Saturday, January 5, 2013

Ireland, abortion, & Wonderland


In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the March Hare boasts of his ability to believe in impossible things. I was reminded of that Mad Tea Party statement when I read an article in Today's Irish Times' Comment Section. The piece was titled 'Church's abortion broadside a challenge to democracy' which implies the Church is attempting to undermine the democratic process. Yet later he writes 'the Catholic Church is perfectly entitled to hold strong views on abortion and to express them in whatever way it deems fit' which suggests that the Church is merely exercising her democratic right to contribute to the debate on an issue. 

The two views are incompatible. It is not possible to believe both at the same time. Or maybe it is. There are times, listening to the abortion debate, that I start to wonder if Ireland has not become the living embodiment of the Mad Tea Party. 



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