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Iris Robinson: It’s not over

You may recall from previous posts (here, here and here) that I’ve been following the saga of Iris Robinson’s views on “the gays”. Well, I’m not alone. The Police Service of Northern Ireland have referred her case to the Public Prosecution Service. A quick recap, courtesy of the Irish Times:

The comments were made last June on a live radio broadcast on Radio Ulster. She described homosexuality as an “abomination” and said that homosexuals could become heterosexual through psychiatric treatment.

She condemned homophobic violence but defended her comments as being in line with her Christian beliefs.

Ms Robinson courted further controversy a few days later when she said in a House of Commons debate on the treatment of sex offenders: “There can be no viler act, apart from homosexuality and sodomy, than sexually abusing innocent children.”

She questioned Hansard, the parliamentary record, but compilers said she was quoted accurately.

Lucky for her she’s married to Northern Ireland’s First Minister, who said:

“It wasn’t Iris Robinson who determined that homosexuality was an abomination, it was the Almighty,”

That has to be one of the most depressing quotes to come out of a politician’s mouth since… well, anything George Bush said in his farewel speech to the press last week.

Here’s hoping she has to at least publically recant these words, but I won’t hold my breath. She is a bible-thumping maniac par excellance and I fear we can only expect to see more of this in the future.

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