Catholic Businessman Booted From UK's Institute of Directors Over Two Retweets, Loses Contract

Chris Menahan
May. 01, 2019

Two politically incorrect retweets sent out to around 15 followers linking to the popular Christian website LifeSiteNews was enough to get Catholic businessman Michael Willis booted from the "prestigious business association" the Institute of Directors.

From LifeSiteNews:
A Catholic businessman was suspended from a prestigious business association and has lost a long-term contract because he tweeted links to LifeSiteNews reports.

Michael Willis, a resident of Scotland who provides CEO and director mentoring, was suspended from membership of the UK’s Institute of Directors (IoD) after a newspaper revealed last May that Willis had shared two articles on Twitter about Islamic migration and the low European birth rate. Willis was the director of board development for IoD, with which he had worked for more than 17 years.

Willis confirmed that the articles he retweeted were by LifeSiteNews: “Muslim takeover of Europe is ‘biggest story of our time’ and nobody knows it” (August 11, 2017) and “Europe’s childless leaders symbolize a dying continent soon to be overrun by Muslims” (August 16, 2017). Both articles are news stories relating the opinions of journalist Mark Steyn. One of the articles contains a quote by entrepreneur Elon Musk.

The newspaper, called The National, has a circulation of only 9,101. It is linked to the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP), headed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. In LifeSiteNews’ August 16 article, Sturgeon is listed among the many western European leaders who have never had a child.

“The National is the linchpin, the mouthpiece of the SNP,” Willis told LifeSiteNews. “You get destroyed if you criticize Nicola.”

[...] Meanwhile, [Willis] believes he had only 15 Twitter followers when he shared the LifeSiteNews articles, two of the only three tweets he had ever retweeted.

“They did a hatchet job on me,” the businessman said of The National.
Read his full defense at LifeSiteNews (which I'll be sure to link to more than ever).

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