Over the last few months I've witnessed this website rip apart other countries economic and social policies, particularly the US (given the year we're in) and their 'backwardness'. The mere fact that the Irish can refer to them as "extremists", "nutjobs" and "backward thinking" is laughable and hypocritical. To those Irish people that see themselves as "progressive", "liberal" and "enlightened" I ask you to look closer to home. Look at your own government and your own society, both past and present, that take or have taken such a staunch socially conservative attitude to almost everything.
Consider that fathers have no rights over their children even though a third of kids are born outside marriage. Consider that a couple must live apart for five years before being eligible for a divorce (divorce was only introduced in 1996 for heavens sake) leaving Ireland as one of the most restrictive countries for divorce laws in the western world. Consider the draconian attitude the Irish take with regards to abortion - yet the Irish howl from the rooftops about the nasty "Right" in America when they say abortion should be available to women when their health is threatened, rape and incest victims. If forbidding a 14-year old rape victim from traveling to Britain for termination is not disgusting enough to make your stomach turn, a woman died in hospital last week after being told "this is a Catholic country". Consider the fact that the Irish have stood by while a government implemented blasphemy laws in 2009 which made us an international joke. Or what about the fact that when the western world were discovering sexual freedom and expression, Irish women looking for contraception were laughed at and ordered to remain in abusive marriages. Consider the fact that the Irish government were frothing at the mouth over a Virgin store selling condoms. Consider that the LGBT community have no marriage rights and that civil partnership was only introduced two years ago. Homosexual couples can't adopt, hell even heterosexuals couples can't adopt. Consider that every child is demanded to learn the Irish language even though a grasp of a foreign dialect is what is needed in todays world of business and would serve them far greater in their lives. If linguistic indoctrination was not enough, we spend more time learning religion in schools than any other OECD country while disregarding science and placing it as a bottom on the priority list. Consider lastly that historically, even though the Irish have riled up in opposition of being deported from foreign lands yet at the same time endorse moves to implement stronger immigration laws at home.
Such a hypocritical bunch? What about tolerating the Catholic churches dominance by enshrining it in the Constitution? Let's just accept the fact that the Irish need to look a bit closer to home before rubbishing other countries and their views. Successive Irish governments make even the "backwards" governments of other countries look like weed smoking hippies. It's not the other countries who are backwards, it seems that the Irish are the backward ones if of course, you are to believe the Irish.