The Irish Times of Dublin carries this story: DUP MP ex-aide held over toilet camera.
Toilet camera? Yes, dear reader, that’s what the headline says. For those who don’t know, “DUP” is the Democratic Unionist Party. Wikipedia says it’s “currently the largest party in the Northern Ireland Assembly and the fourth-largest party in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A former senior DUP aide, prominent creationist and preacher with the Free Presbyterian church has been arrested on suspicion of voyeurism, it has emerged.
Prominent creationist? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We love this story! It continues:
David McConaghie (47) was employed as a chief advisor to Upper Bann MP David Simpson but has recently resigned from that post. He was arrested last month as part of an investigation into a hidden recording device, believed to be a camera, which was found in the toilets of Mr Simpson’s constituency office in Portadown, Co Armagh.
Nasty business! Let’s read on:
A former Pentecostal preacher with the Elim church and member of the Independent Orange Order, Mr McConaghie has also trained as a preacher with the Free Prebysterian church. He has worked as a press officer for the latter, as well as acting as the media officer for the Caleb Foundation, an evangelical group which lobbies on a range of issues, including opposition to the recently opened Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast and gay marriage.
Caleb Foundation? We’ve run into them before (see Government Creationism in Northern Ireland). This gets better and better. We continue:
Mr McConaghie has also been a leading member of the creationist movement in the North, and has met with senior personnel from education bodies in an attempt to have a creationist viewpoint included in the Northern Ireland curriculum.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That must be what attracted him to the loo. Here’s more:
The Caleb Foundation was instrumental in persuading the National Trust to include a “younger Earth” explanation of the origins of the Giant’s Causeway at its flagship, new visitor centre.
Right, that’s how we remember it. Isn’t it wonderful how it all comes together here! This is the last of it:
Mr Simpson told the Belfast Telegraph that Mr McConaghie “no longer holds any office in the DUP”. Mr McConaghie was not available for comment but his solicitor said he had not been charged with any crime.
McConaghie may be a messed-up fellow, but he’s definitely a great creationist!
See also: Essential Creationist Gear: Toilet Camera.
See also: Cracking the Creationist Toilet Camera Case.
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