Scotland: A Christian preacher and former Conservative candidate has been gaoled for the sexual abuse of three children, two boys and a girl. He had met the children at the Edinburgh City Mission and gained the trust of their parents.
The parents of his victims believed he was a devout Christian and let him take the youngsters to play parks and swimming pools.
Instead Smart, of Christian Crescent, Edinburgh, used the time alone with them to carry out the abuse.
But this is not the first time Smart has featured in the Prattle. Back in 2003, when he was a Tory candidate, he ranted against Pride marches and campaigned to have them banned. His outburst directly caused a group of LGBT activists to call a meeting to arrange that year's march in Edinburgh. Somehow, no-one had bothered and the march would not have happened had the activists not been reminded by him. When he said
I find quite horrendous the sort of materials being provided to impressionable youngsters in schools now. It is quite vile., it was assumed he was talking about the repeal of Section 28. We now know he was talking about himself.
Preacher John Smart jailed over campaign of child abuse—BBC News, 17th January 2012. See also: Tories revert to type.—Pagan Prattle, 22nd April 2003 and Disappointment—Pagan Prattle, 20th July 2003.