic" and said that he did not trust Muslims during a church service earlier this month.
Mr Houston, who is himself a pastor in the Shankill area of Belfast, blamed the media for "manipulating everything" Mr McConnell had said.
"The Christians are starting to stand up. We're not having it any more. It's as simple as that," he said, which was applauded by the audience.
"Why don't you go to his church for six months and then come out and tell him he's a bigot? He's not a bigot. He's a man of God."
He also accused MP George Galloway, a guest on the programme, of "scare-mongering", and told him to go "away back to Britain".
Mr Houston had stood for election in the Oldpark ward of the new Belfast super council for the UUP.
However, he was unsuccessful in obtaining a seat after polling 366 votes.
On Thursday, the UUP said: "Colin Houston was suspended from the Ulster Unionist Party this morning pending an investigation into a number of issues.
"He has since informed the party of his resignation."
© UTV News