Fascinating little snippet on Talk Back yesterday. Apparently there had been eight suicide attempts on the Shankill Road in one day, and so we needed lots of earnest discussion on the subject. Iris the Ice Queen, chairperson of the Stormont health committee, was in to give the political perspective.
Talk Back being Talk Back, however, it wasn’t long before sectarianism came into the equation and the punters wanted to know how the suicide rate breaks down between the two communities. Eventually it transpired that Catholics are slightly more likely than Protestants to kill themselves.
What tilted this into the realm of GUBU, however, was a minister – not a Stormont minister but a reverend – coming on to give his perspective. The Rev was very clear on what was to blame for the rise in suicides. It was the theory of evolution. Yes, that’s right, apparently Darwinian evolution takes away meaning from one’s life and therefore suicide is only to be expected. So, to protect our young, we need to get back to teaching creationism.