Kirke, Michael
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‘Every day was a nightmare’: two horror stories about Facebook wrapped in one

Members of the Irish parliament have been listening to a very disturbing story. Facebook is a big player in the Irish tech economy but the underbelly of this giant is now being exposed. Within its entrails it is harbouring a monster.

Date posted: 2021-05-20

Can societies abandon religion and continue to prosper?

The interplay of trauma, existential insecurity, and general woe, and the story of mankind's belief in another life, in God or in gods, seems to persist throughout the ages. Ultimate happiness may still depend on certain 'mysterious forces'.

Date posted: 2020-09-16

Marry and submit to him. What?

An Italian journalist gives advice that has feminists fuming. Is she mad?

Date posted: 2014-04-05

Mother of Parliaments divorces an institution it has been wedded to for almost one thousand years

Unlike America, the conservative party pushed through conservative PM David Cameron's legislation. In the new legal definition of marriage it is no longer a bond formed by a man and a woman but can be formed by two men or two women.

Date posted: 2013-03-16

Last ditch attempt to protect freedom of speech and conscience?

Mr Leigh's action was prompted to act after the case of Adrian Smith, a 55-year-old housing manager from Manchester who posted his opposition to same-sex marriage on Facebook and was punished by his employer.

Date posted: 2013-02-18

Shoot first, aim later

Ireland's Press Council was praised by the Leveson Inquiry. But it hasn't put a stop to the group think in the Irish media.

Date posted: 2012-12-19

Ireland's abortion furore

A mother's death becomes instant propaganda for dismantling protection of unborn children.

Date posted: 2012-11-23

Bad news day for witch-hunters as Regnerus is vindicated

The University of Texas - Austin has done a thoroughly good piece of work in vindicating Professor Mark Regnerus in the face of allegations of what amounted to professional misconduct. Perhaps its officials feel it is a pity that they cannot make counter-charges of time-wasting against those who trumped up the charges against him.

Date posted: 2012-09-07

Irish Government Minister's pledge to gays - but will people follow?

Even the most hardened cynic must have found his stomach turning as he listened to the Irish Foreign Minister proclaim his support for true love and marital commitment in Dublin.

Date posted: 2012-07-11

Liberal British paper criticizes Government's marriage redefinition plan

"Mr Cameron is pushing gay marriage and picking a fight with the church for political reasons. It is indeed unnecessary", the paper's editorial declared in last week's edition and quoted a former British Labour minister, the openly homosexual Ben Bradshaw, as saying that the proposal is totally unnecessary.

Date posted: 2012-05-10

More successful European resistance to same-sex marriage campaign

The people of Slovenia has shown the government and the whole of Europe that claims for privileges for a minority cannot be accommodated at the expense of the most fundamental right of every child: the right to have a father and a mother.

Date posted: 2012-04-10

European states not required to grant marriage rights to gays

The Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has issued a judgement saying that the European Convention on Human Rights "does not require member states' governments to grant same-sex couples access to marriage." This is not a question of discrimination or human rights, the court has ruled. It reached a decision in the case of a lesbian couple in France.

Date posted: 2012-04-10

Hitchens gunning for Cameron on the marriage issue

Sometime after David Cameron's election as leader of the Conservative Party in Britain he began to make positive noises about the importance of the family - and of marriage as the institution which gave it stability in society. When the Tories won enough votes in the last general election to enable them to form a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats some thought things might improve.

Date posted: 2012-04-02

Deep inconsistencies of Britain's proposed new marriage laws

"What I'm saying, and what the bishops are saying, is that marriage is child-centred, even though children may be involuntarily absent from good marriages. We cut that anchor at our peril. For the optimal environment for raising children you need a stable environment with parents of either gender. And even in a reluctantly childless marriage, the complementarity of the sexes, the very fact of sexual difference, gives the institution its nature, its charge. To say as much isn't to advance a religious argument. It's to work from nature, from history, from human experience. The very definition of a marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Let's leave it like that."

Date posted: 2012-04-01

Marriage, a mere rite of passage?

Clearly, what we are confronted with here is more of the same - phony principles, redefinition of that basic building brick of community, the family, and therefore a very wobbly definition of society itself.

Date posted: 2012-03-03