The Source of the IRA / Sinn Fein, by J A Kensit, published by the Evangelical Protestant Society, paperback, 80 pages, price £3.50, available from the Free Presbyterian Bookroom.
This booklet of 12 chapters and 10 illustrations was first published in 1920 under the title Rome Behind Sinn Fein but, as the foreword rightly says, the information it contains is vital for a true understanding of the present crisis in Ulster’s affairs.
The book deals with the situation as it then was in the whole of Ireland, and its main point is that at the root of all Ireland’s troubles is religion – Roman Catholicism. The author agrees, as we do, with Adam Smith’s statement in his Wealth of Nations: “The Church of Rome is the most formidable combination that ever was formed against the authority and security of civil government, as well as against the liberty, reason and happiness of mankind”.
When obtaining his information, the author travelled through Ireland. He handles such topics as the influence of Roman Catholic clericalism, Romanist political conspiracy, Sinn Fein funding, and the imbibing of anti-British attitudes in Roman Catholic Schools. He also informs the reader of the murderous activities of the IRA. We see that the IRA then, as now, had its hands stained with the blood of numerous Protestants.
We believe that the present appeasing of Sinn Fein / IRA by the British Government is furthering Rome’s undeviating aim “to bend and break the will of an imperial race” (to use Cardinal Manning’s words with regard to Britain). Rome’s hand in the troubles, especially those of Ulster, is well concealed, but it is truly active – now as then.