It was once known as the Isle of Saints and scholars, a title it proudly held for 1,500 years. But now Ireland has embraced a different kind of Pride: the rainbow-flag waving, Shout-Your-Abortion kind. And the learned Holy men have been replaced by witches’n’warlocks who would not look out of place in a 1970s Hammer House of Horror movie – though it would be a Hate Crime to say so.
Armageddon has finally arrived in Ireland, as Christianity locks horns with modern paganism – no longer the Old Religion of the druids but a shiny (indeed glittery) kind. Jesus sat on a donkey, but these people ride unicorns. “Love thy neighbour” has been replaced by “Love Is Love,” the ultimate slogan of permissiveness: the “+” in “LGBTQI+”. This “plus” is a question mark for those who don’t quite understand exactly what it stands for, since almost every conceivable sexual preference is already covered in the alphabetti-spaghetti; ask the people waving the rainbow flags and they will give an answer worthy of Darby O’Gill while reporting you to the police for homophobia/transphobia or possibly even plus-phobia. By the way, the police marched in Pride, along with the Army and Government Ministers – even the President’s dog is called the Irish word for Pride [Bród].
This “+” is the new religion, which is rapidly replacing Christianity, and particularly Catholicism. Indeed, anti-Catholicism is one of its sacred tenets. Even the pluralist-state secularism which was promoted by progressive politicians in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, as Ireland emerged from a scandalous chapter in Catholicism, has now been abandoned in favour of the New Old Religion, with taxpayers’ money funding various pagan activities from arts and culture to education. Ireland, the home of the Druids until it was Christianised by St. Patrick in the 8th century, is, in ethos if not yet in name, the world’s most pagan country, where witches are not only no longer feared; they are revered.
Witchcraft has suddenly reclaimed a position it has not held in the Western world since the time of the Celtic Druids. It has, indeed, become respectable – more than “mainstream religion” based on Judaeo-Christianity, and certainly more so than Catholicism.
A growing anti-Christianity, based on scandals in the Catholic church, has gathered momentum, and now all followers of Jesus are expected to expunge a collective guilt for alleged atrocities committed in the name of Christianity by everyone from the Crusaders to the naughty monks of Italian Renaissance literature. The Church founded by the followers of Jesus more than 2,000 years ago has been let down by the sinners He redeemed with his bloody sacrifice. The modern Pharisees don’t do Christian forgiveness; they worship sin, and especially the Deadly Sin of Pride.
Dying embers of Irish Catholicism
The State, once closely allied to the Catholic Church, officially and actively discriminates against Catholics. This September, the country’s 2,800 Catholic primary schools will be forced by law to admit non-Catholics, but every other religion is exempt because they are all deemed “minorities.” While non-Catholics have been admitted to Catholic schools for many years, children who were baptised in a Catholic church tended to get priority. Education Minister Richard Bruton announced that he was abolishing the baptism barrier because “parents should not feel pressured to baptise their child to get access to their local school.” Exemption is given to schools representing religions whose membership makes up less than 10 per cent of the population of Ireland – which is the case regarding every religion bar Catholicism. This, the Minister said, is to ensure that every parent can find a school for their child.
While the Catholic clergy have been remarkably quiet on the subject and the Catholic Primary School Management Association appeared to support it (General Secretary Seamus Mulconry pointing out that it would only affect schools in Dublin, which are heavily over-subscribed), David Quinn of Catholic think-tank the Iona Institute described the move as “part of a pattern that amounts to an attitude of hostility” towards Catholicism.
Indeed, the once-cosy relationship between the State and the Catholic Church has not so much been dismantled as demolished and vandalised. All the major political parties, most of the minor ones and even most of the independents in the houses of parliament are fervently anti-Catholic in word and in deed. In Feburary this year, a Government review, chaired by former European Commission Secretary General Catherine Day, stated that crucifixes and all other “religious decor,” including statues of the Virgin Mary, were to be removed from hospital wards if a patient asked. Since the only religious symbols displayed in Irish hospitals are Catholic ones – a legacy of the nuns who founded, and until recently, managed and staffed these hospitals at a fraction of the cost it now takes to run them as secular institutions – this was, in effect, a ban on Catholicism. Commending the review’s conclusion, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar told Newstalk Radio:
We should have regard to the fact that in modern Ireland there’s now a diversity of views on religion and so on. It’s not a campaign from the Government or anyone around removing cribs or crucifixes or statues of Our Lady...but it is a message to charities and voluntary bodies that do run hospitals and schools just to have regard to these things. And the ethos of an institution that’s publicly funded should reflect the public, not just one section of the public.
Meanwhile, Paganism was officially declared a “religious identity” in fifty hospitals by order of a directive from the HSE (Irish national health service) following pressure from a group called Pagan Life Rites, who provide pagan celebrants for weddings, funerals, and other events. The CEOs of the fifty hospitals were told to add “Pagan,” “Pagan-Wicca,” “Pagan-Shamanism,” “Pagan-Heathenry,” and “Pagan-Druidry” to the list of religions a patient could put on the registration form. Previously, patients would have to tick the box for “no religion.”
Attacks on the Church range from the vitriolic to the petty. Back in 2012, Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore defended a Government cut in the allowance given to parents to offset the cost of their child’s Holy Communion or Confirmation.
Seven years previously, following the publication of a report into Catholic bishops’ cover-up of child-sex-abuse by priests, former Government Minister Liz O’Donnell called on the State to carry out “an official audit of the Catholic Church’s wealth, using legal discovery orders if necessary.” She said that “given the extent of its wrongdoing against citizens, the Catholic Church should be obliged to open its books.” She added that the special relationship between Church and the State should end, that the word of priests should no longer be taken in good faith and that there should be no more consultation with the clergy on issues such as abortion, stem cell research, adoption, and homosexuality.
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