American gay lobby exerts its influence in Catholic Ireland
A petition has been launched which says that “this push for same-sex marriage in Ireland has not at all been a ‘home-grown’ phenomenon, but, rather, a carefully-orchestrated and massively well-funded assault on the natural family, coming from private American funding”.
In most countries funding local politics with overseas money would be as popular with voters as barbecuing puppydogs at a school fair. But not, apparently, in Ireland.
A charity founded by Irish-American businessman Chuck Feeney, Atlantic Philanthropies, cheerfully acknowledges that it has poured about US $28 million over the past 13 years into strategic LGBT campaigns in Ireland.
A columnist for the Irish Times, Breda O’Brien, was seething with rage this week at the thought of American dollars buying Irish votes:
Bruce Arnold, says, "In my opinion, The Atlantic Philanthropies has bought this referendum."
Atlantic has funded four influential organisations: the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), Marriage Equality, the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI), and LGBT Diversity. Its report on a decade of funding claims credit for LGBT political victories:
She didn’t need investigative journalists to reach this conclusion. The funded groups themselves acknowledge it (see the video above).
The director of GLEN, Brian Sheehan, admits that Atlantic’s money was critical in lobbying politicians:
Broden Giambrone, director of TENI, the transgender group, admits that Atlantic’s money gave it organizational clout:
“Money can’t buy me love,” sang the Beatles. Atlantic Philanthropies has bet $28 million that they were wrong.
Michael Cook is editor of MercatorNet where this article was first published.
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