Priest says Irish people protesting refugees is like ‘Black Americans supporting slavery’
Catholic priest based in America has said that Irish people protesting
against asylum seekers is no different to “Black Americans supporting
Sean Mc Manus, who was born in Co Fermanagh but now lives in the US,
was responding to an Irish Times article about far-right groups and the
spread of anti-immigration ideologies following a slew of protests over
the housing of refugees across Dublin and other towns.
said that Irish people who reject the idea of immigration are denying
their “own experience and history” coming from a country that has seen
millions of its natives move abroad.
of God! — Who, by the way, gave birth to Jesus Christ in a stable
because there was no room in the inn—how could this be happening in
Ireland?” the priest wrote.
people in Ireland—or America or any place in the world—opposing
immigrants would appallingly be like Black Americans supporting slavery;
or Jewish-Americans supporting historic, worldwide anti-Semitism. In
other words, a total betrayal of their own experience and history,
indeed, the denial of their very soul.
McManus said the “far right Irish ‘patriotism’” mentioned in the Irish
Times’ article “flagrantly and shamefully renounces not only the
Gospel-based social justice teaching of the Catholic Church on the
rights of immigrants, but also the basic human decency, humanity, and
solidarity of people of no faith but of goodwill.”
of neighbor’—and, therefore, love of God—means doing social justice for
all God’s daughters and sons on this earth,” he continued, before
adding that racism disguised as “Irish patriotism” is inspired by the
likes of Oliver Cromwell and Margaret Thatcher rather than Wolfe Tone,
James Connolly, and Padraig Pearse.
comes after Junior Minister Joe O’Brien said protests against asylum
seekers “won’t work” and will not change Government policy.
He told Newstalk listeners that gardaí are “monitoring people who are trying to mobilise and spread hate and spread racism”.
is tricky to give them all one message except to say that what you did
won’t work and what you’re calling for won’t happen,” he said.
of you will have legitimate gripes; you may be legitimately angry about
other things that have nothing to do with the people living in the
buildings that you are protesting outside but there are better and more
productive ways to bring your dissatisfaction through the political
system as well”.