Where is the Rev Ian Paisley when you most need a good belly laugh?
NOW is not a good time for the Rev Ian Paisley – and it’s hardly surprising that the 84-year-old founder of the evangelical Free Presbyterian church who masterminded the notorious Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign, is keeping his lips tightly zipped over the Iris Robinson affair.
Shame really, as we would dearly love to hear this fundie foghorn pronounce on the latest twist in tale: the elevation of Robinson’s ex-toyboy to the status of gay icon!
Oh, the irony of it all!
The Belfast Telegraph reveals that he UK’s best-selling gay magazine, Attitude, has asked the 21-year-old to pose for the cover of its next edition.
Attitude editor Matthew Todd said:
We would love to see him on the cover of Attitude. We think our readers would go wild for him.
McCambley has also attracted thousands of fans on Facebook, thanks to the Kirk McCambley Appreciation Society. Set up on Thursday, it already has more than 3,629 members. The group says it is:
Dedicated to Kirk Mc Cambley, the guy that knocked Iris Robinson off her perch and coincidentally knocked her up as well. Not only has he provided the gay community in Belfast ammunition to drill her to the wall, we will no longer have someone on the health committee that describes gay people as abhorrent!
While McCambley’s stock is rising, Iris Robinson’s has hit gutter-level … and is sinking still.
Today we learn that, in addition to moves being made to boot the rancid, hypocritical homophobe out of the Democratic Unionist Party – which was co-founded by the Rev Ian Paisley – more embarrassing questions have arisen concerning the Â£50,000 she raised to set McCambley up in the restaurant business.
According to this report, developer Fred Fraser, now deceased, and Co Down builder Ken Campbell, each provided Â£25,000 for Kirk McCambley, then aged 19, to start up the Lock Keeper’s Inn cafÃ© in south Belfast while he was having his passionate affair with Robinson.
McCambley, now 21, claimed that Mrs Robinson had then asked him return Â£5,000 of the cash, which he did.
When his affair with Mrs Robinson began to break down, she then demanded that he return the outstanding Â£45,000. Of this, Â£20,000 was to go to Mrs Robinson and the remaining Â£25,000 to the Light ‘n’ Life Tabernacle in Dundonald.
But the Rev Pat Herron, the church pastor, said her chapel had never received a penny.
The money didn’t go to the church. We didn’t get any.
Meanwhile, the Free Presbyterian church, which is inextricably linked to the DUP, dealt a blow to Peter Robinson today when a senior minister and close confidant of Paisley, the Rev David McIlveen, called on the first minister to step down.
I do believe that his position is becoming increasingly untenable. He has a major problem with regard to solving his own family difficulties and I personally cannot take the view that a person’s private life does not affect their public life.