Wednesday 29 March 2017

Taoiseach must hold Saudi Arabia and Iran to account over support for extremism

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. We cannot pretend that violent tendencies within Islam are restricted to the likes of Isil when Iran and Saudi Arabia practice and bankroll militant forms of the religion
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. We cannot pretend that violent tendencies within Islam are restricted to the likes of Isil when Iran and Saudi Arabia practice and bankroll militant forms of the religion
David Quinn

David Quinn

In his speech in the Dáil this week dealing with the murders in Paris, Taoiseach Enda Kenny did something that was surely unique in all the speeches delivered by all the politicians in all the world on this topic. He, or rather his speech-writer, managed to work a reference to the Knights Templar into his address.

What, you might ask, is the relevance of a mediaeval Catholic order like the Knights Templar to a speech about the Paris killings?

Enda informed us: "Back in 1307, almost to the month, the Knights Templar were arrested, interrogated, tortured and charged with heresy."

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