Michael D. Higgins Gets Second Term As Irish President & Blasphemy Is Voted Out Of The Constitution

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On Friday I went to vote in the election and referendum taking place here in the Republic of Ireland.

 

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I voted for Michael D. Higgins in the election who historically became the second President to be voted in as President for a second term via election in the Republic of Ireland. I’m very pleased for him as I find that he seems to b a very nice man, filled with fairness and equality and if fantastic for the arts too. Congratulations Michael D., here’s to seven more years of your Presidency! We love you! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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I also voted Yes in the blasphemy referendum which was to remove blasphemy as an offence from the Irish Constitution because I believe anyone should be allowed say what they feel. By all means when people disagree with anything, voice it, debate it but I don’t think legally anyone should be stopped from saying what is in their head in the first place. If someone wants to debate it then that’s there’s freedom of speech to do so. That sounds fair to me. But thankfully blasphemy was voted out of our laws in this referendum. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

So it’s been a busy time voting-wise for us over here in the run-up to Halloween. And in my opinion they were two excellent results which I’m chuffed about. Once again, so proud of my country and the continuing road towards freedom, fairness and equality and our further steps into a future vision of a completely modern Republic of Ireland. ๐Ÿ™‚

Strictly Kosher Review!

 

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Jack Aizenberg In Strictly Kosher

 

Strictly Kosher (2011) is a wonderfully intriguing documentary about Jewish religion and culture directed by Chris Malone.

 

Set in Manchester the documentary follows three Jewish people and presents their varying different feelings about their religion and the effect it has on their lives. We meet Joel Lever who is flamboyant and full of energy and fun. He owns a boutique where many women come for outfits for weddings and a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah. We also meet Bernette Clarke who makes gorgeous traditional Kosher meals for her family and she also has a love of wigs which I can completely relate to girl!

 

But my heart was stolen by Jack Aizenberg who spoke about living through the Holocaust and at one point showed a Nazi flag and spoke about the fear Jewish people felt in the time of Hitler when they would see that flag. He seems such a beautifully kind-hearted man and very compassionate. There was a warmth that came through from him which I really liked. A gentleman.

 

I love how this documentary gave Jewish life, religion and culture a representation that people who are Jewish unfortunately don’t always get on TV. Many myths were thankfully debunked and the documentary had a perfect mix of light-heartedness and truth about the prejudice Jewish people have faced and still face.

 

There is a few things which were a bit dodgy like genital mutilation, the whole only marrying someone of the same faith andย the separation of males and females at wedding receptions and no space set up at all for non-binary people who presumably would have to dance one side or the other but I know there is many Jewish people who don’t believe in any of these things either. Aside from those three eye-raising issues, the Jewish religion is a really beautiful religion with wonderful family values and a very peaceful openness and kindness which was really gorgeous to see come alive in this documentary.

 

A must-watch.

 

To watch Strictly Kosher go to:

The Supreme Court Ruling On Wedding Cake Brings Us Briefly Back To The 18th Century

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The Supreme Court have ruled in favour of a baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for the wedding of a gay couple in 2012. The ruling was 7-2 in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop argued that his religious beliefs as a Christian would be violated by making the cake for husbands-to-be David Mullins and Charlie Craig. The ruling which had originally ruled in favour of the couple was overturned by the Supreme Court.

I find it all very sad. I actually get sick to my teeth of that ole chestnut of using your religion to discriminate against people. It actually seems very in fashion nowadays and it actually makes no sense. I think we all know Christians who are very open-minded, kind people and I think the box these people like Phillips put them in is very wrong. And if not all Christians are like Phillips then it’s obvious that it’s something to do with people like this and not their religion as they claim.

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I don’t own a business but if I did I would be professional in my dealings. For instance if someone wanted a cake for a rally of narrow-minded persuasion I would bake the cake because it would be my job, not because I believed in the cause. It’s an open service to everyone and the old mantra is that the customer is always right. It’s the first thing anyone going into a business learns. What you believe is irrelevant to the needs of your customers. I find it massively strange this whole religious beliefs fight because people are asked to bake a cake, not attend the occasion.

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Everyone should be able to go into a place of business and be treated the same as everyone else and no exceptions in any way to that rule. If you’re going to be unprofessional in anything you do you might as well not be doing it. Your opinions are your own personal beliefs. They should never come into your work but apparently the Supreme Court in Colorado thinks they should. I do feel sorry for Mullins and Craig in this ruling. Essentially what’s being put forward is that people can openly discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in services and the law will back them up. But I admire them for bringing the case and highlighting this prejudice that still goes on in our society and I wish them both a very happy life together.

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Just one other thing I read about the case. Non-surprisingly the Trump Administration was all behind Phillips and Solicitor General Noel Francisco said the following,

“A custom wedding cake is not an ordinary baked good; its function is more communicative and artistic than utilitarian. Accordingly, the government may not enact content-based laws commanding a speaker to engage in protected expression: An artist cannot be forced to paint, a musician cannot be forced to play, and a poet cannot be forced to write.”

Now, I’m a writer and I would agree no one in a creative sphere should have to create something they don’t believe in. But it’s the creative sphere. It’s a solitary profession where you are creating something that people can either look at or ignore. There is a massive difference when you are running a business where customers are coming to you looking for the same service and you pick and choose who you serve what to. If Phillips wants to bring a social issues part into his work maybe he should have became a writer but if someone becomes a baker they can’t have their cake and eat it but essentially the Supreme Court said Phillips could do that.