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Irish Bishop investigated for ‘hate crime’ for upsetting humanist in homily
LifeSiteNews ^ | February 3, 2012 | Hilary White

Posted on 02/03/2012 7:00:12 PM PST by Engraved-on-His-hands

LETTERKENNY, Ireland – Arguing that the Catholic Church in Ireland is under attack from “aggressive secularism” constitutes a “hate crime,” according to a formal complaint made to Irish police.

John Colgan, called a “leading humanist” by the Irish Independent, told police this week that Bishop Philip Boyce of the Raphoe diocese in northwestern Ireland was guilty of “incitement to hatred” against secularists when the latter said in a sermon last August that the Church was being “attacked from the outside by the arrows of a secular and godless culture.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: culturewar
One more indication that free people should speak out while they still can.
1 posted on 02/03/2012 7:00:20 PM PST by Engraved-on-His-hands
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

from the country that almost nominated a pederast for President?


2 posted on 02/03/2012 7:02:27 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands
Hey!

All you have to do to win any argument is claim that anything that comes out of your opponent's mouth is a hate crime!

Game. Set. Match.

3 posted on 02/03/2012 7:04:38 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands
That this matter has become the subject of a legal action makes me ashamed of my Irish descent. The bishop is absolutely correct in his assessment. I hope more of our bishops will have the spine to speak out on the moral issues of the day. Between the secularists, who are wearing society down to a gutless assembly of self-gratifying Philistines, and the Islamists, who mean to convert us all by the sword, we are in dire straits.



Etiam non princeps sed usque ad genua, Principis Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

4 posted on 02/03/2012 7:11:34 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

What was this ‘humanist’ doing in the congregation in the first place ???

He was free to leave — nobody was holding a gun to his head and making him stay.

As Deborah would say to Raymond ... Idiots.


5 posted on 02/03/2012 7:13:11 PM PST by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: GeronL

GeronL: “...from the country that almost nominated a pederast for President?”

Huh?


6 posted on 02/03/2012 7:23:39 PM PST by CitizenUSA (Bad? Bad is easy. Anyone can be it. Being good? Now that's something special!)
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To: CitizenUSA

One of the candidates being considered by the major party last year, when the oppo party failed to produce a candidate was a guy who believes in legalizing sex with kids. Of course he wasn’t chosen.


7 posted on 02/03/2012 7:29:17 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: George from New England; GeronL
What was this ‘humanist’ doing in the congregation in the first place ???

I saw nothing in the article to suggest that John Colgan was in the attendance when the Bishop gave his sermon.

I think that it is more likely that the secular humanist is a warrior against God who intends to use the law against the Catholic Church in Ireland.

As it states in the article the text of the sermon is available on-line. I suspect that this man reads every sermon given by the Bishops of Ireland and sifts them for potentially controversial statements.

This man has chosen a few statements out of a sermon and fashioned weapon he hopes will bring down a well loved Bishop. If he can bring down a bishop he will have achieved hero status among the rabid atheist in the world.

8 posted on 02/03/2012 7:38:12 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

“We’re not oppressing you, and we’ll put you in jail if you say we are.”


9 posted on 02/03/2012 7:51:39 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

And here we have the REAL purpose of “hate speech” crimes. It is the control and /or elimination of free speech.


10 posted on 02/03/2012 9:44:18 PM PST by Dapper 26
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

So every church leader should give the exact same sermon and Christians should stand on the street corners saying the “offensive” words until this attack is stopped. Let the humanists arrest all the Christians in Ireland. They can only win if Christians premit them to pick off and isolate targeted individuals.


11 posted on 02/03/2012 9:49:07 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

If he is a secularist, what was he doing in the church? Obviously, he was there to stir up trouble, and not looking for salvation. Fail.


12 posted on 02/03/2012 10:18:15 PM PST by redhead (, , , comedian)
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To: dr_lew; Engraved-on-His-hands

My first thought exactly.

Muslim: “We’re not murderers! We’ll kill you if you say that!”

Secularist: “We’re not persecutors! We’ll arrest and imprison you if you say that!”


13 posted on 02/04/2012 4:37:07 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("Prayer is the most difficult virtue, because it is a battle to the last breath." - Abba Agathon)
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