A Church of England priest has been ordered to remove comments from his blog calling for gay men to have their backsides tattooed with a warning about sodomy.
Reverend Peter Mullen wrote: "Let us make it obligatory for homosexuals to have their backsides tattooed with the slogan: SODOMY CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH and their chins with: FELLATIO KILLS."
The clergyman, who ministers in the City of London, was ordered to remove the comments by the Diocese of London, which said his comments were "highly offensive" and did not reflect its views.
But Mullen, 66, insisted his remarks were "light-hearted jokes" and "satirical".
"I certainly have nothing against homosexuals," he told London's Evening Standard newspaper. "Many of my dear friends have been and are of that persuasion.
"What I have got against them is the militant preaching of homosexuality."
Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay rights group Stonewall, described the comments as "nonsense".
"If I were a vicar at the heart of the City of London, I might be praying about other things at the moment rather than getting hot under the collar about gay sex," he said, referring to the current global economic turmoil.