Where Thou art not, man hath nought
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew,
On our dryness pour Thy dew,
Wash the stains of guilt away.
Bend the stubborn heart and will,
Melt the frozen, warm the chill,
Guide the steps that go astray
See here for a Pentecost sermon about Ireland as it approaches a dreaded referendum.
I’ve updated this post a number of times since I first posted it yesterday morning. I’m afraid I wrote it originally as a knee-jerk response to some bad news, and I didn’t take enough time to check my facts before publishing. I have perhaps given the impression to some of my readers that Google and Facebook have unfairly targeted pro-life campaigners. In this particular case they have blocked ads from both sides. I’m sorry if my original post was misleading. I will try my best not to make a similar mistake in future. The fact remains, however, that this censorship affects the pro-life side disproportionately because the mainstream media (and all the political parties bar one tiny one) in Ireland are firmly pro-abortion, and the Internet is one of the few publicity tools left to the pro-life campaigners.
In the run up to the referendum here in Ireland, Google and Facebook have decided to block related ads. Pro-life campaigners have been forced to switch to other mail services and outlets (like FrontPage.org) to spread their message. It is now up to small independent writers, like me, to help promote the pro-life content.
The Yes side of this referendum is big on euphemism: ‘reproductive rights’; the ‘right to choose’ (choose what?); and the most nauseating of all – ‘abortion care’.
At the heart of the exercise is an immense evasion: the baby. It is as if the baby is a kind of cancer, to be eliminated, chopped off, expunged.
Another word for ‘euphemism’ is ‘lie’. This is a referendum of lies. Not, as we are sometimes told, lies on both sides but lies on only one side: the side that seeks the slaughter of innocents but will not come right out and say so. We are enjoined to be polite, to keep the debate ‘respectful’, to avoid ‘shock tactics’, but these injunctions invariably come from the people who are engaged in the telling of these colossal lies. ‘Shock tactics’ means the truth. Keeping the debate ‘respectful’ means avoiding mention of the truth.
If you want to read the rest of the article, click here.
I sometimes use a search engine called Yandex.com because it’s, well, it’s not Google. I have also switched my main mail account from Gmail to Yandex mail. The mail works great but the search engine is not as clever (IMO) as Google… yet.
I don’t think this blog is in any danger because my audience is too small but if I do disappear in the near future you’ll know why. By the way, talking of disappearing, I’ve been having problems with my WordPress app for the last few months. I read and “like” my readers’ blog posts but when I go back next time my Likes have disappeared. So if you feel like I’m ignoring you that might be why. The Likes stick if I do them on the previews in the Reader but that means I can’t see the full posts. So, anyway, there’s a fix, it just means I have to remember to go back to the preview after I’ve read your posts. I don’t always remember, so sorry about that.
I was in Dublin again yesterday for the pro-life rally. Tens of thousands of supporters turned up, and a handful of pro-choice protesters. This is the most representative video I could find but it only covers a small section:
Apologies for the small bit of profanity you might see on a sign. The green and red flags represent the people from my county: Mayo. Four coaches of us set off in the early hours of the morning and I didn’t get back until just before midnight. It was worth it.
There’s going to be a referendum in Ireland soon. The pro-choice lobby wants Ireland to repeal the 8th Amendment to its Constitution, thereby removing the right to life of the unborn child. I’m hoping to attend a pro-life rally in Dublin on Saturday. One of the speakers will be Karen Gaffney. If this amazing woman had been born in Britain in the current pro-choice climate she would have only had a 10% chance of escaping death by abortion. If her mother was Icelandic she wouldn’t have been born at all. She has Down Syndrome. If you want to find out more try here or here.
Yes, I know my placard is wonky. 😦 That’s because sticky-back plastic is my nemesis. I borrowed the board and most of the graphics from the Guadalupe Centre in Knock which provides pro-life resources through Human Life International.
Update: If you’d like to sign a petition calling for the referendum to be scrapped, click here.