DUP politician makes terrible non-apology after saying coronavirus is God’s punishment for same-sex marriage

John Carson with DUP leader Arlene Foster

A DUP politician has given a feeble non-apology after he said that the coronavirus was God’s punishment for same-sex marriage and abortion.

Ballymena councillor John Carson wrote this week on Facebook that the coronavirus pandemic was God’s punishment for an “immoral and corrupt” government that legalised abortion and same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland last year.

His public post, which was ‘liked’ by the similarly problematic DUP MLA Trevor Clarke, compares himself to the biblical figure of Noah for warning people about the divine consequences of abortion reform.

Carson wrote: “I said when abortion was legalised that our nation would be judged by GOD because of its departure from his word and the legalisation of the murder of the unborn child as well as same sex marriage.

“I was laughed at and mocked by some but as I said at the time they laughed at NOAH until the rain started. You reap what you sow and our nation is now reaping the judgement of GOD because of an immoral and corrupt government.

“It is time to repent and turn again to the GOD of our Fathers.”

After harsh backlash against the now-deleted post, the DUP councillor added: “They laughed and mocked my saviour too, but some day soon their laughs will turn to screams.”

According to Dunfermline Press, Carson issued an apology, yet still refused to take back what he said.

On Thursday, Mr Carson wrote: “Folks yesterday afternoon l put a post on Facebook which was taken by some and totally misinterpreted, anyone who knows me will know that l would not intentionally set out to cause hurt or offence to anyone and if l did then for that l humbly apologise.

“However l will never apologise for my Christian faith and will not be silenced by those that are opposed to the truth of God’s word.”