Enda Kenny has retracted his accusation that Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins was a “supporter” of Bin Laden. It all started with a bit of back-and-forth about shoot-to-kill policies during a heated Dáil debate. Then:
As the exchanges continued, Mr Kenny said: “I wasn’t aware that Deputy Higgins was a supporter of Osama bin Laden’s.”
-The Irish Times, 4 May 2011
Subsequently, upon the urging of Micheál Martin and others, the Taoiseach withdrew this characterisation and added:
“I know you are a good Christian man who has your job to do in here from a political point of view.”
Mr Higgins, the “good Christian man” and a former Catholic seminary school student, is an opponent of state supported denominational education and has been quoted as saying:
What choice did you have in Ireland, especially in my time, when you had the Catholic faith inculcated in you from when you were baptised? Then you get to think critically for yourself.
These days of course, he is a well-known atheist, since as Daniel Dennett points out, you simply can’t go through seminary without becoming one.
But what of Enda’s knee-jerk reaction towards Christianity as the mark of a “good man”? Is he just as in thrall to the nuns as Bertie was? God save us!