Keep your religion out of my politics…

Alex Kane is a unionist, and a committed atheist. In his column this week he makes it clear that he doesn’t think politics and religion mix. There’s a lot of it about. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Billwas the partial subject of a sermon in the local parish church this Sunday. Northern Ireland’s science education policy has a strange abivalence within it, presumably because of some internal lobbying in the Executive. Yet is it always true that the kind of moral rigour that church influence can bring to the secular democratic feast is always negative? For instance, what of Denis Faul’s famous line there is either law, or no law?

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty