Irish journalists get cash payouts over 'homophobic' defamation
Lolek Ltd t/a Iona Institute had a cash balance
of €186,000 at end of 2007 rising to €231,000 at end 2010, €278,000 in 2011 and
€325,000 at end 2012.
It's a significant balance for a tiny 'charity'
but no information is available on the sources of the annual revenue of over
Would some of the cash be sourced from the US?
Should we know?
This is relevant as in the US, not only would
lobby groups against gay rights not be able to sue over being termed
'homophobic' because of saner defamation laws, it would be a badge of honour to
some of them.
The Family Research Council, which gets a lot of
attention from Republican Party presidential aspirants, published a pamphlet on
gay marriage, citing a case where a Missouri man wanted to marry a horse.
Then there's Legatus, an organisation for wealthy
Catholic businessmen, which is suing the US government over Obama's Affordable
Care Act, as it's apparently an attack on Catholics.
This is a 2011
article on the Legatus site from the president of the National Catholic
Bioethics Center (
https://www.ncbcenter.org/ ), that in modern times uses archaic terminology,
which in the past was used to stigmatise gay people.
There are many reasons why people suffer from SSA
(same sex attraction) disorder. Some “discover” this tendency within them.
Others grow into it through pursuits of pleasure or experimentation. Some use it
to punish themselves or others. Whether the disorder has some deep, unknown
roots over which one has virtually no control, or whether it’s a developed
disorder resulting from bad choices, it leaves an individual disposed toward
activities and a lifestyle that are dangerous — physically, emotionally and
Fortunately there is hope for those who suffer from the disorder. The National
Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality reports that significant
numbers of homosexual persons have undergone treatment and had their sexual
drives properly ordered. These findings are a beacon of hope to those suffering
from SSA, as well as for their family and friends who desire their happiness and
In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association
declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder.
Since 1975, the American Psychological Association "has called on psychologists
to take the lead in removing the stigma of mental illness that has long been
associated with lesbian, gay and bisexual orientations."
Given the post-independence system of censorship and
British-inspired defamation laws that protected political, religious and
business leaders from scrutiny and accountability over past decades, it's an odd
modern society where journalists would consider legal action over this issue.
Let us applaud dissenters as societies have only progressed when the smug and
often intolerant status quo was challenged.
In 1863, the year of emancipation, the Irish rioted in New York against an
unfair Union Army draft lottery. Democratic Party officials had warned of an
influx of freed black slaves from the South and on July 13 an Irish mob attacked
a black orphanage in the city that housed more than 200 children. The mob burned
the building after looting it and then began attacking and
A century later, Martin Luther King could say that "the Negro...finds himself
an exile in his own land."
Wonder what it was like to be both black and gay in the US a half century
a cruel slave master, had penned the line in the 1776
Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be
self-evident, that all men are created equal..."
At his second inaugural, Barack Obama linked equality and fights for civil
rights for women, blacks and gays together, spanning 121 years.
We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths –
that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as
it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall..."
American writer James Baldwin (1924-1987) left racist White America for
France in the late 1940's and returned in 1957 as the civil rights movement was
gaining strength. He took an active part in it but he was a victim of another
prejudice that did not have colour boundaries.
Baldwin was both black and gay and he was rejected as a speaker at the renowned
civil rights march in Washington D.C. in 1963 when Martin Luther King delivered
his 'I have a dream' speech.