Letter to Editor Sunday Independent 24th. July 2016

Religion and affairs of state

This is an extract from todays Sunday Independent (24th. July 2016) as published from one of our GSRMA members (Cork Branch).  Well done on its publication.

Sir — The hypocrisy associated with much of the rhetoric coming from the anti-abortion lobby lately puts me in the untenable position of being unable to decide what to support or what to oppose anymore. The taking of human life, both inside and outside the womb has been around in a grand scale since time immemorial and it is men, not women who have been the perpetrators of most of these atrocities. The invasion of Iraq by George W Bush, for example has resulted in the death of upwards of 250,000 people — mostly civilians — in clearly what was an unjust war and I don’t recall there being any hullabaloo about that. Instead it has been decided to target and prey upon a handful of vulnerable women with problems of mind and body which only they themselves are capable of comprehending. A number of knowledgeable people, including Hippocrates and Descartes have been misquoted recently in support of the anti-abortion campaign with little or no concern for the bigger picture or the other side of this story. To give the issue a bit more balance, therefore permit me to quote from what the aforementioned George W Bush had to say prior to invading Iraq.

The former president said: “The Christian religion is the greatest the world has ever seen and we Americans must continue to live up to its principles, through good times and bad. God bless America.” Everybody is entitled to their religious beliefs but I cannot accept that imposing these beliefs upon other people by way of the constitution or legislation is the right way to go.  Experience tells me that religious people who want to share their beliefs with all and sundry almost never want to share the religious views of others with themselves.The obvious solution to this problem is to keep religion out of the affairs of state by whatever means and then the people of the world may be able to live in peaceful coexistence again. Pat Daly Midleton Co Cork.

By publication of extracts from various newspaper articles GSRMA must point out these may not be necessarily be  the views of our Association, but we are happy to facilitate publication of material from our GSRMA members on occasions

3 Responses to Letter to Editor Sunday Independent 24th. July 2016

  1. Tom July 25, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

    Publishing this article in Siochain is a bit one sided and will require balance. I hope you will publish articles from the other side

  2. timothy July 25, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

    Religion will always influence political thinking on sensitive issues which I think is reasonable. Its getting a consensus among the differing views/opinions that is always going to be the challenge.

  3. Eugene July 26, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

    I am a bit confused here, and maybe the writer is as well. He starts by mentioning the anti – abortion lobby, and then he quickly moves to George W Bush and the Iraqui invasion. I know that his common denominator is religion, but it must be fully understood that the pro- abortion lobby also try to turn around everything against the anti side. I believe that the eight amendment is being used by a lobby that are not really that worried about unfortunate ladies who may have serious problems. Their agenda is to push the eight , and then drive the wedge home very soon afterwards. I am all in favour of legislation to be put in place for the serious and unfortunate cases that occur each year, but we cannot have wholesale abortions. I also believe that religion should be kept separate from state affairs. Schools need to be governed differently, and I do believe that the Archbishop in Dublin is working hard in that regard.

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