Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Tory MEP who Wants To 'Turn' Homosexuals

I thought Roger Helmer, a Tory MEP, had defected to UKIP. UKIP's loss will certainly be the Tories' gain if he does. He has been tweeting today that it should be OK for psychiatrists to try and 'turn' homosexuals. And apparently he has a history of such enlightened attitudes. He blogged a year ago that the word 'homophobia' was a propaganda device for defenders of homosexuality, on the grounds that a phobia is an irrational fear, and that he personally had "yet to meet anyone who has an irrational fear of homosexuals". Hmmm. Start with the mirror perhaps?

UPDATE: Amidst the outrage, there is a genuinely intelligent discussion of his comments on the Jack of Kent blog.

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