Coláste Eoin is perhaps the most inclusive school in Ireland. Not only does it welcome gay people, black people, travellers, disabled people and Eurovision songwriters, but it also makes room for those who hate them.
How tolerant could a school possibly be?
Coláiste Eoin is the school in Dublin that cancelled a workshop by Shout Out, a workshop designed to educate young people about homophobic bullying. Apparently, after complaints from “a number” of parents, they decided to – in their words – postpone the workshop to allow room for the other side of the argument.
Think about the idiocy of that statement. The other side of homophobic bullying, as if another side of homophobic bullying existed.
Finín Máirtín, principal of the school, deepens the hole every time he utters a public statement. Apparently this “number” of parents, widely reported as two individuals, objected because the workshop was being delivered by an LGBT organisation.
And that, right there in front of you, is homophobia. There’s no other word for it.
We’re told that these two homophobic parents are prominent members of the extreme Catholic movements who campaign on various issues in this country, so there you have it. Two fanatics have prevented an entire school from receiving useful instruction on the reasons why bullying is wrong. That happened in a State-funded school.
Apparently the fanatics, in defiance of reality, didn’t want their sons singled out due to not attending the workshop, ignoring the fact that it wasn’t the school that kept their lads from learning about bigotry. It was them.
How long will we tolerate fanatics imposing their will on State-funded institutions?
To be consistent, shouldn’t Coláiste Eoin postpone all anti-racism workshops? Let’s hear from the Ku Klux Klan before we leap to judgement about this racism debate.
It would be interesting to hear what the other parents of Coláiste Eoin think about these two fanatics preventing their children from receiving vital information on living in harmony with their fellow human beings.