‘Genocide’ – A Word That Matters

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A Time to Speak

Last week, the US Congress, by 405 votes to 11, finally passed a resolution recognising the slaughter by Turkey of up to 1.5 million Armenians between 1914 and 1923 as ‘genocide.’ The Armenian genocide was a truly horrific attempt to exterminate an entire race of people. While it lacked the industrial efficiency of the Nazi Holocaust, it more than made up for it in savagery. As in the Holocaust, Armenians had their property confiscated, were herded into concentration camps, subjected to gassing and medical experimentation, and forced on death marches into the Syrian desert. Tens of thousands were burned […]

SEC Education Grants – Supporting Protestant Education

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The Secondary Education Committee (SEC) provides grants to help Protestants attend fee charging Protestant-managed Secondary Schools.

The SEC was established in 1968 to administer the Protestant Block Grant when free secondary education scheme was introduced in Ireland. It enables children to attend a secondary school which aligns with the child’s religious ethos, without being restricted by fees or where their home is geographically.

The grant is means tested and can be used to offset day fees or boarding fees. Day grants range from €150 to €3,081 and boarding grants from €250 to €8,217 depending […]

National Praise Day | 31st October 2019

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Each year, at the end of December, ancient Rome was disrupted by a festival of drunkenness and immorality devoted to the god Saturn. As Christianity began to spread, believers prayed about how to protect themselves and their children from the violence and harmful influences associated with Saturnalia. Their solution was a stunningly bold vision – they decided to redeem the date for Jesus. Even though they knew Jesus wasn’t born in December, they decided to take a date at the end of Saturnalia, 25th December, and use it to celebrate the Incarnation of Christ. And that’s how Christmas was […]

Movie Review – ‘Unplanned’

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On Friday night I went to the Omniplex cinema in Dundalk to watch the first showing there of ‘Unplanned’. This is a film that shares the story of Abby Johnson, director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Houston, Texas, and at one time Planned Parenthood’s employee of the year. Abby came to the realisation that she was not supervising the removal of clumps of cells, but rather that she was supervising the killing of unborn children.

The film is certainly not light entertainment, not that you would expect it to be given the subject matter. There are several […]