The outcome of the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage was a big surprise for many people, but there are good reasons why it happened.
Irish voters back gay marriage in ‘social revolution’
DUBLIN (Reuters, 2015 05 23) – The people of Ireland backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum that marked a dramatic social shift in a traditionally Catholic country that only decriminalized homosexuality two decades ago.
After one of the largest turnouts in a referendum there, 62 percent of voters said ‘Yes’, making Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote.
More on the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage
h/t David R. Usher
In commenting about what may have caused the outcome of the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage, David Usher mentioned at his FB status that, “This is most likely motivated by a rejection of the Catholic church, which did a lot of ugly things for decades,” and
The strange thing I noticed when I was there [in 1973]: a pattern of people doing things they shouldn’t do and then using confessional to dump it. Listowel, Ireland had 1500 residents and 50 pubs, and one heck of a lot of hard core drunks with little kids playing amidst the insanity. There was a long line to get holy water outside the church. It was not pretty. It did seem that younger folks rejected all that and were becoming quite sexually liberated in defiance of their parents.
It would be difficult to blame the “liberating” influence of the Internet and of smartphones for what was happening in Ireland in 1973, but that, rather than the rejection of the confessionals, is more likely the reason for the way the vote went now. A lot of same-sex propaganda comes that way today, and much more of it by way of television programs that were unthinkable in 1973.
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (1931), was ostensibly a satire written to criticize social trends recognizable then already (although homosexuality of any sort was not mentioned in it), but it seems that it was more likely a prescription for an attitude restructuring program to be implemented by governments, written by a prominent member of the elite that was then already actively involved in promoting such things and putting them into motion. After all, Aldous Huxley’s assertion of it being a satire did not come until its second edition — after the second world war — made that claim in the foreword.
The role of long-term planning of social engineering in the way the vote in Ireland went should not be underestimated. Moreover, no one should have any illusions that the forces that make such things happen operate only on national levels. Not only that, but it seems that even the Catholic Church has become an open source of information and instructions aimed at bringing such sexual attitude restructuring about. It is obvious that it is not just about diddling with young boys anymore. It is not just that people are rejecting the Church because they became angry about that having come into the open. It can be argued, and increasing numbers of people do (e. g., wrt the Catholic Church, Fr. Malachi Martin SJ), that the Churches (not just the Catholic Church) are actively involved in creating the moral corruption that is bringing about their demise.
Whether one wishes to blame the Catholic Church for being a primary or secondary cause of the active promotion and acceptance of what once were thought to be unacceptable behavioral aberrations hardly matters. It matters much more that someone like Antonio Gramsci (22 January 1891 – 27 April 1937) had long ago called for exactly that sort of invasion of, and subversion from within, all social institutions (including the Churches and the families) to systematically dismantle what years of bloody revolutions and conquest by military force had not managed to achieve: the abrogation of the deeply rooted Christian cultural hegemony, to remove the apparently insurmountable obstacles that had managed to stall the spread of communism by force.
See also: Cultural Hegemony for a very concise summary of Antonio Gramsci’s views.