Secular Sunday #74 – Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo
Here it is: the usual weekly mix of news, blogs and event listings with some good news for any secular feminist Cinderellas afraid of missing out on the Empowering Women through Secularism conference. We may have found your fairy godmother (so to speak).
– Derek Walsh, Editor
Atheist Ireland News
Geoff Lillis, known to many as Geoff’s Shorts, has purchased a student ticket forEmpowering Women through Secularism and generously intends to give it away to a worthy recipient.
So if you or someone you know wants to go but can’t afford to, let Geoff know here. It’s such a good idea that we’re going to give Geoff an extra ticket to give away as he sees fit.
Standard tickets are €100, student tickets are €50 and available here. If you’re in a position to help someone else make it to the conference, let us or Geoff know.
Profile: Nina Sankari
Every week until the Empowering Women through Secularism conference, we’ll be profiling one of the speakers.
Nina Sankari is a Polish atheist and feminist activist. She is President of European Feminist Initiative Poland and has served as spokesperson for the Polish Rationalist Association, the K. Lyszczynski Association of Free Thinkers, and the Polish Association of Atheists.
- Article:Secular state and politics of coffins and tombs
- Video: NIna on religion and and the law at the International Conference on Women’s Rights, Sharia Law and Secularism, London, 2011.
- Thursday 30 May, 7: 30 pm, Trinity Capital Hotel, Pearse St., Dublin 2 (map)
Dublin Atheists in the Pub. Informal social event with friendly argumentative atheists. All are welcome. 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, 12:00 noon, Quay Co-op, Cork (map)
“Confessions of an ex-Scientologist.” The Cork Humanists’ monthly meeting with guest speaker John Duignan. Facebook event page
- 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
- Monday 3 June, 8:30 pm, McSwiggans Bar and Restaurant, Woodquay, Galway (map)
Galway Skeptics in the Pub #58 – “How To Get To Skeptical Street”.Facebook event page
- Wednesday 19 June, 8:00 pm, Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry’s Mall, Limerick (map)
The Mid West Humanists are meeting. All are welcome.
- 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
compiled by Barbara Monea
- As it happened: Final day of the Oireachtas hearings on planned abortion laws
- 6 interesting moments from the final day of the Oireachtas abortion hearings
- TDs to support abortion amendment to provide for medical terminations
- One allegation of abuse within Catholic Church in 2012
- Gone for good: Last Magdalene laundry to be converted into houses and sold
- Amnesty International: ‘Abortion laws out of line with international human rights standards’
- More blood donations needed to meet demand of ageing populations
- VIDEO: Has Pope Francis been seen performing an exorcism?
- Two men arrested after attacks on mosques as tensions remain high on streets of London
- Film of Woolwich atrocity sees apparent perpetrators explain their actions
- Sentenced to 12 years of jail because he infibulated his two daughters in Spain (Italian)
- Vatican Representative: Just to Be Clear, Atheists Are Still Going to Hell
- Cameron needs opposition’s help as gay marriage vote is passed
- Wolf Blitzer Tells Tornado Survivor To Thank The Lord, Finds Out She’sAn Atheist
- Carla Hale, the gym instructor fired because lesbian (Italian)
- Victims of stalking and domestic violence to get EU-wide protection
- Faith-Healing Churches Linked to 2 Dozen Child Deaths
- Kiss protest’ held at Turkey subway station
- Polanski blames the Pill for ‘masculinising’ women
- Two-child limit for Muslims in parts of Burma
- Scientists have figured out what caused the Irish Famine
- New IVF treatment could result in couples having successful pregnancies
- Splint made by 3D printer used to save baby’s life
- Scientists discover new reason why humans began walking on two feet
- What does a nun think about homosexual couples?
- Prof William Binchy: Abortion legislation ‘incompatible with the core values of human rights’
- The only thing I have to say about sexual morality is this
- Column: I’m a mother of a special needs child and a pro-choice advocate
- Religious control of schools is neither tolerant nor inclusive
- Only God Forgives, first look: brutal, terrifying, fabulous
- Column: I saw no exorcism in St Peter’s Square last Sunday, because nothing of the kind occurred
- An Atheist Muslim’s Perspective on the ‘Root Causes’ of Islamist Jihadism and the Politics of Islamophobia
- Column: I have always considered myself pro-choice, but I can’t support the proposed abortion bill
It is said that when Ireland received its independence from Britain in 1921 it handed it over to the Catholic Church. For the next seven decades the Church dominated Irish life and shaped it to suit its teachings. While Ireland never became a theocracy, it came pretty close. Irish politicians of all parties declared their loyalty to the Church and gave the hierarchy unquestioned influence over policy. – Robert Nielsen on the legacy of the Catholic Church in Ireland
Like any country with a reputation for extremism, its history will always be judged on the actions of extremists. The usual saying that history is judged by the victors does not yet apply to Northern Ireland, as the state of conflict has never really ended in the minds of much of its population. Many use religion as a twisted analogy for political preference, and this is instilled from childhood by a school system that is still separated by religion above all else. – Jason Murdock of Atheism:Northern Ireland on the changing religious landscape of the region.
It has been reported that rate of measles infections has risen dramatically in countries like the UK and France (Roxby, 2011), and in 2011, the World Health Organisation pushed back its target date for eradication of measles to 2015. The controversy surrounding the MMR vaccine has endured in spite of attempts to refute the bad science which plagues its supporters, and the effects of this are now being felt. Despite the fact that the Wakefield’s original paper (Wakefield et al, 1998) has been widely discredited, and even retracted by the Lancet (the original journal of publication), there is still mistrust among parts of the population in Europe, and further afield, and still people who firmly believe that there is a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. –Jennifer Keane analyses the MMR controversy.
Thankfully I started to come out of my shell a bit and often decided to debate with my religion teacher on her ways of teaching (through a Catholics eyes) and one day, shortly after she had found out I was an Atheist, she placed a bible in front of me in class and said “Here, read this.” I smiled, pushed the book slowly back in her direction and said “I already have. Twice. It’s the main reason I am an Atheist.” –DatAtheist on religion in Irish classrooms