Absolute disgrace Tim Farron under fire for refusing to answer when asked

first_imgProblem with people saying it’s Tim Farron who’s talking the most sense is: he’s a fundamentalist Christian homophobe. #notsurehowwegothere— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) April 18, 2017 Not exactly “liberal”🤔He may be “tolerant”of #LGBT people, but this doesn’t make me want 2 vote @LibDems @timfarronpic.twitter.com/X363I3w3hJ— Prossy (@Pkakooza) April 18, 2017 The leader of the Liberal Democrats has been branded a “bigot” and “absolute disgrace”  for evading a question on whether he thought being gay was a sin.Sue Perkins and David Walliams were among the celebrities who criticised Tim Farron for failing to answer the question.He finally answered the question on Wednesday afternoon when asked in Parliament if being gay was a sin. He said “no I do not [think that]”.On Tuesday night, Channel 4’s Cathy Newman asked the Liberal Democrats leader about his views on LGBT rights and gay people. She asked: “A while back I asked you if you thought that homosexuality was a sin and you struggled to answer. “Now you’ve had a while to consider that question, what is the answer?”He replied: “I don’t think I struggled to answer it at all, Cathy. I think I’m not in the position to make theological announcements over the next six weeks. “I’m not going to spend my time talking theology or making pronouncements.”She reminded the Lib Dem leader that in 2015 she had asked him three times if homosexuality was a sin “and you said ‘we’re all sinners’. Is that still the answer?”  Writer Owen Jones said: “This is an absolute disgrace. But hey, I’m just some sinning gay, what would I know.”Tim Farron has said his abstention on the same-sex marriage bill does not mean he doesn’t support it.He, along with nine other Lib Dem MPs, abstained at the third reading of the same-sex marriage bill, despite previously voting for the legislation. This is an absolute disgrace. But hey, I’m just some sinning gay, what would I know. https://t.co/nzu1PU7YLB— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) April 18, 2017 Tim Farron on C4 news failing to clarify his views on the gay community. ‘We’re all sinners’. It’s 2017.— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) April 18, 2017center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Comedian David Walliams tweeted: “Mr @timfarron you are definitely a sinner for your continued intolerance & prejudice. Please try and join the rest of us in the year 2017.” Bake Off’s Sue Perkins said: “Tim Farron on C4 news failing to clarify his views on the gay community. ‘We’re all sinners’. It’s 2017.”David Baddiel wrote: “Problem with people saying it’s Tim Farron who’s talking the most sense is: he’s a fundamentalist Christian homophobe”. Farron replied: “As a Liberal, I’m passionate about equality, about equal marriage and about equal rights for LGBT people, for fighting for LGBT rights, not just in this country but overseas.“Just because I’m Christian, it would be a bit boring for everybody to spend the next weeks asking me to make theological announcements that I’m not going to make.” Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said on Good Morning Britain that it is “appalling” if Tim Farron believes homosexuality is a sin urged him to clarify his position. Come on @timfarron It’s time to be honest https://t.co/rxjL4HtlZ2— Jonathan Bartley (@jon_bartley) April 19, 2017last_img

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