Rónán Mullen was on RTÉ radio yesterday, expressing his views on same-sex marriage. Or to be more precise that’s why he was invited, but for some reason best known to himself, he filled at least 40% of his slot (I hope nobody finds that wording offensive) with a rant about the biased nature of RTÉ coverage, as he perceived it. That in itself struck me as a bit odd, considering the fact that three out of the five panellists were against same-sex marriage, but that’s Rónán for you. Never waste the opportunity to moan about media bias when your argument is full of holes.
I didn’t pay too much attention to Rónán because I was driving, and I find his slithery lack of logic a danger to my personal safety when trying to control a motorised vehicle, but yesterday he got my attention for all the wrong reasons. the principal one of which was the utter stupidity of the point he was attempting to make.
Perhaps it was because he knows in his heart that there’s nothing wrong with two people making a lifelong commitment to each other, or perhaps it was because he knows full well that the anti-SSM position is nonsense, I don’t know which it is, but Rónán obviously had a rush of blood to the head when it dawned on him that he’d used such a significant chunk of his slot bitching about the media. Either way, when his chance came round again, he lapsed into Iona-speak and began to talk about how desirable it is that children would live with their biological parents, as if that was something any of us opposes, or as if it had anything whatever to do with same-sex marriage.
What Rónán, bless him, didn’t seem to realise was that his entire rant was against adoption rather than same-sex marriage. It’s true that adopted children, and those of separated people don’t live with their biological parents, but what he failed to explain was how same-sex marriage was going to prevent biological parents from living together if they chose to do so.
He still hasn’t explained how that mechanism works, any more than the ludicrous Iona Institute has. If the queers are going out there stopping people from raising their own kids, I think Rónán owes it to the Irish people to explain how they’re doing it. I asked him on Twitter but he didn’t reply.
Why would an educated man like Rónán not share this vital information with us? He’s a senator, after all, elected (well, not really – he’s an NUI nominee) to the Upper House of our national parliament.
He’s one of our leaders. All right. Not that really, either, but still. He’s, well he’s something, I think.
Still, though, despite his rather tenuous claim to be a public representative, wouldn’t you think Rónán would at least answer a simple question?
How does same-sex marriage prevent parents from raising their children?
It’s not a complicated question. I imagine a man of Rónán’s considerable intellect should have no difficulty answering it, since he brought it up in the first place.