Ach, you couldn’t make this excrement up, you really couldn’t. From a report by the British Guardian newspaper on the cabinet reshuffle in the dysfunctional regional government at Stormont:
“Northern Ireland’s new health minister is a Democratic Unionist party assembly member who believes that women made pregnant through rape should not be allowed an abortion.
The first minister, Peter Robinson, appointed Jim Wells, the DUP member for South Down in the regional parliament, to take up the devolved health portfolio as part of a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday.
Two years ago Wells said that he opposed Northern Ireland’s abortion laws being changed so that rape victims could get a termination in local hospitals.
“The stats are very low for pregnancies which arise as a result of rape…”
Just in case you are puzzled by that last line, don’t be. It is a repetition of the argument favoured by the extreme Christian Right in the United States which insists that women rarely get pregnant after rape (or as they put it “legitimate rape”). Yeah, I know, but a lot of those DUP folks really do believe all that moderately insane evangelical stuff (just look as Nelson McCausland). Talking of crazy theories, via the Newsletter:
“THE future DUP health minister has entered the escalating row about an acknowledgement of creationism in the Giant’s Causeway visitor centre, defending it as “perfectly legitimate”.
Although the National Trust – which opened the £18.5 million centre on Tuesday – endorses the scientific view that the rocks are about 65 million years old, an audio exhibit in the centre informs visitors that some believe the earth is 6,000 years old.
…DUP MLA Jim Wells told the News Letter: “There is a perfectly legitimate point of view, which I hold, that life is so complicated that it simply could not have come together by pure chance … I believe that is a legitimate point of view, it is held by millions, and it has a right to be heard, along with the view that we all originated through microscopic cells which evolved into monkeys and so on.”
The South Down MLA welcomed the “very tangential and not very hard-hitting reference to creationism” at the Causeway and said he would like to see a creationist viewpoint in the Ulster Museum.”
Why is it that parts of Antrim, Down and Derry function as Ireland’s “Alabama”?
By the by, since we are in the land of myth and magic, the new Irish-Scots dialectal spelling of the name “First Minister” is no longer First Meinister. Yes, those creative people at the Ulster-Scots agency have now decided that the term should be written as Heid Männystèr. Apparently they lurved the double-dots over certain letters that they saw in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies and that “y” makes it just so damned Elvish. Though this is definitely not about making a dialect of English look less like English by changing spellings and adding random dots or accents to certain words. Honestly…