DONNA Edmunds, a UKIP Lewes district councillor and MEP candidate for the South East of England drew fire from Pink Triangle Trust patron and editor of the Brighton-based GScene magazine James Ledward after the boigot said that businesses should be allowed to refuse service to anyone they want for whatever reason they want.
Responding to a post on an Internet, the Christian councillor said she saw now no reason for a proprietor to turn away gays, blacks or women.
Ledward described her views as “horrendous”.
I’m flabbergasted. There is no place for views like this is 2014. It is worrying because with proportional representation in the European elections someone like this could get in.
Edmunds is one of those crybaby Crhristians who are always whining about "persecution". She declares on her Facebook Page:
A survey has found that there are 41 European laws which discriminate against Christians. As a Christian MEP in the European Parliament, I will stand up for the rights of Christians to practice their faith freely and without discrimination.
Asked whether she supported remarks by another crazy UKIP member – Henley-on-Thames councillor David Silvester who said the floods this winter had been caused by the Government’s support for gay marriage – Edmunds said no, but added:
I believe that all business owners, Christian, Muslim, gay, straight, should be allowed to withhold their services from whomever that choose whenever they choose.
It’s their business. Why should they be forced to serve or sell to anyone?
When asked by The Argus in Brighton to clarify her statement, the EU election hopeful said it would be ok for a shop owner to refuse to serve her based on no other fact than she was a woman, or if service was refused to a gay person.
I’m a libertarian so I don’t think the state should have a role on who business owners serve. I wouldn’t refuse to serve gay people. I’m not saying their position is a correct one. I’m saying they should be free to make that choice themselves.
The Edmunds creature is not stranger to controversy. In 2011 she was forced to stand down from her role as lead councillor for communications in Lewes after labelling a constituent a “village idiot” on Twitter.
Nigel Carter, chairman of Brighton and Hove UKIP, said that if any action was taken against the councillor within the party it would be done at a higher level, but emphasised that her views did not represent the majority of those involved with UKIP.