- Because secularism allows everyone to practice what they believe in private without mandating for any particular belief, militant secularism is a cynical oxymoron which makes about as much sense as aggressive pacifism or hard line tolerance.
- No particular set of religious beliefs should be legislated for above any other; no one should receive special treatment because of their religion and certainly no one should experience discrimination because of it.
- Claims by certain religious pundits that their rights are being violated are disingenuous; rather they are outraged at their long entitled position being made equal to those of all faiths.
The response the piece generated was overwhelmingly positive and I was both humbled by the reception and heartened to see that my sentiments were echoed by the majority of Irish people discussing the piece.In fact, I was greatly buoyed by the fact the vast majority of the discourse on the civil and interesting, reaffirming by belief that Ireland is slowly and surely getting over its destructive relationship with religion. Predictably though, it generated some rage from the Roman Catholic faithful of Ireland. Some of the comments on the article are an absolute riot; here's a selection of my favourite vitriol;
|Catholic pundit Mary E Fitzgibbon forgoes ball, plays man.|
|It's too much effort to deconstruct this argument, so not doing so proves it wrong! QED!|
|Yup. I often skill doing research and pray that radiological measurements will be garnered by divine revelation.|
|I'm now denigrating the lofty PhD standard to boot|
- He opened with the thoroughly debunked "Winterval" myth, which states that Christmas is being banned in certain areas. This is not in the least bit true
- He confuses secularism with Stalinism - this isn't in the recording, but in the pre-edit version he uses Stalinist Russia as an example of a secular nation. This is patently false; secularism allows everyone to practice what they believe, Stalinism did not.
- He mistakes secularism for a belief, not a principle as I explain to him.
|Worth every penny, Mr Kenny....|