I love the Burke family. They are the gift that keeps on giving.
Just when you think things have quietened down, up they pop and cause more chaos.
For those of you not familiar with this family, they seem to be some kind of Christian Fundamentalist mob. Without a doubt they are all extremely intelligent [they seem to have no problem getting degrees and the like], but they’re not very clever.
It started last Autumn when Enoch – a teacher – refused to use the “them/they” construct on a pupil who was confused about it’s gender. Now I happen to agree fully with this as the matter of gender pronouns is a very basic grammatical principle – he/she is singular while “them/they” is plural. The latter maybe used as a singular but only in specific instance when the gender can be either [i.e. “a person may agree if they so wish”]. However, having agreed with dear Enoch our paths then diverge. I see it as a matter of basic grammar while he somehow sees it as a matter of religion.
So the bold Enoch was suspended. However he continued to attend for duty.
The school got a barring order. He still turned up every day.
He was brought to court and convicted of breaching the injunction. He fought with the judge and was sentenced to gaol until he agreed to stay away from the school.
Come Christmas, for some strange reason he was released from incarceration. He resumed his presence at the school.
In the meantime the school sacked Enoch. I don’t know why they took so long.
Enoch objected to this and tried to get an injunction preventing the sacking.
The judge reasonably pointed out that he wouldn’t issue and injunction as Enoch himself was breaching an injunction. A row ensued in court. Enoch was fined €700 a day if he continued to turn up at the school.
Enoch continued turning up at the school.
Enoch then brought another case against the school [I think, as it’s getting very confusing at this point]. He case was adjjurned. Another fight in court.
The case finally came up and Enoch [and his family] launched into a tirade of abuse directed at the court and the judge in particular. Mayhem ensued and the whole family were eventually physically and forcibly ejected from the court.
Enter Simeon, He is Enoch’s brother and had been arrested during the previous melee. Like Enoch, he had been offered bail but refused. Now back in court he proceeded to argue with the judge and wouldn’t shut up. The judge remanded him back to prison. He objected as he wouldn’t then be able to finish his law exams. At this point I laughed out loud.
I don’t know where this is all going or how it will end. Certainly the family seem determined to continue their protest by fighting [literally] in court. Who is next for a gaol sentence?
My money is on Ammi, the sister.
With the mother a close second.