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FAITH ALIVE

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1. Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery… So should we stone you now or later, Iris Robinson?

2. This lady’s sympathies are with the axe-wielding psychopath… 3. Pick a religion Tiger, any religion. “They’re (all) G-r-r-r-eat!”

4. Rabid anti-gay prosthesising by US evangelicals in Africa leads to alarming upturn in homophobia. (To be fair, I don’t think anyone could have predicted that…)

5. Bit late with this one, but there’s still snow on the ground so what harm… Santa Claus will take you to hell! (With thanks to Darragh.)

January 8th, 2010.

22 Responses to “FAITH ALIVE”

  1. Kim Says:

    Adam has amusing genitals.

  2. Conal Says:

    Vocal gay-bashing religious conservative turns out to have less than traditional private life…

    where have I seen this before?

  3. Eoin Says:

    You’re talking about yourself, aren’t you Conal? Let it out… ;)

  4. Chris Says:

    I particularly note the line ‘Psychiatrists may suggest that my mental illness was a significant factor explaining my irrational behaviour’. That doesn’t mean that that any of them have said it, it just means that they ‘may’ say it.

    Using that logic I can reach endless stretches of the imagination such as ‘Scarlett Johannsen may want to run away with me to the bahamas’ which is a pleasing thought but more than likely, untrue.

  5. Eoin Says:

    Absolutely Chris. The Robinsons are at the centre of the worst expenses claims scandal in the House of Commons. So I’d be extremely skeptical about these sudden claims of mental illness. Don’t forget, this is a woman who claims homosexuality is a mental illness and advocates gays get psychiatric help to turn themselves straight.

  6. augie Says:

    “anti-gay prosthesising”? Is that when you go around spreading homophobic hate-speech using a fake leg as an improvised bullhorn?

  7. Eoin Says:

    Ah, you know what I mean…!

  8. Colin Says:

    That Guardian article by a ‘Great Dane’ is hilarious and chilling at the same time.

    “Danes fail to perceive the fact that they have developed a society deeply suspicious of religion.” – better to have blind believers?

    She seems to think that an apology would have dissuaded fanaticism but then notes –
    “There are 87 men in Denmark with the name Kurt Westergaard and all of them now have police protection. Four months later, suicide bombers attacked the Danish embassy in Islamabad, injuring 30 and killing six.” – Yeah, a sorry would have stopped that.

    “This time, Westergaard’s attacker was caught – but someone else is out there waiting for an opportunity to strike again.” – WTF!

  9. Denise Says:

    I can see the Danish woman’s point. Why deliberately antagonise people by needlessly offending them? It only causes urself more grief..

  10. Conal Says:

    Is it enough to have freedom of speech if we do not affirm that right when the some of the ideologies of religion clearly contradict the concept?

    I guess the idea is that high falutin rights like freedom of speech need to be kept well oiled, if you test those rights and meet resistance, in this case in the form of an axe-murderer, then the test in itself is validated.

    it’s the thin end of the wedge – pandering to intolerance, once the axe guy in that story is finished with the cartoonists, and everyone else he disagrees with, he’d probably make his way around to the Danish lady’s house for having the unbelieveable gall to educate herself

    thats probably a wee bit hyperbolic but you get the idea

  11. Sarah Says:

    I believe South Park settled the Islam/Humour targeted at religions/ feedom of speech thing in it’s Family Guy episode. Also, when writing ‘it’s’ or ‘its’ does the comma goin the possesive case or ‘it is’? This has been sending me slowly mad for a week-I’ve blanked out primary school.

    Sorry.

  12. Lisa Says:

    Thoughts on the new Irish blasphemy laws anyone? Just out of interest.

  13. Eoin Says:

    Lisa, talking from queue in ricks burgers on phone here. I suppose I would say feck Jesus, he smells like potatoes.

  14. gueuleton Says:

    @ lisa – it’s a joke, Dermot Ahern is a dimwit and i doubt whether anyone will ever be prosecuted under it.

  15. Colin Says:

    The Blasphemy law could be interesting entertainment yet. Saw the Atheist Association are continuing to try to force someone’s hand by publishing blasphemous content and a new cartoon called ‘Jesus and Mo’ (http://www.atheist.ie/).

    Whole law is embarrassing mess, should have been disposed with rather than “refined”. Pity Scientology doesn’t have full status in Ireland or could have seen them taking a shot. Tom Cruise, Xenu and L. Ron Hubbard walk into a bar….

  16. Colin Says:

    The Blasphemy law could be interesting entertainment yet. Saw the Atheist Association are continuing to try to force someone’s hand by publishing blasphemous content and a new cartoon called ‘Jesus and Mo’ (www.atheist.ie)

    Whole law is embarrassing mess, should have been disposed with rather than “refined”. Pity Scientology doesn’t have full status in Ireland or could have seen them taking a shot. Tom Cruise, Xenu and L. Ron Hubbard walk into a bar….

  17. Paddy Says:

    …The barman says, Hey, why the stupid religion?

  18. Conal Says:

    wonder what the free speech loving Danes would have done:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/troop-parade-protesters-found-guilty-1864647.html

  19. Eoin Says:

    Ah, but does the right to protest include the right to stage that protest wherever one chooses?

    * The Orange Order have a right to march, but not to march through Catholic areas where their presence is likely to provoke public disorder.

    * Anti-abortion protesters have the right to protest on O’Connell Street, but not to picket Brendan Howlan’s house (as they they did when he was Minister for Health at the time of the X Case.)

    * Fred Phelps has the right to stage his Jesus Hates Fags demonstrations if he wishes. But that doesn’t give him the right to hold demonstrations at the funerals of US soldiers etc. etc.

  20. Conal Says:

    yeah, fair enough

  21. Eoin Says:

    Ha!

  22. Conal Says:

    a fair point doesnt make you any less of a gee bag tho
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