Good news and bad news for Ireland

Two major stories came out of Ireland over the weekend. First the good news. Ireland’s government is having second thoughts about the blasphemy law they passed last year:

Dermot Ahern, the justice minister, is proposing that a vote to remove the criminal offence of blasphemy be held as part of a planned series of referendums this autumn, writes Stephen O’Brien.

Ahern, who was criticised for increasing the fine for blasphemy to €25,000 last year, said he never regarded the provision in the new Defamation Bill as anything more than a short-term solution.

“There was a lot of nonsense about that blasphemy issue and people making me out to be a complete right-winger at the time,” he said. “There was an incredibly sophisticated campaign [against me], mainly on the internet.

Not against you, Dermot. About your fascist policy.

I categorized the other news story as “bad news” but because it involves something bad that happened a long time ago being exposed, I guess it’s kind of also good news.

Yup, I’m talking about more child abuse covered up by a high-ranking official in the Catholic Church:

Cardinal Sean Brady, primate of all-Ireland, admitted he was present at meetings where two abused teenagers were made to sign vows of silence.

But in case you’re outraged that this got away with directly participating in the covering up of a crime as heinous as child rape, rest assured that Cardinal Brady assures us that this is not a big deal:

“Frankly I don’t believe that this is a resigning matter.”

See. What’s wrong with you people. The Church does this sort of thing all the time. It’s not a big deal. It’s not like they married people of the same sex. It was just raping children…sexy, sexy children.

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