Opinion Comment

Tuesday 17 July 2018

True debate is silenced by tyranny of tolerance

Democracy is poorly served when so-called tolerance silences those who speak up in favour of life, writes Maria Steen

COURAGE AND DIGNITY: Tim Jackson, from Co Donegal, of the pro-life group White Flag.com, during his hunger strike protest outside Leinster House last week. Photo: Sam Boal/Rolling News
COURAGE AND DIGNITY: Tim Jackson, from Co Donegal, of the pro-life group White Flag.com, during his hunger strike protest outside Leinster House last week. Photo: Sam Boal/Rolling News

Maria Steen

IT has been a bad week for Irish democracy. An Oireachtas committee has begun its deliberations on the findings of the Citizens' Assembly, but Leo Varadkar has already announced that there will be a referendum in May or June next year.

The committee should have been considering whether to recommend a referendum or not, but the Taoiseach put paid to that idea, leaving the distinct impression that the committee's principal purpose is to soften the public up a little more, to guide us into voting the way Mr Varadkar's new best friend, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has told us we should.

The same committee refused the perfectly reasonable request of Tim Jackson, that its members watch an animated, three-minute video showing how an abortion procedure is actually conducted.

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