Friday 20 October 2017

The crucifix – symbol of hope or discrimination?

Religious freedom? Gazan law forbids public displays of crucifixes
Religious freedom? Gazan law forbids public displays of crucifixes
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

We've come a long way in the last few years, although not always in the right direction. So it's fitting that this week, of all weeks, should see a rather daft row break out over whether the sight of a crucifix is offensive or not.

As you may have noticed, Kerry county councillors have become embroiled in a row over whether a cross should be erected in their new council chambers and, as is often the case with local council matters, it has become embroiled in gombeenism, sloganeering and, this being Ireland, absenteeism.

Kerry county councillor John Joe Culloty had proposed that they install the offending item when their new buildings are opened and twice as many members voted in favour of the cross being present. But, interestingly, officials insist that they might not accede to the request because, you guessed it, they were worried about offending somebody.

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