UUP member quits amid Islam sermon row

Published Thursday, 29 May 2014
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A member of the Ulster Unionist Party who unsuccessfully stood for the local government election has quit the party following controversial comments he made on television.

UUP member quits amid Islam sermon row
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
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23 Comments
Ryan in An Dun wrote (175 days ago):
@ lucylou. So you don't agree with what George Galloway said? What about the idiot in the audience? You agree with him? The pastor or Peter Robinson? Lucy who do you agree with? Just because you don't like George Galloway doesn't mean he wasn't right in what he said. And by the way Lucy this story isn't about George Galloway. It's about the UUP members outburst in that audience of a talk show. I don't even know why UTV posted your comment as you don't even mention Colin Houston.
Peter in Warrenpoint wrote (178 days ago):
@jim in belfast , i must have missed the day when it said that somebody with christian beliefs must hate other all other religions.....
M in Belfast wrote (179 days ago):
Lets hope mconnell and robinson go the same way
Jim Kelly in Belfast wrote (179 days ago):
Such anger and ignorance.
JohnBoy in Belfast wrote (179 days ago):
Pastor McConnell DID speak these things in the privacy of his church. The fact they are available is not relevant. They are made available for people who can't get out to church, or people who want to see the services for whatever reason. If a Muslim or people of other religions tune in online then they have to realise they are going to hear things that go against their religion and quite possibly be offended. Look at the Sharia Law, IF and I say IF a Muslim follows the Sharia Law and agrees with EVERYTHING that Law states, then I wouldn't trust them either! people get mixed up and think that christians follow the law of the bible - they dont, the bible isnt a book of rules!
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