Removal of prohibition of religious services

Removal of prohibition of religious services

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Catherine Sunshine started this petition to Taoiseach Micheál Martin

Dearest brothers and sisters of Ireland,

I wish to extend firstly my greatest and most sincere thanks to each and every one of you who has signed this petition and shared it.

I also want to extend my appreciation to the various religious leaders, from multiple faith groups, who have expressed support.

 

In accordance with the Government's "Resilience and recovery 2020-2021 Plan for living with Covid-19" restrictions in respect of places of worship under Level 3-5 have the following practical ramifications for religious congregations:

-Christians you, cannot attend, organize or particulate in a full immersion baptism.

-Muslim congregations, you cannot attend mosque to observe prayer.

-Catholics, you cannot receive communion or attend confession.

 

The Nation was placed on Level 3 as of midnight October 6th 2020, meaning that ALL religious services are to cease with immediate effect.

This means that religious services from any faith group, of any kind, of any size, regardless of whether social distancing and/or face coverings are used, or whether they be conducted inside or outside should cease.

 

Under Level 3 25 people can attend a wedding reception, 15 people can attend an outdoor event. Further, elite athletes are exempt from ANY restrictions in terms of numbers for the purposes of training for a sporting event. Bars and cafes can still operate, hair salons remain open and so do educational institutions and schools.

So, you are permitted to go to the hairdresser and have a hair cut, then meet a friend for a pint and some grub at a pub, before attending an Arts event at a park followed by a knees up at a wedding reception; yet the government does not want you to participate in public worship services, which to many who adhere to a faith, would deem to be the most significant act out of all of the above.

Let us remind ourselves that religion is not an extension of who we are, but is a significant part of our identity as individuals and has a profound and undeniable influence on our lives and society as a whole.

In our struggle for emancipation from alien occupation our forefathers were conscious of not only the geographical liberation of Ireland, but also of it's citizens freedom to practice religion without persecution.

We must not permit freedoms which were courageously fought for to be curtailed.

 

It is incomprehensible that in the 21st century, in a Democratic, Western Nation, with constitutional protection of religious freedoms, that the government seeks to impose the aforementioned upon it's citizens.

Whilst the current measures are only guidelines, and (thus far) non compliance is not an offence, we can see, and have seen, over the course of this year, that recommendations have become legally enforcible by way of amendment to current legislation and through the creation of new statutory instruments.

Therefore, it is paramount that at this juncture, we the people remind the government that they are oblidged to protect and vindicate our rights, not encroach on them.

Bunreacht na hÉireann

Article 40:3 1-2 states:

"3 1° The State guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate the personal rights of the citizen.

2° The State shall, in particular, by its laws protect as best it may from unjust attack and, in the case of injustice done, vindicate the life, person, good name, and property rights of every citizen."

 

 

We, the people of Ireland, perceive the governments guidelines/recommendations in respect of places of worship to be a direct attack on our fundamental rights and freedoms and to be in direct conflict with the Spirit of Bunreacht na hÉireann.

 

The purpose of this petition is to enable citizens to vocalise their dissatisfaction with the government's decision to advise that ALL places of worship cease operating under Level 3-5 restrictions, and, to impress on the government the need for the immediate revocation of such recommendations, so as to not impede by way of measures currently published, citizens constitutional rights in respect of religious liberties.

The Constitution states:

Article 44:1

"1 The State acknowledges that the homage of public worship is due to Almighty God. It shall hold His Name in reverence, and shall respect and honour religion."

And

Article 40:6.1.i and iii

"1° The State guarantees liberty for the exercise of the following rights, subject to public order and morality: –

I The right of the citizens to express freely their convictions and opinions...

...ii The right of the citizens to assemble peaceably and without arms."

 

The people are yet to have a single member of government advocate for the religious rights of citizens during this time.

In light of that fact, we the people require the government to acknowledge, by way of Taoiseach Micheál Martin personally accepting deliverance of this petition, citizens concerns; and, require that the government urgently discuss current guidelines, with the view to the immediate removal of recommending the cessation of gathering for public worship under Level 3-5 restrictions.

 

We call upon all persons, from all religious and philosophical affiliations to unite as one, to protect what is most dear to us.

Let Christian stand hand in hand with Muslim and Jew for the preservation and protection of the corner stone principles on which our great and sovereign nation was founded upon.

 

I will leave you with this:

"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."Hebrews 10:25

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.": John 3:16

"But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve...But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15

 

Be blessed 

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