Tory MP and evangelical Christian Steve Double, 50, has had the gall to criticise the government’s plans for LGBT sex and relationship education in schools after admitting having cheated on his wife.
The hypocrite, according to PinkNews, said the plans would undermine “the traditional family”.
The Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay is a co-signatory to an open letter which claims LGBT-inclusive education “undermines freedom” by:
Introducing very young children to concepts such as homosexuality and transgenderism.
The letter claims that this would be a “coercive and unnecessary measure damaging the position of all parents in England”, and that “traditional marriage” will by undermined by:
Promoting to children alternative lifestyles against parents’ wishes.
When it comes to undermining traditional marriage, Double is somewhat of an expert.
Last year he issued a public apology after a tabloid reported that he allegedly cheated on his wife of 30 years with a married 26-year-old aide.
Double, a former pastor, insisted the affair was “only a few weeks” in response to the story.
He said at the time:
I was truly wrong and I deeply regret what I have done and the pain it has caused to those close to me. I’m working hard to rebuild that trust and respect.
I have behaved completely inappropriately and deeply regret the pain I have caused.
Anne and I are committed to being together and seeking to move forward in our marriage. I accept I have work to do to recover the trust and respect of those around me.
I would respectfully request that people give us the time and space we need at this time.
The letter was also signed by a rogue’s gallery of anti-LGBT lobbyists, including Andrea Williams of Christian Concern, who has publicly defended gay “cure” therapy.
Also signatories of the letter are Thomas Pascoe of the Coalition for Marriage, Colin Hart of the Christian Institute and Revd Andrew Symes of Anglican Mainstream – all strong opponents of LGBT equality laws.
Controversial newspaper columnist Rod Liddle, above, who has previously been found in breach of the press regulator’s code through his public bullying of a transgender politician, also signed the letter warning about “transgenderism”.
Liddle was rebuked by the press regulator in 2015 after he published a Sun column targeting a Labour Party candidate who is blind and transgender.
The regulator finding against him did little to tone down his outspoken columns, however, with Liddle last year claiming in a Spectator column that gay men’s need to use lube during sex is:
God’s way of telling you that what you’re about to do is unnatural and perverse.
The letter was spearheaded by unhinged Tory MP Philip Davies, above.
A long-time opponent of LGBT rights, Davies was last month re-elected to serve on the Parliamentary committee responsible for scrutinising the government’s equalities work.
The MP for Shipley is a strong opponent of LGBT rights, voting against the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations in 2007 and the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act in 2013.
He has previously complained that same-sex marriage law discriminates against straight people, and has branded inclusive sex education “tyranny”.
Davies is also an outspoken critic of the women’s rights movement, and previously faced questions over his ties to the so-called “Justice for Men and Boys party” – which issues awards for “lying feminist of the month”, and affirms on its website that:
Feminists are whiny, gormless, toxic liars.
Davies used the floor of the House of Commons to attack a secondary school in 2009, after it held an educational LGBT History Month production of Romeo and Julian.
It is better for pupils to learn about Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare, rather than politically correct Romeo and Julian.
Labour’s Harriet Harman helpfully reminded him:
As far as I can remember, in Shakespearean times boys would play girls and girls would play boys, and the whole point was trying to work out which was which.
He has previously called for the Women and Equalities Committee to the Equalities Committee to change its name to exclude “Women”.
Last year he filibustered an opposition bill to make inclusive sex and relationship education mandatory in schools.
In his controversial speech he claimed that “the culture of political correctness” led to sexual abuse, also linking sex education to a rise in teen pregnancies. He said:
One day everybody will have to conclude that what we need is less sex education, or even better, none… I hope this Bill goes absolutely nowhere.
The MP is also known for campaigning for recognition for an “International Men’s Day” and picking arguments with women’s rights campaigners – memorably clashing with feminist Labour MP Jess Philips on a number of occasions.
In one memorable clash with Phillips in 2015, Davies claimed to:
Always vote in favour of true equality.
When she asked him to clarify if he voted for gay marriage, he responded:
Look, I don’t agree with gay marriage, why would I vote for something I don’t agree with?
Hat tip: Gill Kerry