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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Did you ever get the urge to defend an Archangel?

It's a question I never thought I'd ask, but after reading The Irish Bulletin, a new Irish blog I came across via irishblogs.ie, I suddenly have the urge to grab Saint Michael the Archangel, wrap him up in some bubble wrap and whist him away to some undisclosed location.

Their political policies encompass the Christian, the conspiracist and the cracked.
I even feel uncomfortable calling it Christian.
The Irish Family seems to serve as the newspaper of the disenchanted, nationalist Catholic who holds a hodge podge of barely formed anti-war, pro-life/pro-family, anti-EU views, with a nostalgic view for the way it was before Vatican II.
I guess this blog is attempting to serve the internet in the same barely coherent way.

It continually amazes me how this particular species of Irish Catholic holds all these things together with such anger. I have met too may of them in real life to understand - for the more you know about them, the more confused you become.
From the EU to the illegal state of Israel to the great bogey man of Freemasonry, their politics run the spectrum from shaggy haired socialist to conspiracy theorist back to your local parish priest. No one is safe from their deluded world view.

Saint Michael the Archangel is asked to bless the site as the "armour of Truth in a world full of lies". The only way the Archangel could do that is to smite the site.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Fence said...

Isn't religion supposed to be confusing though? After all, if you understood it then you wouldn't need faith.

May 27, 2006 10:23 a.m.  
Blogger Auds said...

I suppose Fence but my point about this site is simply that Catholic/Christian faith does not hold together all those disparate political views into a coherent worldview.
Quite a number of Irish people would share that outlook and their justification for it is confusing.

May 27, 2006 2:00 p.m.  
Blogger Cian said...

Good point Auds indeed christianity sustains both sides of the divide from the pitstop ploughshares anti-war to the republican right in the states.

That lad has some pretty nasty people in his links though, nationalists movements eh? I think that we ought all be worried about the emergence of a hard right in this place and its potential to align with hard-religion as in the past.

Not that religion seeks it but it certianly contains elements open to it.

C

May 28, 2006 1:00 a.m.  
Blogger ploughman said...

I suppose some people think the notion of the devil, hell and eating somebodies flesh and drinking his blood a bit of a stumbling block , and yet I believe in all of them as did 99% of all Irish people not that long ago.It seems that simply standing still can make you a Nazi over night as popular culture staggers ever faster and ever closer to the abyss.
God Bless

June 19, 2006 3:49 p.m.  

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