Zealot’s conviction ‘a blow to Christians’

Zealot’s conviction ‘a blow to Christians’

Bernadette Smyth, 52, above, a ‘vicious’ anti-abortion protester convicted of harassing a Marie Stopes clinic director in Belfast, has been sentenced to 100 hours community service.

According to this report, Smyth’s solicitor, Aidan Carlin, said her conviction was:

A disappointment for Christians worldwide.

He hopes the conviction it will be overturned at an appeal next year.

A five-year restraining order from pestering Dawn Purvis or anyone seeking to enter the clinic was also imposed. Smyth – winner of a Catholic of the Year award –  has also been excluded from going within 20 yards of the clinic.


She had denied harassing Purvis, above, a former assembly member, on two dates earlier this year.

However, on Wednesday a judge at Belfast Magistrates Court said:

The behaviour of stopping people, questioning them about why they were going into the premises, was a direct harassment of Dawn Purvis.

After the sentencing, Purvis said:

The fact that someone in a position of authority in Northern Ireland has stood up and said ‘this is inappropriate behaviour you have crossed the line and it’s not acceptable’ is really, really important not only for us and the staff that work in the clinic but for the hundreds and hundreds of women that use our services.

Anti-abortion campaigners have been protesting at the door of the Marie Stopes clinic since it opened in Belfast two years ago.

It is the first private organisation to offer early medical abortions in Northern Ireland, where the legislation regarding pregnancy termination is much more strict than in the rest of the UK.
A woman can only have an abortion if it can be proven that her life is at risk, or if there is a serious danger of permanent damage to her mental or physical health.

As she left the court, supporters of Mrs Smyth, some of whom had earlier formed a prayer circle in the public waiting area, cheered and clapped.

30 responses to “Zealot’s conviction ‘a blow to Christians’”

  1. Daz says:

    Very much related:

    A petition to have a protest-exclusion zone around abortion clinics.

  2. AgentCormac says:

    This hateful Patsy Stone wannabe deserves every hour she must serve helping rather than harassing her community. And as it happens, there’s a petition up and running right now calling on Home Secretary Theresa May to create a legal exclusion zone outside abortion clinics that would hopefully stop rabid xtian zealots like Smyth from getting their foaming, vitriolic mouths anywhere near women who have decided to have an abortion. I would urge everyone to add their name to it.

  3. 1859 says:

    Signed – thanks AC.

  4. Ivan says:

    If anyone else would like to sign it, there is a petition here asking the Home Secretary to create an exclusion zone outside abortion clinics in order that women can enter without harassment:

  5. Broga says:

    I have signed the petition.

    The cruelty of Christians is pervasive. They hold their bigoted opinions and insist on foisting them on people already vulnerable and suffering.

  6. Barry Duke says:

    Thanks to those who have drawn readers’ attention to the petition. Duly signed.

  7. Marky Mark says:

    Can I sign it, even though I’m USA citizen, or is it only for Brits’ ?

  8. Vanity Unfair says:

    “…Smyth – winner of a Catholic of the Year award…”
    In which century was this year?

    “…supporters of Mrs Smyth, some of whom had earlier formed a prayer circle…”
    If the prayers were answered the answer must have been, “No.” It’s also possible that there was no entity receiving the prayer. Either way, they should take heed of the result. Oh, I’ve got it. It’s a test. They have to try harder to make JHWH do what he obviously really wants to do anyway, being omniscient, omnipotent, ubiquitous and ineffable.

    “…Northern Ireland, where the legislation regarding pregnancy termination is much more strict than in the rest of the UK…”
    A proposition: any country that describes itself in its name, really isn’t. E.g.:
    People’s Republic of China
    Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
    German Democratic Republic (25 years: I can’t believe it.)
    United Kingdom of GB and NI

  9. Barry Duke says:

    I signed from Spain, so I guess it’s open to all, MM.

  10. Vanity Unfair says:

    To: Marky Mark:
    The petition is on which is not official. It includes a drop-down box for country. So, I suppose, you can.

    Official petitions are on and may only be signed by UK citizens or residents.

    My regards to the Funky Bunch. (I looked this up.)

  11. Cali Ron says:

    Thanks all for petition link. Duly signed. That woman’s just a nasty, hateful bitch hiding her intolerance behind a non-existent god.

    Marky Mark. I’m from US and signed. The petition had USA defaulted on the form when accessed form here and let me sign so seems OK.

  12. Robster says:

    This potty person can go and happily join the other 99.8% of prisoners who follow the same religious nonsense as she does as she goes about her community service obligations. She and her fellow felons can reinforce each others beliefs as they pick up litter and lay pavers on the footpath, giving each other a knowing wink as they swap little gems of religious silliness while trying to justify their crimes in the name of their favourite chosen fairy.

  13. Bob says:

    It seems that free speech only applies to fucking cunts who support the holocaust of abortion. Christians are denied free speech.

  14. AgentCormac says:

    Did you read single word of the article, Bob Hutton? It is not free speech, it’s ‘vicious’ harassment. Not our words, the judge’s. And as for a ‘holocaust of abortion’, what about the millions condemned to death by the christian church’s lies about AIDS and condoms in Africa? What about the mental torture it inflicts on millions more worldwide through its hatred of certain sections of the population? What about the thousands of raped and abused children who have suffered at the hands of christian clergy? Take a look in the mirror, Bob. You fucking oxygen thief.

  15. barriejohn says:

    Is this the same Bob who regularly ejaculates in his holey pants at the news that another ungodly infidel is suffering the torments of hell? One can, to a certain extent, understand people like Kim Jong Un bullying and coercing people into toeing the party line (as he is at present) as we know that they are totalitarian dictators, but these Christians are forever banging on about how they have a virtual monopoly on “compassion”, and how everything they say they say “with love”, which is the biggest load of bullshit seen since Desperate Dan’s Aunt Aggie baked him a giant Cow Pie!

    If you want a real laugh this morning just take a look at this load of old tosh:

  16. barriejohn says:

    Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (Vanity Unfair)

    Spot on; I’ve pointed out the same thing many times before. Oh, the irony!

  17. AgentCormac says:


    I just had a quick, stomach-churning look at that link to Hutton’s blog you posted. I had to laugh at the following:

    3. The Bible is Infallible.
    Many so-called “Christian” ministers deny the Bible’s infallibility and claim it has mistakes. IF the Bible contains mistakes how do we know Jesus is the Son of God? To call oneself a Christian and deny the infalliblity of the Bible is to cut away the ground from beneath one’s feet.

    As we all know, the bible is absolutely riddled from page 1 with glaring mistakes, self-evident inconsistencies and blatant inaccuracies.
    So to deny the infalliblity of the bible is actually to show how gullible and braindead one is.

  18. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: Please. Enough. Or at least give us some warning before something as coffee spilling as this takes us by surprise:

    “As mentioned above, I’ve read it through many times and have not found any errors. The supposed contradictions can easily be answered by keeping a passage in context. It is historically accurate and no known fact of science or archeology has disproved the Bible.”

    Oh my! Did he really write that. Is Bob sending us up? Is it a piece of jollity to give us all a laugh at Christmas. Must read the entire link again. Too funny not to give it another reading.

  19. barriejohn says:

    AC/Broga: I’m really quite averse to linking to fundie sites, but as you say that article really takes the biscuit for unintentional mirthmaking. Another case of so stupid that he doesn’t know he’s stupid. They don’t do irony, do they?

  20. AgentCormac says:


    Tha man is certifiable.

  21. sailor1031 says:

    IF the Bible contains mistakes how do we know Jesus is the Son of God?

    Yes indeed. How could we know? The circularity of this Hutton reasoning is so tight that it doesn’t seem to have escaped the rectum…..

  22. Marky Mark says:

    I signed, and sent the link to a few others that maybe be interested in signing.

  23. Marky Mark says:

    Well Bob…do you actually believe that snakes can talk, and a man can live in the belly of a whale ?

    Dinosaurs were on the Ark and didn’t eat the others?

    Kangaroos hopped all the way to Australia, and none died along the way?

    Noah and his family build a ship of wood that has not been reproduced in size until 2,000 years later, by thousands of skilled men with years and years of hard earned experience, and made of steel??

    And that Eve is nothing but a dirty slut always leading men astray…I may agree with you on this as I have meet a few Eves’ in my journeys through life on this rock.

    Do you understand carbon dating?

    Ya know they have discovered methane on Mars…which is most likely derived from organic life…explain that?

  24. Marky Mark says:

    Bob…know how friggen big a T-Rex is? go to your local museum and see. Noah and his family would have been a snack…Unless Noah blew fairy dust up its ass to calm ol Rexy down , so who’s job was it to hold up the tail?
    Fairy dust = downers, which you Christians want to throw people in jail for using it…or is it PCP the animal tranquilizer that = fairy dust?

    Who shoveled the shit out of the Ark ? where’d they store all the food and water? what about all the parasites and bacteria? And the thousands of species of birds?

    Why do we have an appendix ?

  25. Stephen Mynett says:

    Bob is nothing more than a troll who enjoys harassing people and glorifying in the deaths of others. He has no concept of reality or decency and when confronted with a sound argument often responds with “The devil must have blinded” you.

    He will probably never change as he seems to enjoy his objectionable way of life so much.

  26. Matt says:

    Looked at bobhutton.twat

    I’d usually try to say something intelligent in response, but on this occasion and for this particular person, all that is merited is… what a cunt.

  27. Paul Cook says:

    Blob is stuck in a time warp.
    Incapable of understanding and devoid of humanity, a man who needs to get his behaviour from a set of cobbled together nonsenses written by a bunch of idiotic imbecilic static Greeks too stupid to know the earth was not flat and that killing a dove in a pot with some herbs flowers and string doesn’t cure leprosy.

  28. barriejohn says:

    I see that our dear friend Bob is really getting the hang of expressing himself in more florid language these days. A big improvement. Now, if only the North Koreans could hack into his blog…

  29. Vanity Unfair says:

    To Paul Cook:
    The individual Greeks who cobbled together the New Testament might have been underachievers but please don’t forget that in the third century BC Eratosthenes of Cyrene computed the size of the earth and, allowing for our lack of knowledge of ancient Greek measures, might well have got within 3% of the currently accepted figure.

  30. Paul Cook says:


    Yes it was a remark to those who wrote in Greek (who may well have not been Greek at all) who made up the babble. Not to the atomists, the socratists, freethinkers or others who otherwise contributed to science.