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Posted by Daz on July 28, 2004 at 04:47:01:
In Reply to: Re: You can always move to England and start paying council tax and higher rents posted by Henry on July 26, 2004 at 17:16:00:
the rc church does not control education in ireland.
i opted out from religion aged about 12. i wasn't ever forced or pressured to attend any rc classes or attend any ceremonies, at school or otherwise. the vast majority of the people in this country are roman catholic however, and this is reflected in customs and , yes, in our educational system.
ireland is becoming a more multicultural society, but i don't think that means everything that has been established as norm and custom should change for the benefit of people with differing traditions who are now a part of our society.
would you expect a muslim country to change it's customs because of a growing catholic contingent? i doubt it. i should think it would suffice that each of us is free to worship or otherwise as we see fit, but i do think it proper that the beliefs of the majority are reflected, particularly when these are long standing traditions.
the angelus sounding twice a day hardly constitutes control of the airwaves, now does it?
and i don't think the rc church has any standing or privileged position in irish society today, certainly not with anyone of my age group, so i disagree with that point too.
oh, and i still don't think anyone insulted you. just for the record.