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Christian councillor suspended for tweeting ‘Pride is a sin’

31 year-old King Lawal has been suspended from the Conservative Party and “cancelled” by six other organisations after expressing his Christian beliefs on social media during Pride month.

Conservative councillor Lawal has served at Northamptonshire Unitary Council for two years. During the LGBT Pride month he posted on social media, as a response to pictures of naked men: “When did Pride become a thing to celebrate. Because of Pride Satan fell as an arch Angel. Pride is not a virtue but a Sin. Those who have Pride should Repent of their sins and return to Jesus Christ. He can save you. #PrideMonth #Pride23 #PrideParade”. 

He also added an image with a verse from Isaiah 3 verse 9, which said: “Whatever God calls ‘Sin’ is nothing to be Proud of.”

Following the backlash from LGBT supporters, Mr Lawal was forced to resign from his job in a nursing and care business after receiving an ultimatum by a different local authority. He was also removed as a trustee from an organisation that helps children get access to green spaces. Weavers Academy, a state secondary school in Wellingborough also suspended him as an academy council member. The local library said he could no longer host a planned interview session at the venue.

Mr Lawal said: “It is now almost impossible to say something biblically truthful on sexual ethics in UK society without being cancelled and having your life ruined. What I said was biblically sound and a protected expression of the Christian faith. As the only black councillor in the whole of Northamptonshire, I know what it is like to be in the minority, and I would never discriminate against anyone. I have diligently represented all my constituents; however, I must also be free to express my beliefs without fear.”

Mr Lawal is going to take legal action against the suspension. He provided further clarification in a more detailed statement:  

“When I referred to Pride as a sin in my previous post, it may have been misinterpreted as hateful. Let me explain why it is not. When Christians refer to ‘sin’ or ‘sinners’ we are speaking of ourselves. We are not singling out specific people or groups of people as sinners. Sin according to the Bible includes lying, stealing, gossip and hatred – not just things like homosexuality, adultery and sex outside of marriage. Jesus said that even to have unholy thoughts that we never act on is sinful.  Therefore every single one of us is sinful by this standard, including myself.”

He also stated in an interview: “I would do it again. First, I am a Christian, and a believer in Jesus Christ and a soldier of his army, so I am a councillor second.”



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