LAST year, when we described Iris Robinson, wife of the First Minister of Northern Ireland, as “loopy”, we were far closer to the truth than we imagined.
In June, the rancid homophobe said she regarded homosexuality as an “abomination” that left her feeling “physically nauseous”.
Reacting to news that a local man, Stephen Smith, had been viciously attacked because he was gay, the bigoted Christian zealot suggested that he should consider “turn-around” therapy. Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster the MP condemned the attack but added:
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. And I have met people who have turned around to become heterosexual.
Today, Robinson – who has been married for 40 years – ‘fessed up to having had an affair while of an unsound mind, and said she would is stepping down from politics.
Claiming to have suffered a “serious mental illness”, Robinson said in a statement:
During this period of serious mental illness, I lost control of my life and did the worst thing that I have ever done. Over a year and a half ago, I was involved in a relationship. It began completely innocently when I gave support to someone following a family death.
I fought with those I love most – my children and friends; saw plots where none existed and conducted myself in a manner which was self-destructive and out of character.
I grieve that I have damaged my profession in Christ, but I am comforted that He was able to forgive even me.
According to this report, Robinson, who said she had tried to commit suicide following her affair, also considers herself “forgiven by God”.