Shameful incident in Newtownabbey

Here is a report from today’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’ that will shame every Christian who recognises just where our politicians, even those who profess to be Christians, are leading our land.

Councillor Alison Bennington is, as this reports states, an ‘openly-gay politician’, though I prefer the more accurate statement that she belongs to that section of today’s society which flies in the face of God and His Word and who, as the Bible says are given up of God “unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature,” Romans 1:26.

Councillor Alison Bennington identifies with the citizens of Sodom whose fate is recorded as a dire warning to those who would follow in their perverted footsteps. “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire,” Jude 1:7.

Paul Girvan, in an act of blatant denial of his Christian testimony, happily (he was smiling broadly) happily rejoices in this abandoning of public righteousness and endorses all that this woman stands for by embracing her as he does.

I can only say utter shame on Paul Girvan and all who support him and vote for him and the party he represents.

The DUP is leading Ulster down the path of destruction by their sanctioning of that which God abominates above all of man’s wickedness.

Why Christians are prepared to have anything to do with this party or to even vote for it, defies understanding. Let them understand that they will have to give an account to God of such action. No matter what profession a Christian may make, when they mingle with the enemies of God, the Lord one day will say unto them, “even thou wast as one of them,” Obadiah 1:11.

Let those involved in this shameful folly, remember the words of the Psalmist. “But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee. When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son. These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes,” Psalm 50:16-21.

An email was sent by Newtownabbey Free Presbyterian minister, Rev Brian McClung, to the Editor of the ‘Belfast Newsletter’, stating that the reference in the report to Newtownabbey Free Presbyterian Church was wholly inaccurate.

Therefore he asked for the removal of the reference from the website report and also hoped that such a misleading statement not be carried in any printed edition tomorrow.

Within a short time the website report was altered and the reference to Newtownabbey Free Presbyterian Church removed.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Antrim & Newtownabbey: WATCH – Cheers as the DUP’s first openly-gay politician Alison Bennington storms home to re-take seat comfortably

The DUP’s first-ever openly-gay politician has retaken her council seat by storm.

By Adam Kula

Published 19th May 2023, 17:00 BST

To cheers and hugs from party colleagues, including traditionalist-inclined Christian MP Paul Girvan (the son of the founders of Newtownabbey Free Presbyterian Church), Alison Bennett was declared the first council seat winner in the Glengormley area.

She breezed past the quota of 1,096 with ease, coming in with 1,432 first-preference votes.

The only other person elected in the first round was Sinn Fein’s Eamonn McLaughlin with 1,280.

Smiling Alison Bennington on taking her seat again in Glengormley

Meanwhile Paula Bradley, the former deputy leader of the DUP, took 825 votes.

Councillor Bennington’s victory is a massive consolidation of her position.

In 2019, it was Phillip Brett of the DUP (now an MLA) who topped the poll in Glengormley with 1,099 first preference votes, with councillor Bennington coming in with 856.

Councillor Bennington has declined to discuss her sexuality in the last four years since she was elected.

Paul Girvan MP embracing the newly-victorious councillor

In 2019, she told the Irish News: “I am delighted to have been selected as a DUP council candidate. “I am putting myself before the electorate based on what I can deliver for them as a councillor working alongside a strong team of colleagues, not based on my sexual orientation.”

Asked ahead of the 2023 vote if it had been an issue on the doorsteps, she had told the News Letter: “None at all. I was at a door the other night, and the party was called ‘homophobes’ and ‘bigots’ and I thought: You’re speaking to the wrong person.”