The following sectarian prayer is recited every day in Dail Eireann.
Direct, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our actions by Thy holy inspirations
and carry them on by Thy gracious assistance; that every word and
work of ours may always begin from Thee, and by Thee be happily
ended; through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
The prayer is a direct appeal to the Catholic god for assistance in the running of the country.
Other gods, for example, Muslim, Jewish, the pantheon of voodoo gods and the god of Scientology, are all ignored.
The daily recitation of this prayer is an insult to rationality. It’s an insult to all those many people who do not believe in the power/magic of the Catholic/Christian god.
It’s an insult to the growing number of people who don’t believe in any god whatsoever.
Most of all, however, it’s an insult to democracy.