Secular Sunday #73 – It's A Cracker

Another late night edition. (It’s not rational not to take advantage of unexpectedly good weather.) We have some good news about our conference, a profile of one of its speakers, the welcome return of our news roundup (helpfully compiled by Barbara Monea), as well as listings of upcoming events and a couple of thought-provoking blog posts. Enjoy!

– Derek Walsh, Editor

Atheist Ireland News

Profile: PZ Myers

Every week until the Empowering Women through Secularism conference, we’ll be profiling one of the speakers.

PZ MyersPaul Zachary Myers is a professor of biology and a prolific science blogger. He has an inordinate fondness for cephalopods.
PZ (pronounced American-style “Pee Zee”) incurred the wrath of Catholics everywhere in 2008 when he “desecrated a host” (i.e. disrespected a cracker).
At the World Atheist Convention in Dublin 2011, he said something that upset David Quinn.
He claims to have written a book called The Happy Atheist  which will be published later this year.


News Digest

compiled by Barbara Monea






  • Monday 20 May, 8:30 pm, McSwiggans Bar and Restaurant, Woodquay, Galway (map)
    Galway Skeptics in the Pub #57.Facebook event page
  • Sunday 26 May, 12:00 noon, Galway Lawn Tennis Club, Galway (map)
    Humanists West, Galway are having their monthly meeting. Open to all. Facebook event page
  • Saturday 1 June, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm, GPO, O’Connell St., Dublin 1 (map)
    Brendan Maher and co. will be outside the GPO with a stall promoting atheism, secularism and humanism. Email Brendan if you want to help or for further information.
  • Sunday 2 June, 4:00 pm, Buswell’s Hotel, Molesworth St., Dublin 2 (map)
    Monthly meeting of the Humanist Association of Ireland. All are welcome. Facebook event page
  • Sunday 2 June, Quay Co-op, Cork (map)
  • “Confessions of an ex-Scientologist.” The Cork Humanists’ monthly meeting with guest speaker John Duignan. Facebook event page
  • Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 June, O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel, Dubln 2 (map)
    “Empowering Women Through Secularism” An international two-day conference featuring some of the biggest names in atheism, skepticism, secularism and feminism. Buy tickets now


I had to overcome the fear of hell and God’s many other consequences and satisfy my own conscience that the source of these punishments came from Mohammed who was not a Prophet sent by God. God himself cannot punish you but the enforcers of Mohammad’s religion are the only ones carrying out the punishments when a person willingly apostates. – Geoff hosts a guest post from a now ex-Muslim

I’d never felt that I’d missed out by being an atheist, but one thing I could use is an occasional nudge away from narcissism. It’s easy to lapse into self-absorption when convinced there’s no master plan or purpose for life, let alone afterlife. – Clerical Whispers on Pope Francis as a leader for believers and atheists

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