Baptist mayor who refused to judge Halloween pumpkin competition which ‘glorified Satan’s angels’ is found guilty of breaching equality rules

Emma Reynolds

Last updated at 3:24 PM on 11th January 2012

Devilish business: Former mayor Tom Wilson said that Halloween glamourised evil

Devilish business: Former mayor Tom Wilson said that Halloween glamourised evil

A Baptist mayor who refused to judge a pumpkin-carving competition because it ‘glorified Satan’s angels’ has been found guilty of breaching equality rules.

Tom Wilson and his councillor wife Sonja turned down an invitation to judge the event in Nuneaton, Warwickshire because of their religious beliefs.

Councillor Wilson, who stepped down as
mayor last May, said at the time that he did not think young people
should take part in Halloween because it glamourises evil.

He and his wife were asked to go to the town centre for the Saturday afternoon event in October 2009, but decided against it after
consulting fellow members at their Manor Court Baptist Church.

said: ‘It glorifies Satan’s angels and celebrates the dark side –
Halloween is a pagan festival. 

‘I don’t think it’s appropriate to
involve youngsters in this sort of thing.

‘It’s not something that I
wanted to be associated with. 

‘People organise Halloween parties for
children without even thinking about what is behind it.

‘I don’t feel
I can be associated with anything connected with Halloween.’

comments sparked outrage from pagan groups who complained to the council that his comments were ‘inaccurate and likely to cause distress.’

Now, Cllr
Wilson, who is in his 60s, has been found guilty of three
breaches of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s conduct for members.

The council’s standard sub-committee
found he had ‘failed to treat others with respect’, behaved in a manner
which could have caused the council to breach ‘equality enactments’ and ‘behaved in a manner which could be regarded as bringing an office of
the council into disrepute’.

Cllr Wilson, who stands as an independent,
was ‘censured’ by the council and ordered to make a written
apology in the press.

Pagan pumpkins: Councillor Wilson said he could not be associated with anything to do with Halloween

Pagan pumpkins: Councillor Wilson said he could not be associated with anything to do with Halloween

Yesterday he admitted his comments had
been ‘misguided’ but maintained that he had been ‘harshly treated’.

He said: ‘This incident happened in October 2009 and I have not received a single
complaint by letter, text or email from a single person since then.

‘My choice of words may have been misguided, but I am only human and human beings make mistakes.

‘I am formulating my apology, but I am disappointed. I feel the punishment is harsh and I feel it has been a dreadful waste of time and money.

happened nearly two years and five months ago and I hate to think how
much money it has cost the council taxpayers.’

Cllr Wilson is already banned from voting at council meetings until February 15 after previous misdemeanours including being photographed in his mayoral chains at a health club and accepting three months’ free gym membership.

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I would have done the same thing in his position – for the same reasons. Check out Halloween properly and, yes, it does glamourise evil which no self respecting person should accept, and certainly a professing Christian should have the right not to participate.

dd -uk 17;05 — “again pandering to minority groups, it makes me sick” — Totally agree with you. These Christians act as though they were the majority in this country which surveys show they clearly are not.

Why does he have to be forced to do something. It was an invitation, you can turn those down can’t you? or I’m a wrong here.

I have seen a few films based on Hallowen night and let me tell you it all looks pretty scary to me.

Another story which plays into the need Christians have to feel persecuted. Is their faith so fragile that that they need to spit out their dummies at every perceived offence?

Another religious idiot – I’ll bet he’s scared of the dark too. He should be kept safely indoors away from nasty frightening pumpkins and pictures . He’s obviously scared of his own shadow.

Someone who thinks that a) there is some being called Satan, b) that this entity has its own angels, and c) that evil can be ‘glamorous’, is clearly not fit for public office. Mind you, I’d have fired him after he had his snout in the trough of free gym membership…..

The point here is, he could’ve just said no. He didn’t need to come out with the bible-bashing ‘glamourising evil’ comments, too.

Again pandering to minority groups, it makes me sick!

This is crazy! He should go to Human Rights court- see how the pagans like it being done for lack of equality.

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