Atheist Ireland AGM and public meeting, Davenport Hotel Dublin, Sat July 17
Atheist Ireland Public Meeting and AGM, Davenport Hotel Dublin, Sat July 17
Theme: A Secular State for a Pluralist People
Special Guest Speaker: Dr Darrel Ray, author of The God Virus
It’s now less than two weeks to our second AGM, which will be held in the Davenport Hotel in Dublin on Saturday July 17. The theme will be “A Secular State for a Pluralist People”. We hope that you can attend, and please bring along any friends who may be interested in joining us in our campaign for an ethical and secular Ireland.
Public Meeting 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm
We will have a special guest speaker, Darrel W Ray, Ed.D., the American author of The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture. His book asks why are people so clear about the faults and failures of other religions and so blind to those of their own? You can get more details, including links to YouTube conversations with Darrel Ray, at http://www.thegodvirus.net.
We will discuss our campaigns for a secular constitution and a secular education system. In less than a year of campaigning, we have succeeded in getting a commitment to a referendum to remove the blasphemy clause from the constitution. We need to plan our approach to ensuring this referendum is passed. We will also be discussing the need for a secular education system based on human rights law.
Senator Ivana Bacik will open the discussion and we will also have a guest speaker from the Humanist Association of Ireland.
AGM 11.30 am to 1 pm
The morning session will be for members only, though you can join on the day if you wish. We will decide on policy and organisational priorities for the coming year, and will elect officers. If you are a member, our constitution allows us to create committee positions to suit any area of interest or expertise that you would like to help with. We’re particularly looking for people to start local groups around the country.
Drinks Friday July 16
We’ll be meeting for drinks the evening before, Friday July 16, in MacTurcaills on Tara Street. Take it easy on the gargle, as we have a big day the next day!