The Iona Blog

Just like religion, modernity has often been very violent

By David Quinn

The recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London prompts a writer in The Irish Times to ponder not the nature of Islam, as would seem natural given the stated motivations of the attackers, but to accuse modern Christianity of being an “exercise in cherry-picking”, one that leaves out the more difficult passages in the Bible....

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The constitutional right of a same-sex married couple to have children

By David Quinn

One of the arguments we used in the marriage referendum of two years ago was that a change to the constitutional definition of the family would take away the natural right of a child to a mother and a father. This was strongly denied by the Yes side, but an article by a law lecturer...

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David Quinn and Dr Peter Boylan discuss the future of medical ethics in Ireland

David Quinn and Dr Peter Boylan appeared on The Last Word on Monday 29th May to discuss the decision by the Sisters of Charity to quit their hospitals. David said that Ireland as a society had to decide whether in the future we would authorise doctors to kill their patients under certain circumstances (via abortion or...

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A strong Church of Ireland presence at the Forum on schools’ admissions policy

By Alan Whelan

A ‘Forum on the Role of Religion in Primary School Admissions’ was held in Croke Park on Monday. A notable feature was the strong presence of Church of Ireland representatives at the meeting, there to defend the rights of their community. The event was organised by Education Minister, Richard Bruton. It brought together parties that...

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Anti-conscientious objection article in Irish Times very misleading

An article in The Irish Times this week presents Italy as an example of how granting doctors the right not to perform abortions can harm women.  However, the writer bases her case on some very erroneous information, never mind the substance of her argument. Laura Fano Morrisey, an Italian pro-choice activist, begins her article with...

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Post-the-nuns, will a pro-life or pro-choice ethic govern the St Vincent’s hospitals?

The Sisters of Charity have just announced that they are quitting their three Dublin hospitals. They say from now on the hospitals will be governed by “national and international best practice guidelines on medical ethics and the laws of the Republic of Ireland.” (What does this imply about what is happening now?)  This begs a...

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Eradicating the gender pay gap would mean attacking women’s freedom

By David Quinn

The headline in the Journal.ie article read: “Women in full-time employment work for free for one month each year.” Taken on its own, this is incredibly misleading because the average person will think that women get paid 14pc less than men for working the same hours in the same job. Delve into the article by...

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‘Three Girls’ were also failed by today’s sexual mores

By David Quinn

The BBC last week aired a three-part TV drama called ‘Three Girls’. Based closely on real life events it focussed on three girls who were systematically abused by mostly middle-aged men who came mostly from the Pakistani community. The girls were failed in multiple ways. One way, insufficiently noted, was by today’s sexual mores which helped to...

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Atheist Ireland’s secular State would reduce freedom of religion to freedom of worship

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland, has presented the usual litany of discrimination allegedly suffered by atheists and religious minorities in Ireland in an article for The Irish Times this week.  He calls a more secular state.  But what kind of secular State? The kind he wants would have almost no place for religion in public...

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Warning: this video could disturb your conscience

By David Quinn

It could “disturb the conscience of women who, in accordance with the law, have made personal life choices”, the court in France ruled last November. What might “disturb” their consciences? The answer is an ad which tells mothers carrying a Down Syndrome baby in their wombs that life with a Down Syndrome child can be...

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