The once-predominately Christian nation of Ireland has now become stridently intolerant of Christian views, according to a nationally known columnist who supports traditional marriage.
The Emerald Isle’s free speech has come under increasing attack by the militant lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community — to the point where gay marriage opponent John Waters may be forced to leave, according to Breitbart News London.
Obscene verbal attacks against Waters began soon after he threatened to sue state-owned broadcaster RTE after a drag queen named “Panti Bliss” called him and other conservative commentators “homophobic.”
Although the network settled the matter out of court, it refused to say its statements made were “without foundation.” Apparently, the point is that those who object to gay marriage must be against gays.
“According to a lawyer acting for Waters, staff at RTE spent two days in a fruitless internet trawl trying ‘to belatedly substantiate’ the claims of homophobia,” Breitbart reported.
Although Waters received €40,000 as a part of the settlement, he told Ireland’s Sunday Independent newspaper that had the matter proceeded to trial, he could have won €4 million.
Freedom of speech is guaranteed by Ireland’s constitution as long as it’s not “blasphemous, seditious, or indecent,” according to Wikipedia.
Left-wing politicians and the LGBT community believe RTE shouldn’t have paid Waters a pound, and they’re taking their anger out on the author, who now refuses to travel into Dublin’s downtown at night for fear of his safety.
When he does venture out, he told, he’s had obscenities hurled at him in stores and in the streets by “cowards, [who] shout something and keep walking, they don’t want to engage.”
“I won’t go into Dublin city centre at night,” Waters told the newspaper. “When you have that kind of toxicity generated out of nothing, what are you going to do?”
He said he’s now become afraid “almost in a metaphysical way, that people could be so full of hatred. That, in accusing me of hatred, they could manifest a hatred infinitely greater than anything I could possibly imagine.”
And the experience has affected his health.
“I lost nearly a stone [14 pounds] in the first few weeks of this. I didn’t sleep,” he said, adding that he considered abandoning journalism and is still considering leaving Ireland to work elsewhere. “I have no friends in the media anymore.”
The worst part, he said, is the lack of support from others.
“You have a certain hope that somebody, somewhere knows you for who your are, you kind of have some kind of naïve hope that one of these people are going to stand up and say, ‘Hang on, this is wrong, this is not this guy,’ and that moment never came,” Waters said.
Recently, a talented man was drummed out of a CEO position he’d worked toward his entire life because he supported traditional marriage. But as far as I know, he at least has his health.
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