I see that USI (Union of Students in Ireland) has attacked the Presbyterian Church over what it claims is the Church's opposition to equality for gays and lesbians.
USI claims that the Presbyterian Church is one of several Irish churches lobbying the Government to retain laws which it says discriminate against people on the basis of sexual orientation.
I do feel that USI has lost sight of the ball in all of this. The Presbyterian Church has banned its ministers from giving church blessings to gays and lesbians who have gone through civil partnerships.
They are perfectly within their rights to decide what is acceptable for them, if Gay couples have a problem with that then perhaps they should seek to join a church that does not discriminate against their sexuality.
USI should not be getting itself involved in a religious debate no matter what the issue is. As the 32 county student movement a lot of the students that they claim to represent are Presbyterian. Religon and Politics should be kept totally seperate and perhaps USI needs to remember this.
USI should be lobbying the Government on this issue and not attacking the Presbyterian church for expressing their religious views in a very reasonable way.