Monday, 9 June 2008

Disgusting, loathed, physical disgust, nauseous, shamefully wicked, vile, an abomination.

Disgusting, loathed, physical disgust, nauseous, shamefully wicked, vile, an abomination.

These are the words used to described homosexuality by Cllr Iris Robinson MP MLA on Friday 6 June 2008.

The wife of Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Councillor for Castlereagh Council, MP, MLA for Strangford and Chairperson of the NI Assembly’s Health, Social Services and Public Safety Committee also used the Stephen Nolan Show to state;

"I have a very lovely psychiatrist who works with me in my offices and his Christian background is that he tries to help homosexuals - trying to turn away from what they are engaged in I'm happy to put any homosexual in touch with this gentleman and I have met people who have turned around and become heterosexuals."

This is despite the fact that the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1973 with the Royal College of Psychiatrists immediately clarifying that homosexuality is not a psychiatric disorder.

In their statement the Royal College remarked “The Royal College of Psychiatrists holds the view that lesbian, gay and bisexual people should be regarded as valued members of society who have exactly similar rights and responsibilities as all other citizens.”

During the interview Mrs Robinson made the following statements which I found extremely disturbing;

Stephen Nolan: Do you think for example that homosexuality is disgusting?


Iris Robinson: Absolutely

Stephen Nolan: Do you think that homosexuality should be loathed?

Iris Robinson: Absolutely

Stephen Nolan: Do you think it is right for people to have a physical disgust towards homosexuality?

Iris Robinson: Absolutely

Stephen Nolan: Does it make you nauseous?

Iris Robinson: Yes

Stephen 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.

As a consequence I visited Bangor Police Station on Friday 6 June 2008 evening and made a statement alleging that the comments stir up hatred and arouse fear, as per Article 9 of the Public Order (NI) Order 1987.

Article 9 of the Public Order (NI) Order 1987,provides:-

"9.—(1) A person who uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or displays any written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting, is guilty of an offence if—
(a) he intends thereby to stir up hatred or arouse fear; or
(b) having regard to all the circumstances hatred is likely to be stirred up or fear is likely to be aroused thereby."
Article 8, as amended by Article 3 of the Criminal Justice (No 2)(NI) Order 2004, provides:-

8. "In this part— "fear" means fear of a group of persons in Northern Ireland defined by reference to religious belief, sexual orientation, disability, colour, race, nationality (including citizenship) or ethnic or national origins;

I await notification from the police on the outcome of my complaint.