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Old 06-12-2008, 05:11 PM   #1
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'Counselling can change homosexuals'

I couldn't believe this story when I first heard it.

A gay man in the area we live in was attacked and the wife of our First Minister, who is also an MP/MLA, was asked for her comments on a radio show. She suggested that gay people can be changed if they seek counselling and has defended her comments by saying she was "defending the word of God".

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Homophobic assault victim calls for Robinson resignation - Ireland - Breaking News - Belfast Telegraph
BBC NEWS | Northern Ireland | 'Gay counselling' call rejected

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A gay rights campaigner has rejected a Northern Ireland assembly member's call for homosexuals to seek psychiatric counselling.

David McCartney from the Rainbow Project was responding to comments from Iris Robinson, who is the chair of the Stormont health committee.

Mrs Robinson said with help, gay people could be "turned around".

Mr McCartney said there was "no body of evidence" to support this and asked to meet the MP.

Mrs Robinson made her comments on BBC Radio Ulster's Nolan Show on Friday.

She said she would defend her right to express religious beliefs, while also condemning violence against the gay community.


"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," she said.

"I'm happy to put any homosexual in touch with this gentleman and I have met people who have turned around and become heterosexuals."
What her and her husband have said: BBC NEWS | Northern Ireland | Minister defends wife in gay row. Also a video with her defending her remarks.
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I couldn't believe this story when I first heard.
Well, given that it's the Robinsons, I'm surprised that you're surprised.
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that video is the most disgusting thing i've seen in ages
it disturbs me that someone who actually has a proper education manages to smile while comparing homosexuals to murderers and other sinners and tops it all off with saying that she doesn't feel she said anything wrong because it's not her opinion but "the word of God"

it's sickening
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"How can anyone take issue with the word of God?

We are to love the sinner, not the sin."
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i wonder if we could counsel heterosexuals?

the are two women i can think of who'd like to be done with men

but, dammit, they just aren't into va-jay-jay.

maybe counseling could help them?
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maybe counseling could help them?
They should try it at least.
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If anyone needs any proof of the real world consequences of comments like these, they should sit in, in one of my shifts at the Samaritans...we got quite a few calls relating directly to her comments. NI has it's own little twisted version of the bible belt.
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i wonder if we could counsel heterosexuals?

the are two women i can think of who'd like to be done with men

but, dammit, they just aren't into va-jay-jay.

maybe counseling could help them?
Every documentary I have seen on the subject tells me it just takes some funky music.
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If anyone needs any proof of the real world consequences of comments like these, they should sit in, in one of my shifts at the Samaritans...we got quite a few calls relating directly to her comments. NI has it's own little twisted version of the bible belt.
Alreet mucker.

How's your work there going?
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Every documentary I have seen on the subject tells me it just takes some funky music.

It took me damn near 45 minutes to get this.
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Don't I get a for making jokes about porn
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Every documentary I have seen on the subject tells me it just takes some funky music.




nicely done.
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