Secular Sunday #83 – Swearing and Blaspheming
As regular as the workings of a slightly wonky clock, it’s time for this week’s Secular Sunday. You know the drill by now: we’ve got news, views and a list of upcoming events. Enjoy, and see you at a roughly similar time next week.
– Derek Walsh, Editor
- Atheist Ireland has written to Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, to remind him that tomorrow, as a member of the Council of State, he will become the first Irish person to be asked to swear a Constitutional oath in the presence of a god that he is publicly on record as not believing in. We have asked him to consider the implications of making such an oath. Read more
According to the Irish Times, the Tánaiste has sought legal advice and intends to take the oath.
- Atheist Ireland believes that that Civil Registration Amendment Act 2012 is based on prejudice and religious discrimination. We have been endeavouring to find out the basis on which decisions are taken in implementing the discriminatory aspects of this act. Jane Donnelly reports on our progress so far.
- Our submission on blasphemy to the Constitutional Convention is now on the Convention’s website. Michael Nugent has written a column for The Journal on why it’s time to get rid of Ireland’s blasphemy laws
All events are free and open to everyone unless otherwise stated.
- Saturday 3 August, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm, GPO, O’Connell St., Dublin 1 (map)
Brendan Maher and friends 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 4 August, 4:00 pm, Buswell’s Hotel, Molesworth St., Dublin 2 (map)
Monthly meeting of the Humanist Association of Ireland. This month’s guest speaker is Rachel Moran, a Prostitution Survivor and the founding member and European coordinator of SPACE International (Survivors of Prostitution Abuse Calling for Enlightenment). Facebook event page
- Sunday 11 August, 12:00 noon, Trinity Capital Hotel, Pearse St., Dublin 2 (map)
Atheist Ireland’s monthly Second Sunday brunch. A family-friendly social event. Facebook event page
There are likely to be similar events in other towns and cities. We’ll announce them by next Sunday.
- Wednesday 21 August, 8:00 pm, Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry’s Mall, Limerick (map)
The Mid West Humanists are meeting. They’ll be talking about life as an atheist or humanist in a religious world, as well as their plans to meet with local TDs concerning the Constitutional Convention.
- Religious orders will be pursued for compensation costs, Quinn claims
- Religion to Disappear By 2041 Claims New Study
- Muslim Brotherhood offices attacked in Libyan cities
- Pakistan has a new hero: Burka Avenger to fight for girl’s education
If you spot anything in the media that you think may be of interest to our readers, send us an e-mail about it.
I’m a white cis male. I have a naked lady fetish. There are no great numbers of folk out there who wish to oppress me, though I do experience a wrinkle of discontent from a small minority of Theists who don’t welcome my absence of belief. – Geoff asks: Where are the Women of New Atheism?
Without a doubt, the overwhelming reason why people are religious is that they were raised that way. It was their default setting so to speak. The vast majority of people are told from a young age that there is a God and never question it. God is unquestionably accepted like driving on the left hand side of the road. It is just the default option and many are surprised that a choice is even possible. – Robert Nielsen investigates why people are religious.