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Waters takes O’Rourke to task over children’s rights poll

Yesterday on this blog Tom O’Gorman attacked Mary O’Rourke for smearing any and all critics of the proposed children’s rights referendum without so much  as pausing to consider their arguments. (So much for reasoned debate). Today John Waters makes much the same point in his Irish Times column. One passage in his column is particularly...

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O’Rourke smears those with questions on children’s referendum

Fianna Fáil TD Mary O’Rourke, who chaired the Oireachtas committee which produced the proposed wording for the children’s referendum, has slammed possible opponents of the wording as “the forces of old”. It isn’t the first time she has attempted to get her smears in first. Actually, her latest remarks represent a slight dialling down of...

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A liberal grandee questions the sex revolution

First it was Raquel Welch denouncing the legacy of the Pill. Now Dame Joan Bakewell, a long standing liberal campaigner, has admitted that Mary Whitehouse, a noted campaigner against sexual and violent television programmes, was actually right to worry about the sexual revolution of the 1960s. In an article in The Radio Times, Dame Joan...

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Our politicians and freedom of conscience

The Civil Partnership Bill was back at Committee stage yesterday (Thursday) and the issue of a conscience clause was once again considered and dismissed for the usual spurious reasons. Justice Minister Dermot Ahern told the Committee that “members of the public service (with) issues from their religious beliefs” have to “put those aside on the...

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Parental input key to teen sexual behaviour: Irish Times columnist

Breda O’Brien’s Irish Times column on sex education last Saturday contained a lot of food for thought and is well worth a read. Perhaps the most interesting point she makes is that, contrary to popular opinion, what parents say about sex has a major influence on teenagers and their sexual behaviour. She writes: “For example,...

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Civil Partnership Bill will treat Christians like bigots

In my Irish Independent column of last Friday I write about the upcoming Civil Partnership Bill. If you are a regular visitor to this website you already know that the Bill makes no provision for freedom of conscience. Instead the Bill, by amending the Employment Equality Act and the Equal Status Act will treat belief...

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Weigel: Defending religious freedom an urgent need

Noted US theologian and religious commentator George Weigel has written a thoughtful piece on the challenges posed to religious freedom in America. Arguing that notwithstanding historic prejudice against Catholics in that country, Weigel argues that Catholics have always thrived there, but he suggests that threats to religious liberty mean that this is “a unique moment,...

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When secularists like Church involvement in politics

We’re used to hearing politicians, especially those on the secular left, decry the influence of religion in politics. Such influence, they wail, breaches the wall between Church and State. So it was interesting to read that the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi called on the Catholic Church to speak out from...

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The Pill is condemned by…Raquel Welch!

Raquel Welch was one of the great sex symbols of the 1960s. Now, in a true man-bites-dog manner she has condemned the Pill for ruining marriage and bringing about ‘social anarchy’ in the form of the sex revolution. The Pill is ‘celebrating’ its 50th anniversary and Raquel was reflecting on the occasion in an article...

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Homophobia not relevant to same-sex adoption debate: GCN editor

On Wednesday, the TV3 current affairs programme MidWeek dealt with the issue of same-sex adoption. Brenda Power, opposing it, said that State officials shouldn’t have to decide for a child whether it can do without a mother or a father. But perhaps the most interesting snippet from the discussion was a concession from Bryan Finnegan,...

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