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  1. Robert, ex-pat Brit 9 Jun 2008, 1:38pm

    Maybe we should all start saying how vile, nauseating, disgusting religion is and then you’ll see the doublestandard from the far right along with the support of their respective cults rear their ugly heads crying foul. If this damaged piece of goods and her ilk can get away with it, then so should we. Imagine how she’d react if we bashed heterosexual behaviour and villified their sexual practices that include paedophilia, rape and adultery. I don’t see her bashing those do you? As someone quoted recently, “heterosexuality isn’t normal, its just more common? About time the UK Psychiatric establishment took a stand on this one, the ex-gay movement is a total fraud. Let Robinson produce counter evidence to demonstrate that you can convert a heterosexual to a gay orientation. Not going to happen.

  2. Maybe she should enter therapy to cure her of her Cristianity, something far more more damaging and far easier to treat than homosexuality.

  3. After years of sectarianism in Northern Ireland, it is quite shocking that this woman can continue on spreading discrimination; not now towards religious beliefs, but towards sexual orientation. As Northern Ireland looks towards a new future of peace, a new order of ignorance raises it’s ugly head in Northern Ireland politics!

  4. I hope that this woman will be punished. I don’t know if in the UK you have anti-discrimination policies that condemn public racist, sexist, homophobic statements (as in France, for example) but the law should teach her a lesson. I mean, 100% free speech is impossible and doesn’t exist ! You can’t actually say everything you want, when it goes too far, hurts people and almost appeal to hate crimes !

  5. I personally think her lipstick is vile, nauseating, disgusting but hey

  6. Robert, ex-pat Brit 9 Jun 2008, 3:10pm

    Here’s commentary brilliantly written by Wayne Besen, a heroic leader who is challenging the ex-gay movement at the national level in the U.S.

    “Gay activists and clergy are planning a silent protest Saturday morning (this past saturday June 7 I believe) outside a conference of ex-gays who contend homosexuality can be cured by religious counseling.

    The conference, called “Love Won Out” and sponsored by the conservative Colorado-based Christian organization Focus on the Family, has sparked controversy and outrage with several billboards in Orlando and other cities that host the traveling event. The billboards declare: “I Questioned Homosexuality and discovered love won out.” The group’s message is that change is possible.

    “For gays, this is the same as saying you don’t have to be black, you don’t have to be Jewish,” said Wayne Besen, executive director of, a Brooklyn-based gay advocacy group. “They represent us as broken and incomplete people.”

    Protesters, organized by Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, will meet outside First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, where organizers say the conference is expected to draw about 500 participants. The conference coincides with Gay Days, which annually attracts thousands of gays to Orlando and Disney World.

    Earlier in the week, leaders of Orlando’s gay community denounced the conference and the billboards as part of the larger agenda by Christian groups to deny gays rights — including same-sex marriage — and portray gays and lesbians as deviant and abnormal.

    Before Orlando, Love Won Out had erected the controversial billboards in eight cities. In some cities, the billboards have been vandalized.

    The ex-gays conference is the setting for the latest battleground between conservative Christian ministries and gay activists over the unsolved question of what determines a person’s sexual orientation. The ministries argue that same-sex attraction results from specific events in a person’s life — such as sexual abuse, personal trauma and dysfunctional families — that can be corrected with Christian-based counseling.

    “Same-sex attraction is the result of a number of influential factors, but, no, we don’t believe people are born gay,” said Melissa Fryrear, director of gender issues for Focus on the Family. “We believe homosexuals can be converted and same-sex attractions can change.”

    Research by the American Psychological Association and other mental-health organizations disputes that view of homosexuality, said Kathryn Norsworthy, a licensed psychologist in Winter Park.

    “Homosexuality is not a deviant behavior or abnormal. There is no need for a cure,” Norsworthy said.

    Jill Bley, a psychologist with the American Psychological Association, said there is no evidence that therapy can change a person’s sexuality — only that some people can repress their sexual desires.

    “They cannot change because, we believe, it is a chemical, biological thing that happens in very early stages of development,” said Bley, whose practice is in Cincinnati.

    Love Won Out points to a recent study as proof that change in sexual orientation is possible. Researchers followed a group of gays and lesbians who had been referred for “conversion therapy” by Exodus International, an Orlando-based ministry for ex-gays. The study found that 15 of the 98 gays and lesbians had become heterosexual.

    But Besen says the therapy is a false hope that Love Won Out sells to unhappy homosexuals, their families and friends. Scores of ex-gays who marry believing they have turned straight end up in divorce court after discovering they hadn’t changed after all, Besen contends.

    “They show you the marriage licenses,” he said. “They don’t show you the divorce papers.”

  7. Cate Thompson (Qld, Australia) 10 Jun 2008, 2:13am

    If this woman is so afraid of homosexuals then she needs to begin her own therapy with her very lovely psychiatrist and attend bible study class. Poor thing, to have a heart full of such hatred.
    Maybe she needs to come out of the closet too.

  8. philiip g adams 10 Jun 2008, 8:43am

    this woman robinson is a shame to her party and the people of northern ireland. a fool who it seems that has no idea that the people who elected her also come from this minority of the community,iam one of thes people” homosexuality is disgusting ,loathsome,nauseating,wicked and vile, is she speaking from experence? or just wasting time and the people of northern irelands money ? she whom protest the most has much to hide! she should be made to resign. phillip g adams

  9. Robert, ex-pat Brit 10 Jun 2008, 11:00am

    I’ve no doubt, Robinson would identify with the situation in Poland, read on.

    LUBLIN: Often considered sick, gays and lesbians in Poland are being nudged towards programs designed to help them fight their homosexuality.

    In the south-eastern city of Lublin, a hub of Roman Catholic teaching, a nondescript white building houses Odwaga, or Courage, an organisation which offers “therapy” for homosexuals – to the consternation of gay rights groups.

    Behind its walls, men are taught to kick a football, women take cookery lessons and participants spend time praying with priests.

    “The goal isn’t to change the patient, to shift their orientations, but rather to prepare them to accept their leanings,” said Lena Wojdan, a Warsaw-based psychologist.

    Life can be hard for homosexuals in Poland, where more than 90 per cent of the population of 38.2 million are Catholic and where the gay and lesbian community has complained of living in a “climate of fear”. Despite repeated calls for a ban from conservatives, Warsaw’s gay pride parade was held on Saturday.

    Odwaga’s standard programs are lengthy. For the first year, participants must devote one weekend a month to support group sessions. For the following two years, they devote 20 hours a month to group therapy sessions.

    “Today I feel free because I no longer need to live out my homosexuality actively,” said one woman who took an individual program five years ago. “I no longer feel I’m a lesbian and I have even started to discover men.”

  10. homosexuality is disgusting, loathsome, nauseating, wicked and vile and claimed gay people can be “cured!

    True, true, very true, true, true, and TRUE!

    Unfortunately homosexuals don’t want a cure, they want to INFECT!

  11. Padriag Moran 14 Jun 2008, 1:42am

    Well Robinson, what’s “true, true, very true, true, true, and TRUE” is that you are clearly in need of an education.

    Incidentally, this sentence “homosexuality is disgusting, loathsome, nauseating, wicked and vile and claimed gay people can be “cured!” makes no sense at all.

    Why are you on a gay site anyway? Nothing you say will have the lightest negative affect on us, in fact the opposite:- it just proves all your religious nuts are either uneducated or closeted (or in your case, both). Slightly Freudian, don’t you think Robinson? You must be so far back in the closet you’re in fu*king Narnia!

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