Did you happen to hear the debate this morning on Pat Kenny? They had a range of people on the show, some in favour of the Lisbon Treaty and some against, but I have never heard anyone on a talk show as batshit crazy as Niamh Uí Bhríain of Cóir / Youth Defence / Schutzjugend.
Although everyone else put their position in a fairly sane way, on both the No and the Yes sides, the entire show was conducted against a noisy backdrop of Niamh shouting people down like a demented forty-year-old toddler.
Pat the Plank lost his composure and barked at Niamh to shut up and let the others speak, but it made no difference. The harangue never for one second abated. I hope you listened to this show. I truly do. And if you missed it, I hope you listen to it now. It will open your eyes to the kind of insane religious extremism that lies dormant in our country, waiting to take power if our attention should ever wander.
This is the al-Qaeda of Christianity, beginning to flex its muscles.
Whatever I might think of Declan Ganley and Libertas, at least they’re not crazy. They’re just business people acting in America’s best interests, but this Cóir crowd are ugly and dangerous.
Whatever the outcome of the referendum, we need to watch this bunch of nutcases because they truly believe their way is the only way and that anyone who dares to disagree with them must be crushed.
We hear much about Islamofascists these days, but my friends, I’m telling you, their Catholic equivalent is just as loopy and just as much a threat to the stability of our democracy. Watch these people, and watch them carefully.
They don’t care what you think. They can’t imagine being wrong, and that’s the most dangerous thing in the world. There’s nothing more dangerous than an ideology incapable of imagining it can be mistaken.
Such a view gave us the Third Reich. It gave us the Khmer Rouge. It gave us GW Bush. It gave us Stalinism. It gave us Srebrenica. It gave us Rwanda.
Watch these people. They’re dangerous.