Iris Robinson

Reading Liberal Conspiracy, I see that Iris Robinson (MP in Northern Ireland and also member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, where she chairs the Health Committee) has recommended that people assaulted for being gay should seek medical help to “cure” them of being gay.

Back to the ark we go! I thought we had come a long, long way on the road to equality – and leaving behind the nonsense that being gay is a disease which people should be cured of. But remarks like this remind us that we’ve not got all the way there yet!

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  1. Yes, it saddens me greatly but the new generation of bigots have grown up and are now with us in positions of power. It also saddens me that they almost always use their religion to pin point [as I would see it] their warped view. I fear that we are in for more of these attitudes as the fundamentalists from all sides jump on the bandwagon. Come to think of it, they already have, and it is not always the fundamentalists spouting this hurtful rubbish.Pity that remarks like this were not covered in the Criminal Justice Bill, [after all it is a criminal offence to say hurtful things about people‘s religious beliefs, isn‘t it?]. But doesn’t the fact that you are still allowed to make hurtful jokes and remarks about Gay people with impunity say something about the attitudes of some of our politicians at Westminster?

  2. Her views may be horrible, but it should not be against the law to say them. Freedom of speech is an important value too.

  3. I agree with you Sammy but lets have a level playing field here. We don’t have freedom of speech to criticise religions.

  4. This woman is the wife of N.Ireland’s first minister. Respecting Freedom of speech is one thing, but its another to abuse her position in politics by using the media to advertise her own personal prejudices. I don’t think she’s broken any laws but she’s certainly crossed the line and I reckon she should be slapped on the wrist for misconduct. Politicians do have rules on conduct don’t they?

  5. Sammy while it may not be against the law for her to express her opinion, the same freedom of speech and thought should apply to does that she considered need psychiatric help, no matter what they wish to engage in. As chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee she should be concerned about actual health issues that effect the LBGT community she represents in that role rather than creating ones which even the Royal Society of Pychiatrists don’t recognise.The Nazi’s, and modern day Iran also thought similar things about homosexuality and we know where that led them while in power.Mrs Robinson must be ashamed that the largest school in her constituency managed to educate a liberal, homosexual, christian like myself. I guess I’ll just have to pray that she turns away from such prejudiced thoughts and gets on with representing the needs of all the people she represents.

  6. No – she is free to say what she said – and I am free to criticise what she said – and I have. Don’t believe a referral to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards is the right response – public criticism in my view is.

  7. Oh Lynne, I hear what you say loud and clear but as an elected LibDem MP you disappoint me greatly. I just wonder if you would have the same opinion if it was the Jews that Mrs Robinson had criticised in this appalling way.

  8. If Mrs Robinson in response to an attack on a Jew living in Belfast had turned around and said that Jews could be ‘cured’ by psychiatric treatment, even though the Royal Society for Psychaitry does not recognise Judaism as a psychiatric condition, by the lovely doctor she knows I’m sure Lynne would also have taken the same line.

  9. What’s interesting is that this has remained in the news for a week now and shows no signs of dying down. I think for once Iris Robinson has overestimated the tolerance of Northern Irish voters for this sort of bigotry (I speak as one of her husband’s constituents).A petition on the PM’s website calling for a reprimand for Robinson has gathered over 3,000 signatures in five days.It’s worth offering a transcript of part of the radio interview to indicate just what she said:Stephen Nolan: Do you think for example that homosexuality is disgusting?Iris Robinson: AbsolutelyStephen Nolan: Do you think that homosexuality should be loathed?Iris Robinson: AbsolutelyStephen Nolan: Do you think it is right for people to have a physical disgust towards homosexuality?Iris Robinson: AbsolutelyStephen Nolan: Does it make you nauseous?Iris Robinson: YesStephen Nolan: Do you think that it is something that is shamefully wicked and vile?Iris Robinson: Yes, of course it is, it’s an abomination.When interviewed later about her comments, she justified them thus: “Just as a murderer can be redeemed by the blood of Christ, so can a homosexual. … If anyone takes issue with that, they’re taking issue with the word of God.”It would be lovely to think she doesn’t really believe all that, but I have a horrible feeling she does.

  10. Sounds to me as if the people are delivering their verdict on her already.Better to have public condemnation of her stinking bigotry surely – then anything else.We can’t stop people believing what they believe – or having unpalatable views.But you can criticise and pull apart those views – and so persuade others.