Saturday 25 February 2017

Only a No vote can keep biological parents at the Constitution's centre

David Quinn

David Quinn

Taoiseach Enda Kenny canvasses for a Yes vote on Grafton Street in the shadow of posters representing both sides in the campaign
Taoiseach Enda Kenny canvasses for a Yes vote on Grafton Street in the shadow of posters representing both sides in the campaign

Imagine the scene. A Catholic secondary school has 'a Catholic Week'. Every pupil must take part. Every pupil must pin a crucifix to their uniform. Every pupil must write an essay extolling the virtues of Catholicism. A few students object. Their teachers chastise them.

The story is instantly in the media. 'Liveline' devotes the whole of its show to it. Parents are in uproar. Atheist Ireland is protesting loudly and rightly that even in a Catholic school, parents are allowed to opt their children out of religion class.

The above did not happen, of course. What happened instead is that a secondary school in North Dublin held an LGBT week and pupils were forced to wear LGBT badges, write essays in favour of LGBT rights and do artwork in a similar vein. There was hardly a peep out of our media.

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