A Secular State Protects A Pluralist Society – Contents
In July 2019 Atheist Ireland took part in a meeting of the Dialogue Process between the Government, Churches, and Non-Confessional Organisations in Ireland.
This page links to the contents of Atheist Ireland’s policy document submitted to the Irish Government as part of this process.
1.1 Summary of our Contributions1.2 Contribution on Effective Structured Dialogue1.3 Contribution on Inclusive and Diverse Communities1.4 Contribution on Education1.5 Responses to Questions on Feedback Form
2.1 Why It is Important To Have Underlying Principles2.1 The Six Principles That Atheist Ireland Proposed2.3 The Dialogue Process Must Have a Neutral Name2.4 Secularism Means State Neutrality Between Beliefs2.5 We Need a Secular State to Protect a Pluralist Society2.6 Secularism Brings Together Atheists and Religious People2.7 People Have Rights, Beliefs Do Not2.8 People Have a Human Right to Not Respect Beliefs2.9 Individual People, Not Majorities, Have Human Rights2.10 This Process Should Treat Everybody Equally
3.1 Atheist Ireland Promotes Ethical Secularism3.2 The Word ‘Ethical’ in Ethical Secularism3.3 We Promote Internationally Agreed Human Rights3.4 We Promote Fair and Just Societies3.5 Our Alliance with Evangelicals and Ahmadiyya Muslims3.6 Secularism Correlates With Aspects of a Just Society3.7 The People Have Moved On, The State Must Catch Up
4.1 The Underlying Problem Is Multiple Patronage and Ethos4.2 The State Has a Duty to Respect the Rights of All Parents4.3 The State Ignores Its Duty to Respect the Rights of All Parents4.4 The Right to Respect Includes a Negative and a Positive Right4.5 How the State Helps Religious But Not Minority Belief Parents4.6 The State Must Rebalance Its Approach to These Rights4.7 Constitutional Conditions for State Aid to Schools4.8 What the Constitution Review Group Said in 19954.9 The Right to Not Attend the NCCA Religious Education Class4.10 The Right to an Alternative Subject to the NCCA RE Class4.11 The Effect of the 1998 Ruling on Denominational Schools4.12 Ethos May Influence But Only ‘To Some Degree’4.13 The State Cannot Absolve Itself of Legal Responsibility4.14 European Court Case-Law Guide on the Right to Education4.15 European Court Folgero v Norway 20074.16 The Right to Objective Sex Education4.17 The Catholic Bishops and RSE4.18 The Rights of Atheist and Minority Faith Teachers
5.1 Religious Oaths in the Constitution5.2 Amending the Civil Registration Act5.3 Strengthening the Standards in Public Office Law5.4 The Census Figures on Religion are Unreliable