Scottish Cardinal and leading bigot Keith O’Brien took to the airwaves this morning, attempting to defend his Sunday Telegraph op-ed in which he described gay marriage as “grotesque” and “shaming the country”, comparing such unions with, erm, slavery:
Imagine for a moment that the Government had decided to legalise slavery but assured us that “no one will be forced to keep a slave”.
Suggesting that the language used was “inflammatory”, the Today Programme’s John Humphrys claimed many people would think it was O’Brien’s rant which was “grotesque”, before asking: “You’re a Cardinal. Should you be using that kind of language, comparing … gay relationships with slavery?”
Sounding unsure of himself, O’Brien tried to insist his analogy was fair (full interview):
“It’s a perfectly good example of what could happen in our own country”
As comedian Chris Coltrane put it earlier:
There is nothing natural about Cardinal Keith O’Brien.