Ireland is in a sorry state at present – financially, morally, and socially.
Yet, what is the Government worrying about? The Minister for Justice, Mr. Alan Shatter, is concerned that the Irish Human Rights Commission (so-called) does not have enough power, or money, so he is going to bring in legislation for an ‘enhanced role’ for the Commission. Mr. Shatter has, he says, ‘a personal concern’ about the funding of the Commission. However, he shouldn’t have to worry about that – it is understood that pro-abortion Chuck Feeney’s Atlantic Philanthropies organisation is already supplying plenty of money to the Commission, and it is unlikely that this source of funding will dry up. Atlantic Philanthropies has also funded the publication of the infamous ‘Your Rights, Right Now’ report that was compiled by a group of anti-life organisations such ass the IFPA (Irish Family Planning Association – an affiliate of the IPPF), the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, the National Women’s Council, etc.
The Irish Human Rights Commission was set up following the ‘Belfast Agreement’ deal, so that it would mirror the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (the head of which is now a prominent advocate for the practice and promotion of homosexuality). The thinking behind the existence of the IHRC is that anything that is declared a human right in the Six Counties must automatically be declared so in the Republic of Ireland also. Take, for instance, the legal recognition of homosexual ‘partnerships’ and the provision of privileges to such partnerships as have previously been the prerogative of married couples.
It is alarming to know that the Irish Human Rights Commission advocates the legalisation of abortion in Ireland, and this is set down in the Commission’s report to the Committee of CEDAW (2005). Just two members of the Commission dissented from the majority report.
Again, the IHRC issued a report earlier this year on the subject of religion in schools – and this sought to ensure that there is no ‘inadvertent indoctrination or proselytism’ on the part of teachers in ‘denominational’ schools towards children of ‘other faith’ or ‘non faith’ status.
Is this what a ‘Human Rights Commission’ is all about?