The Irish Times, regarded as Ireland’s newspaper of record, has suggested that teenagers deemed to not be sufficiently pro-trans may need to have their access to the internet limited.
The statement was made in response to a reader writing in about their 16-year-old son’s “right-wing” views on transgenderism and immigration.
According to the parent, while there was no evidence to suggest that the teenager in question had said “anything homophobic or transphobic”, there were concerns about “his general manner towards” individuals identifying as “gay, bisexual or trans”.
Replying to the parent, the Irish Times wrote that the teen sounded “insecure” due to his alleged need to “negate other people”, adding that he may have learnt to become critical of transgenderism and mass migration from the web.
“You may have to take away his internet connections and smartphone outside of family hours – this would mean that he cannot post while alone in his room,” the paper said.
The news outlet also suggested that the parent enrol the child with a psychotherapist or psychologist as part of efforts to purge him of trans- and immigration-critical views.
“Clarity on the unacceptability of his continuing behaviour is needed and the consequences of same,” the paper added.
The instruction was published in a document penned by the National Council For Curriculum And Assessment (NCCA), which is run by the Irish Department of Education. https://t.co/hyEybXr5BC
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Compared to the UK, Ireland’s political and media elite have consistently taken an often militantly pro-trans stance in the so-called culture war, frequently attacking their opponents as either being “Americanised” or simply “deranged”.
The UK, by contrast, has seen significant pushback on certain trans issues, with attempts to promote the ideology in schools being met with significant concern on both the political Left and Right.
Trans activists still hold significant sway within British society, with well-known comedian Graham Linehan having his appearance at the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August cancelled over his views on the topic.
Having been due to take part in the “edgy comedy” night at the city’s Leith Arches venue, the Father Ted and IT Crowd creator was dropped as his opinions went against the venue’s “inclusive” identity.
“The only good thing about it is that it’s drawing more attention to the fact that, essentially, a group of highly ideological cultists have taken over institutions across society,” Linehan told the British press.
He added that, if the venue did not reverse the decision, he was considering taking legal action.
Ireland’s planned anti-hate-speech laws have reportedly left politicians in the country spooked after the arrest of an autistic girl in the UK. https://t.co/5Gq5WofsoT
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