Dear God. Where to start, when your First Minister leaves you breathless? OK. Close eyes, say “Oooommmm”….That’s a bit better. Not much but a bit. Right then, let’s look at it in small bits.
1. Peter Robinson, unlike Martin McGuinness, waited until the elections were over before opening his mouth. Why was that? Delayed reaction? Overcome with emotion? Or a canny desire not to alienate any morons who might agree with the good Pastor?
2. Peter wouldn’t trust any Muslims who are causing explosions and killing people. Well doh. Hands up all who would trust a Muslim who’s about to blow you up? Or a Christian? Or a Jew?
3.Every pastor, as Peter sees it, has a duty to denounce other religions. Whaaaaat? In that case all those Christian Brothers and priests who taught me, and priests who have worked in parishes in which I’ve lived my life, have failed in their duty, because they didn’t denounce all other religions. Not one. They believed in their own faith and urged us to do likewise, but no denunciation of other faiths. What kind of notion of Christianity is that?
4. Peter would trust a Muslim to go to the shops for him. In the name of all that’s half-sane and half-sensible: could you be any more condescending, Peter? Maybe trust them to hew a bit of wood or carry a bucket of water for you? Not content with a ghastly effort to justify not trusting Muslims, the First Minister now consigns them to some sort of underclass. Here’s the thing, Peter: would they trust you to go to the shops for them?
5. I heard George Galloway on the radio this morning and he echoed what I said on the Nolan radio show earlier this week: once upon a time not so long ago, it was ‘Never trust a Catholic’ and fenians are the spawn-of-Satan. Now it’s shifted to the Muslims. Should Catholics be glad? Speaking as one of them, I feel near despair. Galloway also said that if that if such a statement was issued by a leader of a political party across the water, they’d be out on their ear inside five minutes. Not here, though. (Galloway, by the way, is due on the Nolan Show on TV tonight. I’d say it’d be worth watching).
6. Finally, Peter – there are some lengths to which one should not go in order to corner a few more votes in East Belfast from the racist graffiti sprayers. You’ve not only disgraced yourself – by being our First Minister you’ve disgraced us, in that we allow this kind of talk to come out of your mouth. Shame on you.