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Election Fever – Peter Robinson on Homosexuality

Editorial: During Election Fever it does happen that some leaders become leaders, some become leaders in waiting, and some become leaders who are wanting.  We would suggest that you view this interview with Peter Robinson, look at the history of the DUP, and decide for yourselves whether the DUP are a progressive party with LGBT rights built into their DNA!

So have the DUP  a policy over LGBT rights, Asa Bennett wrote in his column, that David Cameron would not find it easy to create an alliance with the DUP because of their track history, i.e.

Jim Wells  resigned as the DUP’s health minister after recently saying that “the gay lobby is insatiable, they don’t know when enough is enough”, adding: “The facts show that you certainly don’t bring a child up in a homosexual relationship. That child is far more likely to be abused or neglected”.

Iris Robinson, a former DUP MP and wife of the current party leader, Peter Robinson, described homosexuality as “disgusting, loathsome, nauseating, wicked and vile”, as well as an “abomination” that could be “cured”. Mr Robinson supported his wife’s remarks, saying: “It wasn’t Iris Robinson who determined that homosexuality was an abomination, it was The Almighty. This is the Scriptures. It is a strange world indeed where somebody on the one hand talks about equality, but won’t allow Christians to have the equality, the right to speak, the right to express their views.”

Obviously other parties have made comment on this interview,

Alliance Justice spokesperson, Stewart Dickson MLA, has criticised Peter Robinson’s remarks that if homosexuality was criminalised that he hoped they would obey the law.

Mr Robinson was questioned by the BBC on the remarks by his Mid Ulster Councillor, Paul McLean, who wanted homosexuality to be criminalised.

Stewart Dickson MLA said: “These remarks are just the latest in a long line of disgraceful and appalling comments by the DUP about the LGBT community. It beggars belief that Mr Robinson would want men and women to deny their own sexuality. He is completely out of step with British values and core beliefs.

“It is an indication of Mr Robinson’s position on these issues that he did not condemn the views of his Councillor who wanted homosexuality to be criminalised.

“Mr Robinson has got himself tied up in knots. If you are asked a question on this issue then your answer should be that you would not support the criminalisation of homosexuality.

 

Further Reading:

Health Minister Jim Wells Quits!

Reprinted Belfast Telegraph

Health Minister Jim Wells today quit his Executive post after facing massive pressure over controversial comments about same-sex relationships.

The DUP’s South Down candidate in the Westminster election said he was stepping down to care for his wife Grace, who recently suffered two strokes and went through major heart surgery.

Mr Wells has been at the centre of a political storm over his stance on same-sex relationships, after he claimed children brought up by gay parents were more likely to be abused.

Then on Saturday, he sparked further uproar after it was claimed he had criticised a lesbian couple while canvassing in Rathfriland.

As well as widespread calls to resign, Mr Wells became the target of an online hate campaign, which he said had badly affected him and his family.

He said that he and his family had been attacked in “a deeply personal, nasty and in some cases threatening way. Some of the outbursts on social media have been particularly abusive and menacing in nature”.

The pressure on Mr Wells had been increasing in recent months as he tried to juggle one of the most testing portfolios in the Stormont government – health – with the demands of looking after his wife.

Many of the health unions will be taking industrial action around the time of the May 7 election.

Early this morning, the DUP veteran told the Belfast Telegraph he had expected his wife’s health would have shown greater improvement before now.

However, he said Grace (right)will require long-term specialised care.

 

Health Minister Jim Wells

Health Minister Jim Wells

“As she now faces further challenges I have come to the point where I am no longer able to continue my ministerial duties and give Grace the attention she deserves,” he said.

“I have been working long hours within the department by day whilst receiving a steady flow of updates from family at the hospital and then sitting at Grace’s bedside throughout the night.

“Even in circumstances where Grace was sufficiently recovered and discharged, she would then more than ever require substantial assistance with rehabilitation. Having been my chief supporter throughout my career my first duty will always be to look after Grace and my family. Consequently I met with Peter and requested to stand down from ministerial office.”

First Minister Peter Robinson said he respected his Health Minister’s decision and thanked him for his work around the Executive table.

“I believe he has made a great contribution and always offered positive support at an Executive level,” the DUP leader said.

“I would have wanted it to be otherwise but I respect Jim’s decision. However, he is right to put his family first and I will fully support his decision.”

Mrs Wells, who celebrated her 57th birthday in hospital with a cake and surrounded by her family, has been diagnosed with Platypnea Orthodoexia Syndrome – a condition so rare there are only 50 cases worldwide each year.

And yesterday, it was reported Mr Wells was recently diagnosed with narcolepsy, a rare disorder which can cause sufferers to fall asleep without warning. The political row started when Mr Wells linked gay relationships to child abuse at an election event in Downpatrick.

Mr Wells said a child brought up in a homosexual relationship was more likely to be abused and neglected, claiming that such marriages were less stable.

 

In a video clip, Mr Wells was heard to say that “the facts show you certainly don’t bring a child up in a homosexual relationship”.

The DUP minister later apologised, but his remarks caused uproar.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said “the mask has slipped”, accusing the DUP of being “truly backward-looking” in its views.

Mr Robinson said Mr Wells’ remarks were “not our view and nor will it ever be our view.”

Police confirmed they were investigating the comments. They also launched a probe after receiving three complaints about an incident involving Mr Wells and a lesbian couple on the campaign trail.

It was alleged that he had been critical about the couple’s lifestyle while out canvassing on Saturday.

It was reported that Mr Wells had twice tried to apologise, but the couple had refused to accept it.

The daughter of one of the women told the BBC: “Jim Wells was trying to get in, trying to see mum and her partner said, ‘No she’s not coming out to see you, she doesn’t want to see you’.

“He really wanted to try and get in to apologise to her, but she didn’t want it.

“He kept saying about lifestyle choices and how it was wrong, how his party didn’t believe in lifestyle choices.

“My mum’s partner actually told him she’d voted DUP all her life and he’s now lost her vote.”

Crack Down On Camps

Editorial:  In the past we have written and republished articles about movements who state that they can change your homosexual tendencies.  Indeed the current First Minister’s had said that “homosexuality was an abomination and that gay people could be turned around “with help”, and offering to recommend homosexuals to psychiatric counselling with Dr. Paul Miller, who is still practising today in Holywood.

The reason I raise this again, is because the ‘Controversial Cake’ case is going through the courts, and in Stormont  the DUP propose a change in the law, which would provide for a “conscience clause” in equality legislation, effectively giving businesses the right to refuse service based on religious grounds.

So why should I highlight this now; well it is because of the following article on camps were ‘troubled’ LGBTI youths are sent by parents.  Could this happen in Northern Ireland, well unless we are very careful it could.  What do you think?

 

Reprinted from Gay Star News:Effort launched to crack down on camps where ‘troubled’ LGBTI kids are sent by parents

Says one survivor: ‘They blanketed their abusive practices under the guise of Christianity’
David_Wernsman

Thousands of youth have been abused and hundreds have died while in residential programs that claim to help ‘troubled’ youth, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center announced at a news conference Friday that it has joined forces with Survivors of Institutional Abuse (SIA) to launch a national campaign to regulate these programs on a federal level.

David Garcia, the center’s director of public policy, points out that neighborhood nail salons are more regulated than the industry of residential schools, camps and wilderness programs that are entrusted with the lives of these LGBT kids and other youth.

‘We’ve heard from survivors forced to endure torture techniques that include food and water deprivation, physical abuse, and electric shocks,’ Garcia said. ‘We’ve also spoken to devastated parents whose children died in these programs.’

David Wernsman (pictured above), a young gay survivor of a program for so-called ‘troubled teens,’ had his story of abuse told in the 2014 documentary Kidnapped for Christ and was present at the news conference where he shared some of the harrowing details of his ordeal.

‘When I was 17, two large men woke me up before dawn, tied a belt around my waist and forced me out of my home,’ Wernsman recalled.

‘I was taken to a dumping ground – guarded by men with guns – for kids whose families didn’t know how to solve their child’s issue. In my case, it was the fact that I’m gay. The program was an endless nightmare of torture including public beatings and humiliation, hard labor, and sometimes solitary confinement in a windowless cell where we relieved ourselves in a bucket. They blanketed their abusive practices under the guise of Christianity.’

Garcia and Wernsman were joined at the news conference by SIA Executive Director Jodi Hobbs and California State Senator Ricardo Lara who announced the introduction of his Protecting Youth from Institutional Abuse Act (SB 524).

The bill is co-sponsored by the LA LGBT Center and SIA to regulate the troubled teen industry and calls for no exemption for religious-based groups.

‘Tragically many young people have experienced horrendous abuse, neglect, and even death at some unregulated youth facilities,’ said Lara.

He explained that the bill would define private alternative youth treatment and education institutions and require them to obtain a license from the Department of Social Services and ensure youth’s rights are protected.

SIA reports the deaths of more than 300 people who are linked to these programs.

Since it is common for these programs to re-open in another state under a different name after they are forced to close, federal legislation is considered essential.

US Congressman Adam Schiff, a staunch LGBT ally, is working to introduce legislation that will hold all residential treatment programs accountable for instances of child abuse.

‘The measure will also increase the transparency of these programs so that parents can make informed and safer choices for their children,’ he stated. ‘Families that turn to these treatment programs for help, often as a last resort, must know that their children are safe and in the care of professionals.

‘We cannot ignore reports that far too many young people have died and suffered abuse at the hands of those who run and work at residential treatment programs under the guise of providing critical therapy and rehabilitation services.

The LA LGBT Center has launched the website www.PYIA.org to share information about its “Protect Youth from Institutional Abuse” campaign with an online petition to members of the US Congress and the California legislature.