Editing God out of 1916 is risible: Proclamation’s ideals ignored
(John Coulter, Irish Daily Star)
Many republicans need to ‘wise up’ and actually read the 1916 Proclamation.
Just as secular society has changed the true meaning of Christmas by editing Christ out, republicans are guilty of editing God out of the Proclamation of Poblacht na hEireann, issued during the failed Rising.
It’s a mirror image of Unionists who ridicule the Irish language by conveniently forgetting it was Presbyterians who kept the gaelic tongue alive in past centuries – so stick that in your curry and yoghurt!
The Proclamation opens: “In the name of God …” How can republicans go on about returning to the Proclamation’s ideals when many don’t even believe in God?
I can understand a fundamentalist Catholic such as PH Pearse signing the Proclamation, but why would a hardline Scottish communist like James Connolly?
The moral crisis facing republicans is simple – either they fully embrace the 1916 Proclamation and its clear references to God, or the Shinners have the guts to write a new secular Proclamation in 2016. Either you keep God, or you dump God. You can’t be an atheistic Marxist republican and still pledge allegiance to Him!
Since the early 1970s, the Shinners, INLA and all the dissident republican terror factions have made a mockery out of a core passage in the Proclamation.
It states: “The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all its parts …”
So much for the Protestants slaughtered by the IRA at Tullyvallen and Kingsmill, or butchered at Darkley Mission Hall by an INLA faction, and so much for all the women and children massacred at Omagh.
And what about all the Catholics ‘disappeared’ over the years? Guarantees of ‘religious and civil liberty’ are now nothing but empty rhetoric and modern republicans are only making tits of themselves by swearing allegiance to the 1916 Proclamation.
It gets worse for the 21st century republican movements. The Proclamation goes on: “We place the cause of the Irish Republic under the protection of the Most High God …”
When was the last time these so-called republicans attended a religious service where they genuinely prayed to God for protection?
Perhaps forgiveness for the movements for the pain and suffering they have inflicted on the Irish nation would be a better sentiment to pray for.
And embarrassment for republicans just gets deeper with the Proclamation wording: ” … we pray that no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, inhumanity or rapine”.
Given the number of alleged sex abusers the republican movement has hidden or moved over the generations, the time has come for republicans to face a bitter truth.
Modern republican morals bear no resemblance to the ideals of the original Proclamation.
Either tear it up and start again in 2016, or get back to 1916 basics and return God to His proper place in republican thinking.
December 17, 2014________________
This article appeared in the December 15, 2014 edition of the Irish Daily Star.