TRADITION, FAMILY, PROPERTY — When Irish broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) featured a blasphemous portrayal of God as a rapist in their New Year’s Eve ‘Countdown Show,’ Catholics protested. On January 9, volunteers from the Irish Society for Christian Civilisation (ISFCC) went to RTÉ’s headquarters in Dublin. They were joined by three hundred Catholics from across Ireland who prayed and made reparation in front of the location. This gathering was spontaneous and leaderless, conforming to Ireland’s rigid COVID-19 prevention measures that have banned any organized events, even prayer.
Threatened Arrest for “Leading the Rosary”
Thirty officers of the An Garda Síochána (Irish Police) also went to the peaceful and legal gathering. They first directed their efforts on those they incorrectly judged to be “leading” the prayers.
Two Garda officers asked an ISFCC volunteer to leave for “leading the Rosary” or risk getting arrested. The young volunteer complied but not before they had obtained his name and address. Several others were also asked for their names and addresses before being ordered to leave the area.
“The real offenders are RTÉ”
Referring to the police action, one man pointed out the “real offenders are RTÉ.” Calling its blasphemous “Countdown Show” a “huge offense,” he said that “They are the people the Gardaí should be interviewing and asking for names, addresses, etc.” Ignoring provocations from one Garda saying “God doesn’t exist,” the demonstrators kept their focus. Their attitude is reflected in the intentions one person announced for the prayers:
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