Alastair McIntosh's insightful talk at this year's Féile Bríde 2017 in Kildare. Under this year's theme of 'Darkness to Light' Alastair's talk focuses on turning back the streams of war. It explores how religion has been 'weaponised' by the men of violence, saying for example that with regard to ISIS we should refer to them as 'Islamic militants' and not 'Islamic fundamentalists', as these believers are in fact not not fundamental enough.
He goes on to explore the cultural psychodynamics that creates a Trump whose great grandmother came from his own Isle of Lewis, and the connection between the highland clearances and the use of fear as a driver of religious conversion into a cold, patriarchal, black and white theology of Election and Damnation. A theology still alive in the right wing 'Christian' mindset of Trump voters. Thus the importance of the Bríde the archetypal feminine.