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School chaplain removed from post over gay comments        6/1/13


A well known Church of Scotland minister from Lewis has been removed from a school chaplainly post after he criticised homosexuality on his Facebook page.


Rev Donald Michael Macinnes who hails from Bragar, made personal remarks online against same-sex marriage legislation.


He refers to homosexuality as a “disorder” and a “perversion.”  


But the post was seen by parents of pupils at Glasgow Gaelic School who complained to headteacher, Donalda McCombe.


Glasgow City Council said Mr Macinnes has now been axed from his role as school chaplain.


Mr Macinnes wrote: “We are not homophobic, and in fact many of us have great sympathy with those who suffer from this disorder.


“Many of us, myself included, agreed that the creation of civil partnerships was necessary so that individuals suffering from this disorder were not legally penalised in any way because of their sexuality.”


He said: “We can now expect to see the school curriculum changed to the end that our children will be taught this perversion as if it were a good thing.”


Mr Macinnes added: “I expect that at some time, in the near future, our enlightened politicians will introduce legislation preventing the proclamation of what the word of God has to say about this and similar issues.


“The Bible is unequivocally against this and states bluntly that it is 'perversion.'


A Glasgow City Council spokeswoman said: “The man is no longer the chaplain at the school and this decision was taken as soon as we received the complaints from parents and reviewed the situation.”


Reverend Macinnes is one of the last Gaelic preaching ministers in the city. He is pastor at Gairbraid Church in Maryhill and is the former minister of St Columba's Church in Glasgow’s St Vincent Street.