1916: the Irish threw off the shackles of British imperialism
2015: today they threw off one of the shackles of Conservative Jansenism-based Catholicism.
From today onwards, the Irish will be known as a progressive, compassionate and forward thinking people.
Women of Ireland
The next referendums are for you –
You will finally take your place among the “cherished children of the nation”
Remember : neither Church nor State has a role to play in regulating women’s bodies.
So what’s happening in Northern Ireland – the place that’s preventing the UK from being totally in favour of equality for gay people? Or conversely, preventing Ireland from being totally in favour of equality for gay people?
At present British women and LGBT in Northern Ireland are second-class British subjects.
No 1967 Abortion Act, No 2014 Same-sex Marriage Act.
Irish people are scarcely tolerated and were certainly denied a vote in the Referendum that was held a few miles down the road.
Footballers and not, we’ll be coming down that road.
Like Republicans, Nationalists and Catholics, Northern Irishwomen and LGBT people do not want or expect “acceptance” from religious bigots.
No one has the right to presume we need or want their “acceptance” – any more than we think we should “accept” the religious bigots and their beliefs.
It’s arrogant in the extreme to even suggest that we need to be “accepted“.
The bigots imagine they have the authority to refuse to “accept” others . This authority exists only
in their fevered mindsets.
What we all demand is that somehow, in some way, they are obliged to relinquish that imaginary authority.