The campaign against the Irish blasphemy law mixed serious political lobbying at national and international level with satirical projects such as setting up the Church of Dermotology.

 

In 2010 a new blasphemy law became operational in Ireland. How did it happen, what does it say, and how does it help the Islamic States at the United Nations? Extract from a talk by Michael Nugent, chairperson of Atheist Ireland, at the Gods and Politics Conference in Copenhagen in June 2010, co-hosted by Atheist Alliance International and the Danish Atheist Society

 

What sort of society would introduce a new blasphemy law in the 21st century? Some background to the strange interaction between sex and religion and politics in 20th century Ireland. Extract from a talk by Michael Nugent, chairperson of Atheist Ireland, at the Gods and Politics Conference in Copenhagen in June 2010, co-hosted by Atheist Alliance International and the Danish Atheist Society.

 

In recent decades, thousands of people have travelled to see apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Ireland, and the Pope has offered plenary indulgences to sick people who travel to Lourdes. But why does society allow vulnerable people to be conned by these unsubstantiatable claims?

 

Societies throughout the world are moving away from traditional religious values and towards secular rational values, according to the World Values Surveys conducted by an international team of interdisciplinary social scientists. Extract from a talk by Michael Nugent, chairperson of Atheist Ireland, at the Gods and Politics Conference in Copenhagen.

 

The Church of Dermotology worships Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern, who introduced the new Irish blasphemy law in 2009. Here’s a summary of the sacred beliefs of Dermotology, and how you can join. Extract from a talk by Michael Nugent, chairperson of Atheist Ireland, at the Gods and Politics Conference in Copenhagen in June 2010.

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