Ireland’s prime minister defies the Catholic Church.

Ireland’s prime minister, Enda Kenny, is set to pass legislation in favor of abortion.  In response, the Catholic Church threatened him with excommunication.  This was his response:

“Everybody’s entitled to their opinion here but as explained to the Cardinal and members of the church my book is the constitution and the constitution is determined by the people. That’s the people’s book. We live in a Republic and I have a duty and responsibility as head of Government to legislate in respect of what the people’s wishes are,” Mr Kenny said.

Let me translate: “I will not be bullied into acting against the well-being of humanity.  You will argue the issues fairly, because I will not cave to threats.”

If only every person responded to the threats of religion that way.  Hell, I’d be happy to see some of our politicians do it.

Added Kenny:

It is time to bring clarity and certainty to it. It is time to recognise that we’ve gone on now for 30 years without any regulation without any professionalism involved in this area and that’s what this is all about.”

His level: all other politicians need to get on it.  We need to orchestrate a trade.  Maybe we can send them Obama and Biden and a future first round draft pick in exchange for Kenny…

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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