It is sad, though somehow satisfying to see the homophobes fall. Excoriating the LGBT community with Bible in hand, they also go to Congress and Parliament to make sure "God's Laws" become their legislative initiative. Almost invariably, they eventually fall, victims of their own hypocrisy.
So it is with Irish MP Iris Robinson who has been all over the news for having had an affair with a 19 year old boy toy. During the affair (it's been over for some time) she twisted a couple of developers arms to find him $100,000 in cash so he could open a restaurant/cafe in Belfast. And then, took out 10% of the sum for herself. To his credit, the lad has repaid almost all of the loans, her takings are another story.
Kirk McCambley, the teen Boy Toy, then claimed to have developed testicular cancer in order to end the relationship. McCambley who is a bit scruffy and shy, is now 21, and being courted by gay magazines to become their cover boy. Seems he did us a favor bringing down the MP who was notoriously homophobic. Robinson was a foe of the gay community which had had tried to defang her for years without success. Yet news of the affair discredited not only her pious preaching, but that of the Light 'n Life Pentecostal Christian Church to to which she proudly belonged. Indeed, on their billboard in the city, someone had scrawled "adulterers" in black paint on it.
Her comments about gays were particularly hurtful and divisive. She claimed that homosexuality was an "abomination" and it made her feel "sick" and "nauseous", and offered to refer homosexuals to a psychiatrist she knew. Worse of all she compared it to pedophilia, saying: "There can be no viler act, apart from homosexuality and sodomy, than sexually abusing innocent children"
She was 60 at the time of her affair with McCambley, he was 9 when she first met him, when she was having an affair with his father (how passed away) and her interest switched to him. Now 21, he was a teen at the time they did the deed.
Jesus loves you more than you will know...
Laugh about it, shout about it
When you've got to choose
Ev'ry way you look at it, you lose
-from the Simon and Garfunkel song
One can only wonder why this God-bothering fundamentalist Christian mother of three grown-up children, known for her outrageously ignorant and offensive anti-gay views, succumb to old-fashioned lust at the age of 58. Especially since this was not her first extra-marital affair.
Her husband, Peter Robinson is Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party leader and First Minister Peter. Having learned that this is his wife's third dalliance, he has resigned his duties "to sort it all out."
In November of 2008 Robinson received The Bigot of the Year award from the UK's Stonewall supporters. The Anita Bryant of Northern Ireland, and perhaps the entire United Kingdom, she won "overwhelmingly," according to a Stonewall spokesperson.
The awards ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London was attended by celebrities from the worlds of music, politics and the arts.
Interestingly, it was another Robinson - Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, and the only out gay bishop in the Anglican communion, who was voted Hero of the Year. Stonewall sure made some preceptive picks.