They’d gone too far this time. The charity bin was busted. Angry tears filled her eyes. What would they do next? Throw bricks through the windows? Set fire to the orphanage? Ban her from their businesses? They treated her like a pariah because she was Protestant and refused to send her older daughter to the Catholic school. And Joe was caving into Father O’Connor instead of standing with her. Brie was their daughter, not the priest’s. Her schooling was their business, not the priest’s. Well, tomorrow, she was leaving Joe and this wretched town and taking the girls with her.
This was inspired by a true story of an Irish couple “who were torn apart by religious strife amid the events in Co Wexford which led to the Fethard boycott”. He was a Catholic and he married a Protestant woman, and the problems begin when she begins to resent being forced to educate her daughter in a Catholic school.
Yesterday, I watched the movie, A Love Divided which is based on the couple’s story and it was a very disturbing and sobering to see how hate and prejudice exists among those who claim that they are acting on behalf of their faith and their church. The towns people boycotted businesses and resorted to violence. This continued until the Bishop intervened for the sake of the church. In the end, the husband stood up to the church and both he and his wife decided to home school their girls. I was so disgusted by the bullying of the priest and how the rest of the people just went along with his intolerance and persecution.