Thursday, May 31, 2007

Hate still rages in Northern Ireland

In spite of all the work to rebuild community relations, certain politicians in Northern Ireland seem to still think it's acceptable to preach other forms of hatred. Ian Paisley Jnr, a (appropriately) junior minister in the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister which is responsible for equality, has attacked lesbian and gay people and claimed they "harm themselves and - without caring about it - harm society". (BBC News: Row over 'repulsive gays' comment) He seems not to realise that what is really harming society are not people who wish to be true to themselves and their identity, and in some cases form permanent unions (the lesser Paisley has never been consistent on unions) but sad twisted despicable little bigots in politics.

It is rare that I ever find myself in agree with Martin McGuinness, but he has said it well:

I don't know what he's going to do but I certainly think that we have a problem insofar as a junior minister in that department has expressed views which are a total contradiction of everything that the OFDFM is charged to do in terms of protecting the rights of all sorts of people within our society, including minorities. (BBC News: McGuinness slams DUP gay remarks)
Unfortunately the likelihood of Paisley Jnr being sacked by his father is zero. It seems to get sacked in the DUP one needs to have a "massage" for a "sports injury".

1 comment:

Paul Burgin said...

But, as disapointing as this is are you surprised! The sad thing about the Paisley Clan is that you are shocked when they do something positive!


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