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IRA inflicted more misery on children than Church

Posted in northern ireland with tags , , , on May 18, 2012 by britishloyalist

Martin McGuinness has a history of making us suffer for his religion. During last year’s presidential-election campaign, the former IRA chief went ballistic after a Prime Time debate in which RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan asked him a perfectly reasonable question about his oft-proclaimed devotion to Catholic teaching. “How do you square with your God the fact that you were involved in the murder of so many people?” wondered O’Callaghan.

Given his vast experience in deciding what constitutes a legitimate target, McGuinness evidently felt on home ground when he angrily declared any questioning of his faith to be “disgraceful”. In one of the campaign’s most chilling incidents, the Sinn Féin candidate demanded a private word with O’Callaghan after the programme, thereby offering the broadcaster a moment of cloistered quiet in which he could examine her conscience.

When it comes to religion, it seems, McGuinness holds certain truths to be self-evident. He may have blood on his hands but there can be no arguing with the sincerity of his belief that he has God on his side.

The righteous indignation with which McGuinness greets even the mildest challenge to his avowed standing as a good Catholic was on display again last week. Endlessly preoccupied with the tortuous theology of their tribal quarrel, politicians in the North have been much slower to confront the implications of the clerical child-abuse revelations than their southern counterparts.

Now that the party has belatedly awoken to the public anger aroused by this issue, however, Sinn Féin seems acutely determined to align itself with the victims.

Speaking in the Northern Assembly, Deputy First Minister McGuinness invited admiration for his refusal to be “silenced” about the shameful conduct of the Catholic church, and the Vatican in particular. He reserved special scorn for what he described as an “attempt to deflect attention from the failings of the Catholic hierarchy”.

The diversionary stunt to which he was referring was a Facebook posting by Bishop Donal McKeown, auxiliary bishop of Down and Connor.

At the height of the mounting calls for the resignation of Cardinal Sean Brady, Bishop McKeown had pointedly suggested that some of those throwing stones at the Catholic Church were taking aim from inside a glasshouse.

“People in paramilitary organisations did terrible things to some children and some hid crimes against children when they occurred among their supporters,” he wrote.

McGuinness may well be right; Bishop McKeon was probably trying to muddy the waters. Leaving aside his motivation for making the point at this juncture, however, there is no denying that the bishop was speaking nothing less than the gospel truth.

It should go without saying but it clearly doesn’t: the IRA inflicted infinitely more misery and abuse on Irish children than the Catholic Church. Condemnation of the hopelessly inadequate manner in which Brady, then a 36-year-old priest, handled a 1975 child-abuse inquiry is entirely justified from just about any quarter. But, when representatives of Sinn Féin join the chorus of disapproval, it is reasonable to ask what the head honchos of the Republican movement were up to at that particular time.

McGuinness’ inability to acknowledge the beam in his own eye speaks volumes. By loudly advertising his refusal to be silent — even for a minute’s reflection — he exhibits the kind of pious arrogance that was once the preserve of the most autocratic Catholic bishops.

In McGuinness and Gerry Adams, Sinn Féin boasts the most ostentatiously religious leadership of any mainstream political party on this island (unionist parties included). Yet the ease with which these self-styled Holy Joes resort to bluster and doublespeak when speaking about what they claim are their most fundamental beliefs is breathtaking.

By default rather than merit, Sinn Féin seems set to become the Republic’s most powerful party of protest. Anyone who wishes to savour a taste of what life would be like under a Shinner-led regime should contemplate the myriad hypocrisies of the party’s stance on the clerical child-abuse scandal.

Some day soon, we may find ourselves yearning for the good old days when “Christian soldiers” was just a figure of speech.

fuck the ira and fuck Martin McGuinness

Three shot in Belfast rioting

Posted in northern ireland with tags , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2012 by britishloyalist

Three people were shot as a new wave of sectarian rioting erupted in east Belfast.
Last night, houses were set on fire by petrol bombs and families moved out of a loyalist district after they came under attack from nationalists across a peaceline in the Short Strand.
Police said a 39-year-old man and two 15-year-old youths were shot and injured as gunfire was directed at Cluan Place in the Protestant Albertbridge Road area.
Progressive Unionist Party leader David Ervine, who was at the scene when the violence flared, said the man was taken to hospital after being hit in the back and lower leg.
The East Belfast MLA said he had been told the man’s condition was “ill but comfortable”.
Mr Ervine added that the two youths had suffered bullet wounds to their lower legs.
As blast bombs continued to rain down, Mr Ervine said: “These people have gone through a weekend of terror.”
Residents forced to flee their homes, including several pensioners, were taken to other houses and church halls.
Police said trouble erupted when stones and missiles were thrown into Cluan Place from the Short Strand, a Catholic enclave in Protestant east Belfast.
Later petrol bombs were lobbed at loyalist homes. Two houses were set alight, with fire crews being called to extinguish the blaze.
The disorder followed several nights of fighting between rival mobs in east Belfast which resulted in 10 police officers being injured.
Mr Ervine said the area was extremely volatile and called for more police to be drafted into the Short Strand.
“There are no police resources being put into the nationalist side; if they were they couldn’t do what they are doing,” he claimed.
Earlier, rival mobs clashed during sectarian fighting in the Whitewell Road area of north Belfast.
Police and soldiers came under attack from rival loyalist and nationalist factions.
Up to 100 people who gathered on each side in the Arthur Bridge area hurled stones, bottles, paint and petrol bombs at security forces trying to separate them.
The disorder continued in the nearby Gunnell Hill and Serpentine Road areas, with gangs fighting running battles.
Two people arrested and charged with riotous behaviour were due in court this morning. No injuries to security forces were reported.
Joe O’Donnell, a Belfast Sinn Fein councillor for the Short Strand area, insisted that loyalists had put Catholic homes under siege from gun and blast bomb attack.
“I understand there have been shots fired from here tonight, but there was gunfire into here first,” he said last night.
“We stood and watched 40 or 50 semi-uniformed loyalist paramilitaries march down and line up on the Albertbridge Road.
“I’m now standing with 150 people who have been evicted from their homes.”
Mr O’Donnell said houses in the Short Strand had been decimated.
“This area is completely surrounded by a wall and 70,000 unionists and yet we are the ones targeting them.
“I’m standing here and it looks like Beirut.”