Pauline Hanson in the Senate. Source: AAP.
Pauline Hanson in the Senate. Source: AAP.

Hanson explains difference between gay hate and Muslim hate

ONE Nation leader Pauline Hanson has condemned one of her own candidates for making Facebook posts she says were offensive to gay people.

On Saturday night Ms Hanson's party took the step of withdrawing its endorsement for Shan Jin Lin - a Taiwanese born woman who had been set to stand for One Nation in the state seat of Bundamba, in Ipswich - Ms Hanson's hometown. 

Ms Lin was booted over a Facebook post in which she linked homosexuality to pedophilia.

"Abnormal sex behaviour leads to abnormal crime," the post said.

"Gays should be treated as patients, they need to receive treatments."

Underneath the post Ms Lin added a link to a story in which two gay men were accused of child sex crimes - they were later cleared.

When asked why the comments were offensive Ms Hanson explained: "Because I don't believe that to be the case and I do find it offensive I know a lot of gays and I do not see that they should be submitted as patients in hospital."

"I think there are more important issues in this state (Queensland) to deal with and I want people of substance to run in my party and help get this state back on track."

In the wake of the party's announcement that Ms Lin had been kicked out for making disparaging remarks about homosexuals several people took to social media querying why negative attitudes towards gays were not okay but Muslims were fair game.

"Pauline Hanson's party cannot afford to have their cake and eat it too," Tom Vernham posted on Ms Lin's Facebook page after she shared news of her dumping with supporters. 

"To move to the Cultural Marxism (gay side) is utterly disingenuous to her position on Islam."

However Ms Hanson disagreed. 

"This is a totally different issue, she is making comments that they have a medical condition," Ms Hanson said.

"That is totally different to when you have a religion undermining society and when I make comments about Islam 47 per cent of people agree.

"And they say the problem is that these people don't assimilate.

"They're two totally different subjects and I think that people who try to compare them are just plucking an argument out of thin air."

Ms Hanson said Ms Lin was warned on Friday night when it was brought to her attention what had been posted.

She said she was warned but Ms Lin "held her ground."

"If they can't take a directive from when they're a candidate then it will be open slather when they get into parliament," Ms Hanson said.

Ms Hanson said Ms Lin was welcome to make such "outlandish statements" if she wished to run under her own name.

This afternoon via a statement Ms Lin said the dis-endorsement came as a complete surprise and said she believed the issue was of more importance to Ms Hanson's chief-of-staff James Ashby than Ms Hanson herself. 

"On Friday I posted an article to my Facebook page about a homosexual couple who had been accused of sexually abusing foster children in their care," Ms Lin wrote.  

"This posting was a natural reaction to child sexual abuse and reflects the horror of the community.

"When it was brought to my attention that the couple had been found not guilty in a court of law, the post was subsequently removed.

"This dis-endorsement decision has come as a complete surprise as One Nation has no policy to be adhered to on this issue except for that of a referendum on gay marriage whereby the community would have its say.

"The speed of the dis-endorsement decision - without any chance to defend myself - has also been remarkable.

"At no time have I been able to speak directly with Pauline Hanson and therefore I have not had the ability to check what has been related to her about the matter.

"All candidates are only able to contact her via her Chief of Staff Mr James Ashby, who then replies back on her behalf.

"I have been greatly reassured by the messages of support on my Facebook page.

"Members of the community have encouraged me to stand strong on my beliefs.

"I have also had support from others within the party. I would suggest that the alleged issue was far more important to Mr Ashby than the membership or executive of One Nation."

Mr Ashby declined to comment on the issue. 

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