The referendum that the whole country is talking about at the moment – the marriage equality one, not that ridiculous president/age one – is really annoying me. I genuinely feel uncomfortable that I’m being asked to vote on something that has absolutely nothing to do with me. Seriously, what business is it of mine, a politician or some pensioner living on a farm in Mayo, if two people want to marry or not? With such a monumental, and continual lack of common sense, this country really is an embarrassment at times.
Here’s a bunch of examples, starting with the Blasphemy Law. In Ireland right now, you can be thrown in jail for blaspheming – that’s saying or writing something rude about any one of the many religions that are ‘celebrated’ in this country.
After a show I took part in recently, part of which mentioned religion, a woman came up to me and said “I really enjoyed the show, but I have to admit to being a little offended about the religion part.” I looked at her and said, ‘okay, thanks for that – all the best.’ I think she was expecting an apology. You were offended…so what? You didn’t come out in a rash or have to take a course of anti-biotics. I have one opinion, and it’s different to yours, that’s life surely?
So often we are not allowed to do and say certain things in case we offend someone. ‘You can’t say that, people will be offended.’ As a great comedian called Steve Hughes once said, “when did ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me’ stop being relevant?” Yes, sometimes people can say things that are a little racy and close to the bone, but if they’re on the television we can just turn them off and choose to dismiss everything that they just said – that’s the power that we have.
Walking around the supermarket on Good Friday I shook my head, in what I can only describe as contempt, when I saw the barricades surrounding the alcohol. Tourists in Dublin shook their heads in disbelief when they say that pubs in Ireland were closed all day…on a Friday. The consecutive governments that ‘run’ this country are incapable of any kind of meaningful leadership. They are afraid to be the first to do something – “Oh I don’t want to be the first person to change a law that Eamon De Valera probably signed…let’s leave that to the next crowd that are in.”
This lack of common sense from the government stems from an old fashioned, parochial way of thinking – the church’s style of thinking. It’s consistent with the church’s style of thinking in its inconsistency. What I mean by that is, there was a time when no Irish God fearing Catholic could eat meat on a Friday. Then they relaxed that to Fridays during Lent and then it was just Good Friday and Ash Wednesday. They are clearly making it up as they go along, like their government buddies.
This old fashioned way of thinking is alive and well all over our little country. The people who will vote no in the equality referendum are trying to think up reasons to validate their thought process. The reality is, in their head they’re voting ‘no’ to the very idea of gay people. They’ll never admit that of course, but when you’re voting no to something that doesn’t affect you in any shape or form, then there’s clearly something else at play. That something else is homophobia ladies and gentleman – pure and simple.
The people that say that a child needs a father and a mother, even though that’s not the issue we are being asked to vote on, are clearly up their own arses. Firstly, this notion of a child needing a father and mother is only spoken about because that’s what the majority of people are used to. Just because something has always been done a certain way, doesn’t mean that it’s the only way. That mantra that’s being thrown around is particularly disgusting because it undermines the amazing work that is done by single mothers and fathers everywhere. A child needs a mother AND a father – yeah because the mother would like a night out for herself every now and then, but that’s about it. That statement should read “In an ideal world, a child will have two parents so they can share the responsibility”. Single parents in this country deserve medals and parades, instead they are continually victimised, and pick pocketed by the government.
It’s so strange to me that we currently live in a world where there are WIFI toasters…but certain human beings are still considered unequal to others. Denying gay people the same rights as everyone else is in the same ball park as slavery, although most people will be too afraid to acknowledge that.