The Iona Blog

Feb 12 2010 A liberal judge on religious freedom

Recently the Court of Appeals (the CA) in Britain found against civil registrar, Lilian Ladele, who refused to officiate  at a same-sex civil union ceremony on religious grounds. The case is now going to a higher court. But in its decision the CA did give some credence to the overall argument in favour of religious...

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Surrogacy Bill attacks child’s right to a mother and father

There is a Bill currently before in the Queensland State Parliament that will allow adults over the age of 25, including a single man or woman or same-sex couple to obtain ‘a child of their own’ using a combination of IVF and a surrogate mother. Opponents say the new law will permit adults, with the...

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Archbishop of Canterbury defends religious liberty

In his presidential address to the General Synod of the Church of England this week, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, defended religious freedom and asked how the right balance can be struck between freedom of religion and other rights. He was speaking against the background of the debate in Britain over the implications...

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Erich Honecker lives!

Breda O’Brien addressed the issue of conscience rights and the Civil Partnership Bill in her column in The Irish Times on Saturday. A lot of comments have been posted in response to it, of mixed quality and tone. Many of the pro-gay comments are abusive, which is to say, not very gay at all. Here...

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Working it out

Couples who are in unhappy marriages are faced with two opposing choices. Stay and work on their relationship in the hope that things will get better or separate in the hope of finding happiness elsewhere perhaps with someone else. But do couples who separate and/or divorce find themselves any happier than if they had decided...

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Guess what? Abstinence programmes work

Guess what? Abstinence programmes work

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Breda O’Brien on parental choice

Breda O'Brien on parental choice

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Bishop quotes Iona press statement on poll

Bishop quotes Iona press statement on poll

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Some support at last for a conscience protection

At last something approximating a debate took place in the Dail yesterday concerning the Civil Partnership Bill. Several Fine Gael deputies have now spoken up in favour of a conscience and/or religious freedom amendment of some sort including Damien English, Leo Varadkar, Lucinda Creighton, Seymour Crawford and of course, Sean Barrett. Several other deputies focussed...

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Liberals are not really for liberty or tolerance

Liberals are not really for liberty or tolerance

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