As part of preparing for The Laramie Project, the cast conducted extensive research into the interesting topics the play explores, such as the death penalty, religion and same sex marriage to name but a few. In this week’s blog, two of our members would like to share with you some of the information they have gathered. After reading this, if you would like to learn more about the issues, come see The Laramie Project in the Droichead Arts Centre this Saturday to see these topics dealt with. In the first section of the blog, Louise Campbell gives us her views on the death penalty and the worrying crime rate in Ireland:
A few days ago, during English class, our teacher brought up a very controversial subject, he asked us to write down a few ideas on what we would do to lessen the criminal activity within the country. One of the girls suggested the death penalty and how it would solve everyone’s problems if they just killed criminals rather than let them live just to commit more crimes in the future. Now, people who know me would know that I’m all for other peoples’ opinions, but for this I must disagree. Yes, I understand where she’s coming from when she says that it stops criminals from committing crimes again after being released from prison. Although, in my opinion, I believe that locking someone up in harsh but bearable prisons isn’t such a bad idea. Prison conditions, I believe, aren’t tough enough nowadays in Ireland, it’s ridiculous that people are able to be released from prison early for ‘good behaviour’. One point that I mentioned in the class was how people shouldn’t be given special treatment in prison and that for incredibly harsh crimes (rape, murder, etc.) people should be put in jail for life (which I believe should mean for life). Apart from the death penalty being considered as ‘giving people the easy way out’ it also costs a lot of money, something that a country such as ours can’t afford to waste on people who don’t deserve it. There are often criminals who commit crimes because they may have a mental disability, something that isn’t their fault at all, just human nature. In these cases, these people should be diagnosed and checked into mental institutions, where hopefully they can keep themselves safe. Don’t get me wrong there’s nothing I could ever want more than if there was no crime in the world but realistically that’s not the world that we live in, and that world will never exist. It’s horrible to say that crime has become something that we’ve almost began to ignore, humans killing other humans has become the norm in a way, when people hear of someone being murdered people don’t make a huge deal out of it like they would have years ago. It makes me sad to think that compared to years ago, when you could walk around at night and worry less about something bad happening to you, people nowadays are often genuinely terrified to leave their homes in fear of being robbed or abused. Of course I’d love if something could be done about this but we all know that’s not going to happen. The number of crimes in the past few years have been increasing, even if we can’t stop crime, we should try to decrease the number as much as possible by taking action immediately and stop giving criminals ‘special treatment’.
Part two of the blog is by Gavin Byrne, who has a lot to say about the upcoming marriage referendum in Ireland:
Aloha again. It’s blog time people, and this time around, I’ll help any of ye still on the fence concerning the upcoming referendum on May 22 about gay marriage. Now for any living under a rock recently, this said referendum is to allow two same gendered individuals to marry…. Now, alas I may not technically be of the way of being able to vote in this, so my knowledge on all the legal malarkey is not absolute, but it’s sufficient. To be able to vote, you must be;
1)Eighteen or up
2)Registered to vote by May 5th
3)Show up and actually vote
Now, should same-sex couples be able to marry you might ask? A simple pros and cons list should help.
Pros of Samesex Marriage
People can marry who they want
People feel good
Won’t demean existing marriages
The Wedding Planning industry gets a sales boost
Cons of Samesex marriage
Now that Fella or Lady you’ve been hankering after is truly and completely taken
Now, marriage is an old concept, well outdating Christianity, and is based about mutual benefitting partnership and love really. And way back when lots of marriages couldn’t happen and now they can. This is progress methinks. Like how way back when, different races couldn’t mingle and marry, and how different religions couldn’t marry, but all that’s yet to be allowed, is samesex marriage. Sure, marriage isn’t is for all people, and some disagree with its very concept, but I think with marriage, it’s all up to the individuals, and I feel the options should be there for all. I mean going down on one knee, and asking for a ‘civil’ partnership, hardly is romantic or that. Now you may ask why I’m doing this, and opting for same-sex marriage, because as Jedadiah Schultz would say, “Cause I’m not gay” It’s just I feel strongly for equality and that. On a slightly relating note, if you’re unsure about the ‘gays’ or even if you are, you should come check out “The Laramie Project” back by popular demand on May 16 in the Droichead Arts Centre! And so in summary, basically, every couple should have the right to marry if they want, so please vote Yes. Well, this has been fantastic fun now, but I’ll end about here. Who know, might do another… This has been the brilliant Gavin Byrne. Have fun now! Sea ya!