Creationist Voyeurism: McConaghie Update

Creationist voyeurism

Creationist voyeurism

Our series on creationist voyeurs, which begat our hypothesis that there may be some heretofore unsuspected disorder which we call Creationism-Voyeurism Syndrome (CVS), began with David McConaghie. His was the first case we learned about — see Creationist Suspected of Bathroom Voyeurism. For that reason, CVS can also be called the McConaghie syndrome.

Our team of clandestine operatives in Scotland have been diligently searching for news of McConaghie, the creationist who had been a high-ranking party official of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (the DUP). As we previously posted, he was arrested in connection with the discovery of a toilet camera found in the loo of DUP member David Simpson’s constituency office. Simpson says that McConaghie no longer works for him or the party. McConaghie was also a media officer for the Caleb Foundation, a prominent creationist lobbying organization; but he’s been removed from that position too.

Today, thanks to our most diligent Scottish operative (code name “Black Watch”), we bring you news found in the oldest English language general daily newspaper still in publication in the world, the News Letter of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Their headline is Probe into camera find in DUP office toilet continues. Ah yes, the probe continues. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

More than a year after a camera was discovered in the constituency office of a DUP MP [Democratic Unionist Party Member of Parliament], police have said they are still investigating who was responsible and whether an offence was committed.

Wow — we’ve been writing about this for a year! McConaghie seems to be getting a prolonged probe. Have the police made any progress? We’re told:

In August, the News Letter asked the police about the investigation and whether there had been any charges. Then, the PSNI said in a brief statement: “A 48-year-old man remains on police bail pending further inquiries.”

Yesterday, a PSNI spokesman said that the investigation had not changed since that point.

UK newspaper stories abound with undefined acronyms. PSNI appears to refer to the Police Service of Northern Ireland. US newspapers probably do the same with outfits like the FBI and the CIA. Let’s read on:

Through Mr McConaghie’s solicitor, the News Letter asked whether the former political adviser had a view on the length of time which the PSNI has taken to investigate the case and decide whether to bring charges or say that there is no evidence of wrongdoing. The solicitor replied that “it would not be appropriate for us to make any comment on this matter”.

It seems that even a suspected voyeur is entitled to some privacy. Here’s the rest of the story:

Mr McConaghie was a licensed Free Presbyterian minister and had been press officer for the evangelical Christian lobby group the Caleb Foundation, a post he resigned from after it emerged that he had been arrested.

We already knew that. And so we leave this case — for the moment. McConaghie is still being probed.

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17 responses to “Creationist Voyeurism: McConaghie Update

  1. Article states that, over a year after the can-cam was discovered,

    police have said they are still investigating who was responsible and whether an offence was committed.

    Well, at least no one can call this case a “rush to judgement.”

    Actually, I suspect this case is so politically embarrassing, the PSNI just want it to go away, and maybe even hoping that everyone will just quietly forget the whole sorry mess–a sort of slow-motion cover-up

    Keep calling ’em out, Curmy! I think we should adopt this, as a counterweight to the DI’s Ball State petition, as our own cause célèbre. We need some snappy slogans and sound-bytes, though. Any suggestions?

  2. Megalonyx proposes: “We need some snappy slogans and sound-bytes, though. Any suggestions?”

    Separation of church and loo.

  3. You’re never alone with Creationism!

  4. Megalonyx asks for suggestions. This would look nice on a billboard:

    Were you there?!?!?!?!
    (Because if you were, then some fundie has a picture of you doing your business. We thought you should know.)

  5. Life, liberty and property … and also privacy in the privy.

    Give me liberty privacy in the loo or give me death.

  6. Ceteris Paribus

    Thought that he
    Should put a cam in the loo
    But praise be!
    Roams he still free
    [Burma Shave]

  7. There once was a fool for Noah’s Ark,
    Who bought a camera and decided to embark,
    On a crazy creationist voyeuristic lark,
    To avoid his surveillance, to our warning, hark:
    Use the loo only in the dark.

  8. “No more snappers on our crappers!”

  9. I’m getting confused. This is an Irish case, so how come the Scottish operative?

  10. It’s possible that I’m confused, or my operatives are acting outside their customary territory, but I thought the mess was in Northern Ireland.

  11. But that’s why I’m confused. The case is in Northern Ireland, the operative in Scotland. There’s a sea between the two . . .

  12. realthog is boggled because: “There’s a sea between the two . . .”

    Top operatives have sub-operatives. My network is vast, beyond your comprehension.

  13. To which all I can say is: Hmmm.

  14. “Separation of church and loo.

    Since this occurred in the UK, shouldn’t that be “Separation of church and throne“?

  15. You only have proof I did micro-voyeurism. Macro-voyeurism is your religion.

    — Diogenes

  16. Belfast, Northen ireland, is where orange Marches are occasions for riots. In Scotland, they’re regarded as a bad joke. But your operatives are clearly displaying the American Disease of total geographical ignorance.

    In Scotland, we have problems of our own. Please don’t wish those of Northern Ireland on us as well.

  17. Paul Braterman says: “But your operatives are clearly displaying the American Disease of total geographical ignorance.”

    It may seem so to you, but really … what is there to know?