The Pen is mightier than the sword, but the Pen must sometimes move the sword against corruption if the corrupt are not moved by the pen.. An idea without an implementer is useless. "The Rulers do not carry the sword in vain"Rom 13:4

Friday, February 20, 2015

Historic Injustice and 'now'..... (Ireland)

Ever wondered a little bit deeper than the headlines and the grotesque images of bombs and dead bodies? History is a wonderful starting point (not a bad end point too) in understanding the 'troubles' of Ireland and  these troubles are a very acute lesson about how people feel when their liberty, dignity and independence are dislocated and supressed by unjust human greed.

Civil rights campaign and loyalist backlash

A civil rights mural in Derry
In 1964, a peaceful civil rights campaign began in Northern Ireland. The civil rights movement sought to end discrimination against Catholics (including those of Catholic background) and Irish nationalists by the Protestant- and unionist-dominated government of Northern Ireland. It called for:
  • an end to job discrimination – it showed evidence that Catholics/nationalists were less likely to be given certain jobs, especially government jobs
  • public housing to be allocated on the basis of need rather than religion or political views – it showed evidence that unionist-controlled local councils allocated housing to Protestants ahead of Catholics/nationalists
  • one man, one vote – in NI, only householders could vote in local elections, while in the rest of the UK all adults could vote
  • an end to gerrymandering of electoral boundaries – this meant that nationalists had less voting power than unionists, even where nationalists were a majority
  • reform of the police force (Royal Ulster Constabulary or RUC) – it was almost 100% Protestant and accused of sectarianism and police brutality
  • repeal of the Special Powers Act – this allowed police to search without a warrant, arrest and imprison people without charge or trial, ban any assemblies or parades, and ban any publications; the Act was used almost exclusively against nationalists and republicans

ARE YOU SURPRISED that the IRA came into existence?  (I'm not Irish either, I'm Scot/English)

No matter how dainty, sophisticated, eloquent, articulate and well educated a man might be, such as members of the English Parliament in 1600, the only thing this shows is that 'greed' and sin become more sophisticated with the person. 

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