The news that JK Rowling, Salman Rushdie and a long list of other notables have penned a letter pushing back against the cancel culture craze that seems to have enveloped the world is more than welcome. Increasingly, people across the political spectrum are starting to see the madness that this entails. One-by-one, often as they become victims of the idea that only certain ideas are any longer permissible, they realise the danger this entails.
In Ireland, with the new coalition government aiming to put hate-speech legislation in place it is time to push back here in Ireland as well. The idea that someone should be punished simply because another chooses to be offended is an inversion of common sense and makes a joke of the law.
Only a few short years after blasphemy was removed from the Constitution of Ireland, the government seeks to reintroduce it in law – only that the ‘new blasphemy’ is a mysterious doctrine, no one knowing what it entails until they fall foul of the thought police, the new high priests of modern Ireland.
Who is most at risk of the new hate-speech laws? Anyone that dares utter their belief in an objective Catholic truth.
Of course black lives matter
All lives matter and racism and discrimination should be fought everywhere. And yes, historically, people of colour have suffered discrimination and been victim of apartheid or similar policies such as the Jim Crow laws in the US. Many still feel the effects of the legacy of such racist legislation, and the process of trying to redress this should be continued. But the solution is not tearing down statues. It is not accusing people of ‘white privilege’ and demanding some form of self-flagellation as reparations. Shouting meaningless slogans and giving a podium to a group such as Black Lives Matters who seek to destabalise , with anti-Semitic agenda and want to destroy the nuclear family, does nothing to make this happen.
The new Minister for Children’s gender dystopia
Practically the first announcement by the Minister for Children was that he intends to introduce laws to to make it easier for 16 and 17-year-olds to legally change their gender and says children under 16 should be able to change their gender with the consent of their parents or guardians and GP. Each new government in Ireland seems to bring a new depth of madness. Has he not been listening to psychiatrists and medical practitioners in the UK who have raised very grave concerns about the push to encourage gender changing in the UK? Has he not listened to the testimonies of those that have done this, regretted it and have to live with the consequences? It is a dereliction of responsibility of the government and adults to allow this to happen, knowing that teenagers are vulnerable and going through emotional and hormonal changes that cause them confusion, and are at an age most susceptible to erratic choices that they may regret later. Rather than ensuring they do not take these potential life-destroying choices and support them until they become adults, the Government is aiming to turn their backs, in the name of choice. Again.