John Waters and David Quinn both make the same point in their columns today, to wit, that Amnesty International, which once stuck very clearly to saying that prisoners of conscience of both right and left wing regimes ought to be freed, has now become a mouthpiece of the politically correct left.
Their jumping off point was a speech given by Amnesty Ireland head Colm O'Gorman in Belfast on Tuesday, in which he described anyone who opposed same-sex marriage or adoption as a bigot (those weren't his exact words, but that was his plain meaning).
For me, Amnesty stepped over the line from being a genuinely non-partisan pro-human rights group into a left-wing talking shop years ago, when they put up posters regarding immigration policy highlighting John O'Donoghue, Mary Harney and Bertie Ahern. The tagline read something like "Some say they don't do enough about racism. Some say they are racists."
I'm not a member of Fianna Fáil and wasn't a member of the PDs. In fact, I find Mary Harney to be objectionable on a lot of issues. But I found (and still find) that sort of labeling of politicians to be disgusting.
Mr O'Gorman's description of opponents of same-sex marriage are of the same ilk. They are designed to shut down discussion about the issue through labeling people as bigots. It's a sad way for an organisation which is supposed to be about the protection of human rights to end up; attempting to silence free speech.