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
- There are now student tickets available for the Empowering Women through Secularism conference at the dramatically reduced price of €50. Get tickets now.
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Profile: PZ Myers
Every week until the Empowering Women through Secularism conference, we’ll be profiling one of the speakers.
Paul 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.
- PZ’s blog, Pharyngula
- PZ on Twitter
- PZ discussing Islam and embryology with the IERA outside the World Atheist Convention, Dublin 2011
compiled by Barbara Monea
- Battle against normalising suicide one of society’s great challenges
- Equality expert to examine if Croke Park proposals are “anti-women”
- Deputy Mulherin: Website’s advice on threesomes is ‘far from healthy’
- Ireland’s pro-choice activists risk prison with mass leafleting campaign
- Tone of bishops’ language on abortion an echo of other days
- Francis still shuns papal quarters
- What the new Pope means for the Franks of this world
- The gay airman who took on the US military
- North Dakota outlaws most abortions
- We Were All Wrong; The True God is Polynesian
- Anglican in Angola
- Sylvia Browne: TV Psychic Under Fire For Telling Family Kidnapping Victim Was Dead
- Dalai Lama urges respect for non-religious
- Hong Kong transsexual wins fight to marry her boyfriend
- Are we “getting” Islam?
- Lisa McInerney: Rape culture is a stupid, cruel response to a dark reality
- Efforts to reduce male suicide ‘mistaken’
- Archbishop Diarmuid Martin speaks of the ‘critical juncture’ of the Catholic Church
- What percentage of philosophers believe in God?
- 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