Too simple to say Ireland is more ‘compassionate’ today

Recent events don’t support the notion, writes David Quinn   The constant refrain is that Ireland is becoming a more ‘compassionate’ place. This notion needs to be robustly challenged. The best that can be said is that we have become more compassionate in some ways and worse in others. Last week, Co Louth was witness…

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Introducing intersectionality politics

Now there’s a way to quantify your victimhood, writes David Quinn   Have you ever calculated your intersectionality score? Do you even know what intersectionality is? The answer to both questions is almost certainly ‘no’, but actually, if you want to understand political correctness and its demands it pays to be familiar with the concept.…

The mixed legacy of the 60s Hippie Movement

Woodstock wasn’t all peace and light, writes David Quinn   It’s now 50 years since the high point of the 1960s counter-culture, namely the huge music festival that took place at Woodstock in New York state in mid-August 1969. It featured some of the biggest music acts of the day. Organisers originally estimated it would…

Yet another clash between Catholics and ‘cultural Catholics’

Too often a secular mindset is brought to bear upon the funeral which compromises the sacred character of the event writes David Quinn   Three years ago, the Vatican issued a document reiterating that Catholics should not scatter the cremated ashes of their loved ones or keep them in an urn at home. The Congregation…

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The life-giving ‘secret’ of the over 50s

The world might be all about social media, but a good social network is worth considering, writes David Quinn   Critics dismiss religion as pie in the sky at best, and an actively harmful, regressive force at worst. That is, they believe religion is a form of escapism, or else it unleashes fanaticism and violence…

A radical experiment in Christian living

The Bruderhof community is an oasis of sanity in our world, writes David Quinn   A small, little known religious community called the Bruderhof has been gaining a bit of attention lately because of an upcoming documentary about them that is to air on the BBC.  The community consists of about 3,000 members spread across…

Conquering the pale lamp of our dreams

The Moon landing ultimately glorified God, writes David Quinn   The first man in space was the Russian Yuri Gagarin in 1961. After he returned to Earth he was reportedly asked if he saw God while he was up there. He apparently replied, “I looked and looked and looked but I didn’t see God”, although…

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Diversity – a mixed blessing

There are prices to be paid for greater social variety, writes David Quinn   ‘Diversity’ is the new religion of Ireland. It is one of those words that is never challenged, is constantly promoted and is simply assumed to be a good in itself. Celebrate it, we’re told. ‘Diversity’ is ‘inclusive’. ‘Diversity’ is ‘compassionate’. These…

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