Islam against our post-religious beliefs
Islam seems strange to us, as we channel our 'religious' energies into pursuits such as football
The story of the first-year student in Limerick who was allowed to opt out of religion class but who still had to stay in the room, was seen by some as a sign that religion is still a powerful force in this land.
But it didn't really feel like that. If felt more like the dead hand of an institution which still has a certain power but one that is merely legalistic in nature, hanging on to whatever bureaucratic devices are available to it.
And there is a kind of a broad assumption that these things will pass, that soon we will be looking back on this as just another of the absurdities which were permitted in the gradual unravelling of what was once a theocratic state.