Tuesday 17 October 2017

If 'inclusive' faith schools aren't broken, Ruairi, don't keep on trying to fix them

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn probably thinks religion belongs exclusively in the home and not in school. Photo: Pat Moore.
Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn probably thinks religion belongs exclusively in the home and not in school. Photo: Pat Moore.
David Quinn

David Quinn

It is widely accepted that Ruairi Quinn is a well read and intelligent man. He and I have appeared together a few times on radio and television invariably pitted against one another. But I've always liked and respected him. Unlike certain Fine Gael politicians we could mention, he doesn't blow with every passing puff of wind.

However, the other day he delivered a very ill-thought-out speech at the INTO annual conference. I'm not talking about the bits that got him into trouble with the delegates. No, I'm thinking about what he said regarding Catholic schools and 'inclusivity'.

He kicked off this section of his talk by quoting the American poet and PC goddess, Maya Angelou. The quote was: "Growing up, I decided ... I wouldn't accept any man-made differences between human beings, differences made at somebody else's insistence or someone else's whim or convenience."

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