Is annamh a ligim Béarla isteach i mo bhlag ach amantaí tá ceist chomh mór, chomh tábhachtach sin go gcaithfidh tú ligint do dhaoine guth soiléir, ciallmhar a chloisteáil mar fhreagra air. Mar sin seo daoibh freagra don Eaglais, don Rialtas a lig dóibh ár dtír a ghoideadh, do bhunúsachaí ar nós Iona, don fealll a dhéanann ár dtír seo tinn le fuath ban. Léigh agus tuig. Buíochas ó chroí leis an duine a scríobh é.
“Helen Lovejoy Syndrome” is what Alan Flanagan calls it. That’s when people who are more moral than everyone else attempt to win every argument by screeching “Oh won’t someone PLEASE think of the children?” Divorce? Children. Gays? Children. Abortion? Now you’re talking.
Generally speaking, these children tend not to be real children. Real children tend to be complicated and unpredictable. From their hold-the-line-at-any-cost approach on “Tonight with Vincent Browne”, you’d be forgiven for thinking that some our more dead-eyed moral bullies would be appalled at the sight of an actual, real child.
Well, they have a real child this time, Ireland’s Helen Lovejoys, a tiny baby in an incubator. That baby’s mother, barely more than a child herself, says she was raped in her home country and, when she found herself pregnant in the middle of Ireland’s barbaric Direct Provision system, she became the central figure in Ireland’s latest horror story.
Three decades after Catholic fundamentalists got their hands…
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