Cafe closes again in wake of protests

PUBLISHED: 14:56 17 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:27 17 January 2013

Paul Shinners.

Paul Shinners.


A CAFE owned by a St Neots man caught up in an international gay rights row was again forced to close as campaigners demonstrated outside against the potential anti-homosexuality laws being debated in Uganda.

The protest, organised by a group of friends from St Neots who set up a Facebook group called ‘Support the Gays’, made clear that it was a demonstration “about the ‘Kill the Gays’ bill in Uganda” and not about Mr Shinners or the Cornerstone Cafe.

The group was set up after an internet blog claimed Mr Shinners spoke in favour of the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill – claims which he vehemently denies.

Some people took to Facebook before Saturday’s demo to urge people to apologise to him and Cornerstone staff, since he had refuted the allegation, but Mr Shinners said staff decided not to open the cafe as they had previously been subject to abuse.

The Cornerstone managing director was travelling back to the UK last night (Tuesday) for the first time since the allegations were stirred up on a blog by atheist magazine Freethinker.

As reported by The Hunts Post last week Mr Shinners was in Africa and unable to deal with the allegations as he would have liked and clear his name. He said he had been in Uganda to speak at the annual National Day and Night of Prayer, but said he had not spoken in support of the Bill.

1 comment

  • Whether he did say what was claimed-everyone is allowed an opinion.Many people have died for this right over the years.

    Report this comment


    Saturday, January 19, 2013

More news stories

Fri, 16:05

A man was rescued from his home after a fire broke out at a flat in St Neots in the early hours of this morning (Friday).

Fri, 12:53

Police are appealing for information after a car crashed into a house in St Neots and the driver left the scene without stopping.

Fri, 12:25

A mother who struggled to cope after her daughter’s death was found dead after taking an overdose, an inquest has heard.

Fri, 10:05

A week of celebrations kicked off in Somersham on Saturday as the carnival court was crowned.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter