Somebody hasn’t heard of “Godwin’s Law”

Somebody has liked Enda Kenny to Hitler following his criticism of the Vatican. One of the corollaries to Godwin’s Law is that once you use a reductio ad Hitlerium, you should concede defeat because you have nothing better to say that attacking the person instead of the ideas.

One line that was quoted in this article is this:

“Is this the new Ireland? Is this the fulfilment of the dreams of the founding fathers? ‘No Pope here’. Is this the way forward for a new and better Ireland?”

In order of the questions asked there:
1. Yes. More people are leaving the church because of all the child abuse scandals, and comparing anyone to an absolutely despicable monster just for criticising a secretive society that looks after it’s own skin rather than it’s charges won’t help.
2. I don’t know, I’m not a lawyer. However, I have downloaded a PDF of our Constitution, and in 1973 the “special position” of the Catholic Church was removed and other denominations finally recognised (for the record, this was the Fifth Amendment, not to be confused with the Americans’). Also, Article 44.2.2° states

The State guarantees not to endow any religion.

3. YES! Sometimes the truth hurts. Especially when a church that almost ran the country in the 50s and still controls most of the schools has proven that it cares only about it’s own power.

One final note: some priests and bishops have come out in support of Kenny’s speech. That alone should tell you something.


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I'm a physics graduate, sci-fi writer, budding game designer, and amateur human.

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