Just when we thought that we, as a society, had made good progress in respecting and liberating gays, lo and behold another worm slithers out of the rotten woodwork.
This time it was Iris Robinson, the health spokeswoman for the governing party at Stormont, the northern Ireland government in Belfast.
Mrs. Robinson spoke on a live radio phone-in show after a 27-year-old gay man was beaten up in a homophobic attack near his home and left with horrific injuries.
She described homosexuality as “disgusting, nauseous, loathsome, shamefully wicked and vile” and said her strong Christian upbringing meant she would never change her views and nothing would stop her from speaking out on the issue. (Her husband, Peter Robinson, is Prime Minister of the northern Ireland parliament, a post he shares jointly with Sinn Fein).
Mrs. Robinson then offered to put gay and lesbian people in touch with a psychiatrist who she described as a born-again-Christian who would help them change their sexuality: “He is a Born Again Christian and has links all over the world and I have met people who have been turned around to become heterosexual and who have gone on to get married and raise families.
“Homosexuality is not natural. My Christian beliefs tell me that it is an abomination and that is very clear.”
Do you agree homosexuals can be taught to become heterosexuals?
Do you think Mrs. Robinsons’s views on gays are shared by a significant number in society?
Is there a connection between gay bashing and religious beliefs?