And so, Gentle Reader, I was in the throes of trying to get together some sort of sensible post on the recent report on the Magdalene laundries, and the Irish government's admission of complicitness (is that even a word? Well it should be!) in a system of institutionalised slavery, in all but name. Then I checked my inbox, and it turns out The Blog Of The Re-Enlightenment posted almost exactly what I wanted to say, just a couple of hours ago. So, please, go read that. I'll just quote one line, by way of emphasis:
This is what happens when religion has power. This is why I am a secularist.
And, by way of me making some sort of material contribution to any discussion, here's a Channel Four documentary on the subject, from 1998. You may want to watch with a good, stiff drink in hand…
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