Living authentically, accepting who you are many of us take for granted, until someone comes along and says that you are not authentic that you should be something else. That you are flawed.
The traveller community, and the black African community know all about that. So also do the Gay community. Racism, discrimination, call it what you will there are those in Irish society and further afield, who think that a minority has no right to be that minority.
What right has anyone to tell me how I should live? How I should dress? How I should be a clone and not an individual with differing tastes and styles. What right has Julie Burchill or Suzanne Moore or the Pope for that matter to tell me I am not fitting within their paramaters of what a fellow human being should be. I cannot subscribe to any religion which tells me that I am not worthy and there are too many on this planet trying to control me and restrict my view of myself and my self worth
I could take it further and ask what right have the Anti Choice movement in Ireland today to impose their restricting views on the right of a women to make a choice about abortion, which affects her own body integrity. Nobody has that right, it should be a woman's choice alone with her closest family.
Everyone has a right and a choice to be themselves provided they do not by their actions adversly affect the lives of others. By that criteria no one has the right to look down on others and say how they should live.
The sad fact however is that some human beings think they have the God given right to dictate to others, how to lead their lives and that leads to intolerance and bigotry, no matter how you dress it up.
My late father once said to me that some religious people would lead you to believe with their strong narrow biblical views that they had been to heaven or hell and back. All I can say is if Jesus were on earth today he would be in the temples over turning the money changers tables AGAIN..
An example http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2013/0122/breaking31.html