Ireland After the Abortion Vote: the California of Europe?
When I interviewed Ireland’s Minister David Stanton, I knew I’d be entering rough waters if I started asking him questions on issues like Islamic immigration, abortion, and transgender children. Ireland, after all, has seen tremendous social and political change in the last fifteen years. It certainly is not the country it was when I was a boy -- when I’d hear Irish aunts and uncles on my mother’s side refer to the homeland while lambasting a relative for leaving the Catholic Church, marrying a non-Catholic (a major heresy in those days), or having the gall to divorce and remarry.
Today’s Ireland is a different country than it was in the 1960s. So different that if James Joyce were alive today and set about writing A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, he would have to exclude the scene where the young Stephen Dedalus refuses his dying mother’s request to kneel by her bedside and say a prayer. In Joyce’s novel, young Dedalus has rejected the Church and everything the Church stands for, including praying at the deathbed of your mother. It’s more than conceivable that a 2018 version of Joyce’s book would include Dedalus’ mother asking not for prayers, but rather a solemn promise from her son to join the campaign for legalized abortion on the Emerald Isle.
The Irish, I think, have a doctrinaire streak that was most evident in the pre-Vatican II Catholic Church, where they were known throughout the world as the strictest Catholics in existence, unlike those laissez faire Mediterranean Catholics (in Italy) who would attend High Mass on Sunday and then happily visit their mistresses on Monday. But you would be wrong if you thought that the old doctrinaire streak among Catholics in Ireland has dissipated. It has not.
In fact, it is alive and well in its newest incarnation. The allegiance to the Church has been transferred to a devotion to Leftist ideology; the Church of the Globalist Mother, or the Infallible State.
My chat with Minister Stanton reminded me of this “new” Ireland, which fits as the “California” of Western Europe.
Minister Stanton used to be a woodwork and technical drawing instructor before he entered politics (the Assembly of Ireland) in 1997. Married with four sons, he was appointed Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration in May 2016. If that isn’t a title with a major globalist kick, I don’t know what is. The Minister’s job title, in fact, foreshadows with certainty where he will stand on any given issue.
Consider a 2017 article in The Irish Independent in which the Minister told reporter Shane Phelan: “Young Muslims must be made to feel part of our society.” The Minister then added: