King Lawal, a 31-year-old Christian politician in the United Kingdom, has returned to his position as a councilor after being suspended earlier this year for expressing his biblical beliefs about LGBT pride events on social media, specifically on X (formerly Twitter).
Last week, the local Conservative Group at North Northamptonshire Unitary Council decided to reinstate him as a community representative.
Lawal had been serving as a councilor for two years before he was suspended and removed from various organizations due to a message he posted on X in June, which criticized pride events.
His message read, “When did Pride become a thing to celebrate? Because of Pride Satan fell as an arch Angel. Pride is not a virtue but a Sin. Those who have Pride should Repent of their sins and return to Jesus Christ. He can save you. #PrideMonth #Pride23 #PrideParade.” The post also featured an image with a verse from Isaiah 3 verse 9, which said, “Whatever God calls ‘Sin’ is nothing to be Proud of.”
Lawal explained that he felt compelled to comment on Pride events after seeing other posts on X that were supportive of the LGBT event.
Soon after his message, the local Conservative Group at North Northamptonshire Unitary Council removed Lawal from his position and stripped him of his roles as Chair of the Health Scrutiny Committee and vice-chair of the Scrutiny Management Board, along with other positions. He even faced the threat of a potential police investigation and was given an ultimatum by a local authority, suggesting that he must resign from his own business or face a significant contract being canceled.
In response to his reinstatement, Lawal stated, “What has happened to me has been appalling but I am encouraged and grateful to the local group for reinstating me. Any Christian, especially those holding public positions, should be concerned by what has happened, and anyone who cares about free speech in the UK.”
He continued, “How I have been treated is really troubling for a democratic society. It must ring alarm bells as this can now happen to anyone that is not in support of this extreme LGBT movement. Most alarming is that this is likely to get worse under a Labour government.”
King Lawal received legal representation from the Christian Legal Centre in his effort to be reinstated in the positions from which he was removed due to his messages.
Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, remarked, “This is one step on the road to justice for King Lawal. Sanity in this part of King’s case has thankfully prevailed. He is an excellent local politician whose motivation is to help and serve others. What happened to King is a clear case of viewpoint discrimination against a standard expression of Christian belief. Where was the ‘diversity,’ ‘tolerance,’ and ‘inclusion’? We saw instead a monoculture which requires approval, allegiance, and promotion of LGBT Pride no matter what.”
Although his suspension resulted in the loss of multiple roles, legal assistance has facilitated his reinstatement, sparking discussions on matters of free speech and discrimination based on one’s viewpoint.