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The Faroe Islands Theocon Who Refused to Dine With Iceland’s PM Johanna Sigurdardottir

And what would the response be if a Tea Party leader refused Barack Obama‘s dinner invitation because he’s black? Oh, those immutable characteristics getting in the way of entrees, like they are for Iceland’s Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir.

The world’s only openly gay head of state, Sigurðardóttir (or Johanna Sigurdardottir for those without fancy keyboards) is on an official visit to the Faroe Islands, the Danish province that sits roughly halfway between Iceland and Scotland. She brought her new wife Jónína Leónsdóttir, and Faroe Islands’ Prime Minister Kaj Leo Johannesen thought it’d be nice to get all the party leaders together for a delicious dinner. Everybody RSVPd, except
Jenis av Rana, leader of Miðflokkurin (which “can well be called a theocon party,” relays Arni Zachariassen), because he can’t very well sit down with a woman who violates the Bible’s teachings.

Jenis av Rana says he “wouldn’t dream of attending such a banquet,” given Sigurdardottir’s sexuality.

Funny, because as Zachariassen notes, “[I]n the famous Biblical story about Sodom and Gomorra, which is so often used against gay people, it was not homosexuality that awakened God’s judgement, but, according to Ezekiel 16:49-50, lack of hospitality. All throughout his earthly ministry, Jesus extended his hospitality and ate with those who were deemed unworthy, often because of their perceived sexual sins, by the religious leaders of the time. That the irony of this situation is lost on Jenis av Rana is baffling.”

Fine. More roast pork and caramelized potatoes for everybody else.