The Malta Independent 1 December 2022, Thursday
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Updated: Police launch investigation into priest’s ‘homophobic’ rant

Thursday, 6 January 2022, 07:30 Last update: about 12 months ago

An investigation has been launched into what a controversial priest wrote about gay persons on Facebook, police sources have confirmed.

Mosta priest Fr David Muscat has angered many after he wrote that if the person who is a suspect in the murder of a Polish woman last Sunday turns out to be gay or bisexual, this would be worse than him being possessed by the devil.

Two ministers called on the police to investigate Muscat’s comments.

Inclusivity Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli said she had written to the Police Commissioner asking him to investigate what she described as a “homophobic” rant by a the priest.

Farrugia Portelli said that as a citizen and a minister she has drawn the attention of the police to take action against these “obscene and homophobic” statements made by the priest.

“There are clear laws in Malta. I will never accept that a person is insulted because of their sexuality,” she wrote.

Equality Minister Owen Bonnici said that "a line has been crossed, and I ask the authorities to take the necessary decisions, because one cannot make remarks which incite hatred or negative sentiment against a section of society." He was speaking on One TV's Piazza programme.

Fr Muscat is not new to controversy.

In November 2019 he was spoken to by Archbishop Charles Scicluna over anti-migrant speech.

At the time he had described the arrival of foreigners coming to work in Malta as an “invasion” and had said that foreigners would soon outnumber Maltese.

He had earlier been filmed praising Imperium Ewropa leader Norman Lowell, who has been convicted of inciting racial hatred.

Fr David often films vlogs on different topics, including politics. The videos are uploaded to a Youtube channel that also contains various videos of Imperium Europa and its leader Norman Lowell.

 

 

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