David Quinn: Why no Christianity at Christmas time, Enda?
THE most symbolic event of this year was surely the visit by Queen Elizabeth in May. Nothing better highlighted the fact that relations between Britain and Ireland are now friendly and cordial or that anti-English feeling is now limited mostly to sports fixtures (if that) and little else.
There were, nonetheless, several notes of irony struck in the sometimes fawning commentary that accompanied the visit. First and foremost was the fact that our liberal commentariat suddenly found themselves drawn to an institution that represents many of the things they normally reject, such as inherited privilege and institutionalised religion.
True to form, in her Christmas message this year the queen, as head of the Church of England, gave special and unapologetic mention to Christianity.