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MISS CALIFORNIA THREAT
A quip on a comedy show by an openly homosexual member of the British Parliament to kill Miss California because she opposes gay marriage outraged her American supporters and prompted one conservative group to demand the expulsion of the British ambassador.
Alan Duncan, a leading member of the British Conservative Party, called Carrie Prejean “silly” for expressing her disapproval of same-sex marriage during the Miss USA pageant last month.
“If you read that Miss California has been murdered, you will know it was me, won’t you,” he said last week in London on a television quiz show called “Have I Got News for You.”
His remarks were covered by most of the London newspapers from the racy tabloid, the Sun, to the staid, conservative Telegraph. A gay media organization in London called “Pinknews” contacted a conservative, pro-family organization in the Washington area for reaction.
“The British ambassador should be sent home immediately, and the president of the United States should sever diplomatic relations for a period of time,” said Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate for the United States.
A spokesman for Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald dismissed the furor created by Mr. Duncan’s comments.
“We have nothing to say on this report,” the spokesman said.
However, the Rev. Miles McPherson, the pastor of the church Miss Prejean attends, took Mr. Duncan’s words seriously and added that Miss Prejean has received death threats since voicing opposition to gay marriage.
“You cannot say it was a joke,” Mr. McPherson said. “The man is a leading politician who may soon have great government power. Murder is murder in any context.”
Mr. Duncan is a close supporter of Conservative leader David Cameron, who is favored in public opinion polls to become the next prime minister. Mr. Cameron is reportedly considering naming Mr. Duncan as home secretary, who oversees British police and security services, in a Conservative government.
Mr. Duncan, himself, has tried to downplay his remarks and issued an apology of sorts.
“I’m sure she’s very beautiful and that, if we were to meet, we would love each other,” he told columnist Matthew Bell in London’s Independent newspaper.
“I’ll send her a box of chocolates - unpoisoned.”
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About the Author
James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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