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Why does RTE give airtime to religious fundamentalists?


Volatire

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When the subject of educational opportunities for young women comes up, RTE does not automatically invite the Taliban to Donnybrook in the interests of "balance". Nor is Mullah Omar invited to express his views on the latest trends in beachwear.

Yet religious extremists from Opus Dei or the Iona Institute have somehow intimidated state media into giving them airtime on any subject which incites their fundamentalist bile.

In my opinion, extremists should not have an automatic right to airtime on publicly funded media. We do not give publicly funded airtime to racists or to human traffickers to promote their views. So why should fundamentalists have an automatic entitlement to impose their vile anti-science and anti-human views on us whenever they wish, at our own expense?

It is time that civil society marginalised religious fundamentalism, and treated it as the freak-show that it is.
 

borntorum

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Is your name deliberately misspelt or is it a mistake?

Anyway, your almost-namesake had something fairly well known to say on this sort of thing
 

Dame_Enda

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Freedom of speech. I am an agnostic but in a democracy you have the right to express different opinions from the maintream.

There are problems with fundamentalism. But provided the fundamentalist is not hatemongering I don't see the problem in permitting them to speak. America is a hotbed of Christian fundamentalism but that's not the case here. And in any case Christian fundamentalists don't engage in suicide bombings or blowing up marathon goers. Islamic fundamentalists on the other hand....
 

Volatire

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Is your name deliberately misspelt or is it a mistake?

Anyway, your almost-namesake had something fairly well known to say on this sort of thing
I'm the Volatile version. :cool:
 

Bea C

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Isn't this whole argument about rights to start off with? :confused:
 

wombat

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FFS, they pay Kenny, Dunphy, Finucane, .....:lol:
 

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When the subject of educational opportunities for young women comes up, RTE does not automatically invite the Taliban to Donnybrook in the interests of "balance". Nor is Mullah Omar invited to express his views on the latest trends in beachwear.

Yet religious extremists from Opus Dei or the Iona Institute have somehow intimidated state media into giving them airtime on any subject which incites their fundamentalist bile.

In my opinion, extremists should not have an automatic right to airtime on publicly funded media. We do not give publicly funded airtime to racists or to human traffickers to promote their views. So why should fundamentalists have an automatic entitlement to impose their vile anti-science and anti-human views on us whenever they wish, at our own expense?

It is time that civil society marginalised religious fundamentalism, and treated it as the freak-show that it is.
Opus Dei and the Iona Institute are simply Catholic. They are not fundamentalist. They are trying to communicate what God your heavenly Father wants for us as a society.

Perhaps is not politically expedient for Irish Muslims to broadcast what sharia law has to say regarding same-sex marriage.
 

Volatire

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Isn't this whole argument about rights to start off with? :confused:
When there is a discussion about emigration, RTE does not automatically invite neo-nazis to contribute their views.
 

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When the subject of educational opportunities for young women comes up, RTE does not automatically invite the Taliban to Donnybrook in the interests of "balance". Nor is Mullah Omar invited to express his views on the latest trends in beachwear.

Yet religious extremists from Opus Dei or the Iona Institute have somehow intimidated state media into giving them airtime on any subject which incites their fundamentalist bile.

In my opinion, extremists should not have an automatic right to airtime on publicly funded media. We do not give publicly funded airtime to racists or to human traffickers to promote their views. So why should fundamentalists have an automatic entitlement to impose their vile anti-science and anti-human views on us whenever they wish, at our own expense?

It is time that civil society marginalised religious fundamentalism, and treated it as the freak-show that it is.
In fairness these religious loons also pop up on Vinny over on TV3 regularly.
 

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When the subject of educational opportunities for young women comes up, RTE does not automatically invite the Taliban to Donnybrook in the interests of "balance". Nor is Mullah Omar invited to express his views on the latest trends in beachwear.

Yet religious extremists from Opus Dei or the Iona Institute have somehow intimidated state media into giving them airtime on any subject which incites their fundamentalist bile.

In my opinion, extremists should not have an automatic right to airtime on publicly funded media. We do not give publicly funded airtime to racists or to human traffickers to promote their views. So why should fundamentalists have an automatic entitlement to impose their vile anti-science and anti-human views on us whenever they wish, at our own expense?

It is time that civil society marginalised religious fundamentalism, and treated it as the freak-show that it is.
Typical leftist viewpoint, freedom for what you agree with only.
 

sadmal

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Opus Dei and the Iona Institute are simply Catholic. They are not fundamentalist. They are trying to communicate what God your heavenly Father wants for us as a society.

Perhaps is not politically expedient for Irish Muslims to broadcast what sharia law has to say regarding same-sex marriage.
They are religious fundamentalists, their first loyalty is to the Catholic church and their desire is for a Catholic state.
 

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Freedom of speech. I am an agnostic but in a democracy you have the right to express different opinions from the maintream.

There are problems with fundamentalism. But provided the fundamentalist is not hatemongering I don't see the problem in permitting them to speak. America is a hotbed of Christian fundamentalism but that's not the case here. And in any case Christian fundamentalists don't engage in suicide bombings or blowing up marathon goers. Islamic fundamentalists on the other hand....
I fully agree. The more time people listen to fundamentalist dipshítes like Ronan Mullen and Breda O'Brien the less likely they're going to believe their half-baked poppycock. Bring 'em on.
 

sadmal

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When the subject of educational opportunities for young women comes up, RTE does not automatically invite the Taliban to Donnybrook in the interests of "balance". Nor is Mullah Omar invited to express his views on the latest trends in beachwear.

Yet religious extremists from Opus Dei or the Iona Institute have somehow intimidated state media into giving them airtime on any subject which incites their fundamentalist bile.

In my opinion, extremists should not have an automatic right to airtime on publicly funded media. We do not give publicly funded airtime to racists or to human traffickers to promote their views. So why should fundamentalists have an automatic entitlement to impose their vile anti-science and anti-human views on us whenever they wish, at our own expense?

It is time that civil society marginalised religious fundamentalism, and treated it as the freak-show that it is.
Maybe it's because there are very few moderate voices and so RTE have to invite these fundamentalists in the interest of balance?
 

johnny365

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RTE is very trendy leftie and PC liberal do gooder. Ive seen lots of large protests against cuts to carers etc and these have been ignored by the news room. Then a small few protests by asylum seekers gets on the six one, its does fit in with the PC do gooder agenda.
 

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Opus Dei and the Iona Institute are simply Catholic. They are not fundamentalist. They are trying to communicate what God your heavenly Father wants for us as a society.

Perhaps is not politically expedient for Irish Muslims to broadcast what sharia law has to say regarding same-sex marriage.
They have every right to freedom of speech, but they only speak for roman catholics.

I for one would hope they give air time to my church and the voice of the real heavenly father on our mortal abode, the FSM.
I've included a detailed guide that details how you can begin to embrace the one true faith.


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When the subject of educational opportunities for young women comes up, RTE does not automatically invite the Taliban to Donnybrook in the interests of "balance". Nor is Mullah Omar invited to express his views on the latest trends in beachwear.

Yet religious extremists from Opus Dei or the Iona Institute have somehow intimidated state media into giving them airtime on any subject which incites their fundamentalist bile.

In my opinion, extremists should not have an automatic right to airtime on publicly funded media. We do not give publicly funded airtime to racists or to human traffickers to promote their views. So why should fundamentalists have an automatic entitlement to impose their vile anti-science and anti-human views on us whenever they wish, at our own expense?

It is time that civil society marginalised religious fundamentalism, and treated it as the freak-show that it is.
Says the guys whose avatar and name come from an very serious anti irish catholic bigot who once stated we only understood force. You have no business pontificating what people can do.
 

Volatire

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Says the guys whose avatar and name come from an very serious anti irish catholic bigot who once stated we only understood force. You have no business pontificating what people can do.
So it is not just women and gays that you guys hate. Also the French Enlightenment. :roll:
 

florin

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The broader problem is that there are only about 20 people in RTE's address book, so if you listen to them you'll hear Mary O'Rourke, Joseph O'Connor, Breda O'Brien, John Waters, John Lonergan etc. etc. over and over again.

RTE is very trendy leftie and PC liberal do gooder. Ive seen lots of large protests against cuts to carers etc and these have been ignored by the news room. Then a small few protests by asylum seekers gets on the six one, its does fit in with the PC do gooder agenda.
Because if there's one thing the left hates, it's social services.
 

FakeViking

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The rump catholics need to pretend they're still in charge. Their Opus Dei links within the CSO gave us a census quesion so carefully doctored to evoke a particular response that got an 82% result.
 
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