When the subject of educational opportunities for young women comes up, RTE does not automatically invite the Taliban to Donnybrook in the interests of "balance". Nor is Mullah Omar invited to express his views on the latest trends in beachwear.
Yet religious extremists from Opus Dei or the Iona Institute have somehow intimidated state media into giving them airtime on any subject which incites their fundamentalist bile.
In my opinion, extremists should not have an automatic right to airtime on publicly funded media. We do not give publicly funded airtime to racists or to human traffickers to promote their views. So why should fundamentalists have an automatic entitlement to impose their vile anti-science and anti-human views on us whenever they wish, at our own expense?
It is time that civil society marginalised religious fundamentalism, and treated it as the freak-show that it is.