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    Why Do You Go to the Cinema? - October 11, 2013 by admin

    Has anyone ever seen a happy film about Ireland? I’m a big fan of reading and watching films to get yourself into a country when you move there. But sometimes I wonder what Irish film-makers are trying to do; are they working with the tourist board or against it? The Jameson Film Festival was on in Dublin last week. And the big Irish film was once again a heart-wrenching drama: Ondine while the others ‘ explored themes of masculinity, isolation, society and duty.’  That’ll put a smile on your face.

    It’s my biggest complaint since moving back here; how much people moan. They moan about money, about lack of money, about the cold and about the heat, about immigrants and emigrants, they turn losing a rugby game into the end of the world but accept wins as normal. They say they hate materialism but shopping is a hobby, men say women drink too much, women say men drink too much.

    And yes, I see the irony; I do bang on quite a bit myself! So as it’s a new month I’m going to try again with ignoring it all and keeping that smile going. Which means instead of Ondine and bleak West Cork,  I’ll be hiding from reality down the rabbit hole with Tim Burton this week.

    Why do you head to the cinema? Is it just mindless entertainment or does it really affect your mood?

    Blasphemy M’lud Irish-style - October 11, 2013 by admin

    Just when you might think that Ireland was reaching out to modernism and rejecting the control the Church has over the country as I posted here, we take a massive step backwards again.  The government has passed a Blasphemy Law which basically protects all religions from questioning.

    Key phrases include: “a person who publishes or utters blasphemous matter shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable upon conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding €100,000.”   That matter is defined as “that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion; and he or she intends, by the publication of the matter concerned, to cause such outrage.”

    This has been on the cards since April 2009 and I’m ashamed to say I really didn’t think it would pass. I bought into the New Ireland and thought this would never happen.  Well, as they say – evil can only flourish when good men do nothing. So in spite of campaigning from some areas of Irish society, this law is now part of our legal system.  It hasn’t gone unnoticed either. So now a country which was once a respected part of the UN peace-keeping force is being held up by Pakistan as an example of how to stifle free speech; as reported here on the Huffington Post.

    And as Angela posted on Think of Me Often it’s just not clear where the boundaries lie. The government has been challenged by Blasphemy Ireland; it will be interesting to see what happens or how solid the grounds legally are.

    Will we see religions using this as an excuse to stifle the growing anti-church feelings in countries like Ireland? How can our politicians argue against the imposition of Sharia law in other countries when religious rule is being cemented here?

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