Allan Hunsperger, an Alberta, Canada
Wildrose candidate, is coming under fire for saying gay men and
lesbians are going to hell.
Hunsperger is an Edmonton-South-West
candidate and a pastor with The House church.
In a blog post written last June,
Hunsperger criticized the Edmonton Public School Division for
accepting gay students, the Toronto
“[A]ccepting people the way they are
is cruel and not loving,” he wrote.
“You see, you can live the way you
were born, and if you die the way you were born then you will suffer
the rest of eternity in the lake of fire, hell, a place of eternal
Progressive Conservative leader Alison
Redford called the comments “shocking.”
“If we have people like this making
these sorts of comments in Alberta, I think that it's absolutely
wrong,” she said at an event. “Of course I disagree with it and
the fact that these are people who think that that's a legitimate
perspective, just absolutely blows my mind.”
The blog post was removed just hours
after Redford's response and with less than week before voters head
to the polls, Hunsperger reversed course, explaining that “The
views I expressed in this blog are my own personal religious views
and were given in the capacity as a church pastor.”
“I fully support equality for all
people, and condemn any intolerance based on sexual orientation or
any other personal characteristic,” he wrote.