Sunday, 3 January 2010
Do you, Atheist Ireland, take the Orange Order...
What a strange people we Irish are. In the south, we have an organisation - Atheist Ireland - that is very upset at the prospect of not being able to be 'grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby intentionally causing outrage among a substantial number of adherents of that religion'. In the north, we have an organisation called the Orange Order, which forbids membership to Catholics, ejects any members it discovers to be married to a Catholic, ejects any members it discovers to have attended worship in a Catholic church, mocks the Mass as an idolatrous practice and insists on its right to march wherever it wishes, especially in those Catholic areas where it knows it will give most offence.
I know Atheist Ireland want to be able to offend every religion and the Orange Order are happy to limit their offence to the Catholic faith, but they really should get together. Such a cross-border union was surely made in heaven.