The Atheist Ireland committee are:

Elected committee members:

Chairperson  – Michael Nugent,  chair@atheist.ie

Secretary  – Helen O’Shea, secretary@atheist.ie

Finance – Sean O’Shea, finance@atheist.ie

Regional – Ashling O’Brien, regional@atheist.ie

Co-opted committee members are:

Human Rights – Jane Donnelly humanrights@atheist.ie

Secular Sunday – Derek Walsh secularsunday@atheist.ie

Membership – Kelvin O’Connor membership@atheist.ie

Andrew Doyle – seo@atheist.ie

Regional Groups

cavanmonaghan@atheist.ie – John Hamill

dublin@atheist.ie – Ashling O’Brien

meath@atheist.ie – Emmett Vaughan

kerry@atheist.ie – Peter Hinchcliffe

For more information contact info@atheist.ie

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    Taina Hollo March 20, 2014

    Hello! I am a Finnish lady, a known atheist (former president of Finnish free-thinkers’ association) and a fresh fan of Ireland and the Irish language. I would like to ask you two questions:

    1) I have just started learning Irish, and one of the first things I have been wondering is: do atheists, too, use greetings like “Dia duit” or do you have other possibilities (other than English greetings)?

    2) As a fan and an enthusiastic knitter I would love to use Irish symbols or colours in my knitting, but as well as I understand, almost every colour and symbol seems to be related to religion… Are there not any secular Irish symbols?

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      Arthur Deeny October 28, 2014

      In fact Irish speakers in the Gaeltacht more commonly greeting one another by saying “Conas ata tu?” How are you. To which the reply is “Ta me go maith” (please pardon the lack of accents). In Donegal they say Go deimear ata thu? which has pretty much the same meaning. The Dia dhuit thing is of course a symptom of the clerical control of Irish education.

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        Mark Ó Fátharta June 19, 2017

        I am an atheist and an Irish speaker and I can confirm that unfortunately we do sometimes use the term “Dia Dhuit” or for me the response “Dia is Muire duit’. “Conas atá tú” while seen as the standard is from the Munster dialect is not used in the Galway Gaeltacht. In Galway, people will use “Dia Dhuit” (Hello), “Cén chaoi a bhfuil tú?” (How are you?) and Cé déanamh amach? (How are you?). I always regret saying it but the only meaning it has for me is the greeting. I try to use the others as much as possible.

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      Aidan O\'Flanagan February 05, 2015

      Check out some of the carvings from Newgrange, the massive stone at the entrance to the chambers in particular:

      https://www.google.ie/search?q=newgrange&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=7rXTVJGVI4u5UaqjgegI&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1256&bih=679#tbm=isch&q=newgrange+entrance+stone&revid=759566492

      These are very well known (and loved) in Ireland. They pre-date Christianity – by quite a stretch – and I think they might be useful to you in your search for cool Irish symbols!

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    michael meyerson March 29, 2014

    I recently made an App that allows one to engage and debate Bible Punchers rather than dismiss them. The intention is to try and enlighten Bible Punchers rather than ridicule them. The common view that these people are harmless is clearly wrong.The list of harms associated with religious fundamentalism is huge. To mention a few- certain sects (Christian Scientists, Pentacostalists) refuse traditional medicine and rely instead on Faith Healing, others (Jehova’s Witnesses) prefer to die rather than receive a blood transfusion, they oppress women and oppose homosexuality, each sect believes that only they are correct, they often ban their followers from watching TV, listening to music, dancing, enjoying certain foods, drinks etc etc.
    The blurb for the App is below. Would it be possible for you to post the blurb on your Facebook page and/or website?

    ONE PERSON’S DEFENCE IS ANOTHER PERSON’S OFFENCE

    Bible Basher, Bible Thumper and Bible Puncher are all phrases used to describe individuals, usually religious fundamentalists, who impose their religious beliefs on others. It’s no longer necessary to dismiss those who accost you on the street or whose door knocking disturbs your afternoon sleep simply because you lack the knowledge, ability or readily available material with which to engage them. The means to debate and defeat a Bible Puncher are now available on your Smartphone. Defend yourself! You can now download the App PUNCH-BACK: THE ATHEIST’S ALLY and access the most troubling (for a fundamentalist) scriptural contradictions, errors, false prophecies and absurdities—all with Chapter and Verse references. The App was rejected by Apple on the grounds that it may cause offence! It can, however, be obtained on Android devices using this link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.punch.back&hl=en

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      Helen O Shea March 29, 2014

      Hi Micheal you can go ahead and post on our facebook group page but we keep our official facebook page for lobbying issues.

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    jim lynas May 24, 2014

    do you have representation in the Belfast area?

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      Helen O Shea June 12, 2014

      Not at the moment but if you wish to set one up or a meetup group we could help.

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    Aoife Keegan June 04, 2014

    Hi, I was wondering if you have any information on excommunicating ones self from the Roman Catholic Church. I was baptised Catholic but I am an Atheist and I want to make it official. It doesn’t seem that it’s as easy as just saying it. Is there any way I can declare my atheism and have it officially recognised that I am no longer Catholic?

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      Helen O Shea June 12, 2014

      There use to be a website where you could formally defect called count me out. However the Vatican changed this saying baptism was a historical fact and unfortunately the website folded. You won’t get them to formally recognize that you have left the church. The only way to declare your an atheist is to not be silent when people assume you are catholic. Excommunication does not mean your atheism is accepted or baptism rejected either.

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      Helen O Shea November 21, 2014

      You could make a symbolic defection by registering on our http://www.notme.ie site.

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      Leaver December 16, 2016

      I formally defected. It did take some persistence, but I now have written confirmation an am no longer catholic. There is automatic mechanism for leaving the church, so it depends on the discretion of the Bishop in your diocese. You have to make your own case to the bishop. If he (it’s always a he) decides to grant formal defection, he will pass on the instruction to your parish of baptism to have your baptism record amended. Persistence is your ally in this matter.

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    Lise Underwood September 23, 2014

    I am thinking of joining Atheist Ireland. However, can you please correct your registration form. ‘Cheque’ is not spelt ‘check’ – this mistake makes you all look like eejits!

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      Helen O Shea September 23, 2014

      Thanks Lise, We will update that. If you join before or on the 25 of October you get a vote at our AGM. Hope to see you there.

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    cathal January 05, 2015

    I was wondering could I speak with a member of Atheist ireland regarding formally leaving the Catholic Church and the right to secular education.
    Thank you

    Cathal

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    lise underwood January 31, 2015

    Can you please tell me if Atheist Ireland is a registered charity?

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    Stephen Drumm February 01, 2015

    Can I offer a suggestion for your placards at your next demo? –

    People before Prophets

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      Michael Houlihan February 05, 2015

      I love that….

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      Aidan O\'Flanagan February 08, 2015

      Yep, that’s a winner…

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      Lucy Halpin March 31, 2016

      very nice

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    john daly February 17, 2015

    hi, im looking for help, im a born again christian 7yrs now, for the last 2yrs iv started to ask questions and the answers i get from christans is im been attacked by the enemy for these anti god thoughts, i cant prove to you there is a god but can you prove to me there is not a god, if you can i will listen,

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      Brendan Perry March 07, 2016

      Hi John. There is no proof that gods don’t exist. Atheism is not a denial of anything. It is just a lack of belief in any god existing. I do not believe what Christians believe. I do not believe what Muslims believe. I do not believe what Hindus believe. Born again Christians agree with me on two of those points.

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    j July 05, 2015

    After living in Switzerland where self declared catholics pay extra tax @3% on their income I think it would be a great idea for Ireland.

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    Tony Chearnley August 14, 2015

    Not sure about the wording of the notme.ie website, it speaks of catholic and the catholic church changing its rules to frustrate people trying to leave. Is this the roman catholic church you speak of? As far as I am aware the protestant churches are sometimes classed as catholic as well, indeed the CoI creed specifically uses the wording ” We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church”. I am not aware of the “protestant” churches changing the rules to frustrate people wishing to leave. A quick search reveals…… The Protestant reformers understood themselves to be a part of “the holy catholic church.”Millions of Protestants still repeat these words every week as they stand in worship to recite the Apostles’ Creed.The word catholic was first used in this sense in the early second century when Ignatius of Antioch declared, “Where Jesus Christ is, there is the catholic church.”Jesus Christ is the head of the church, as well as its Lord. Protestant believers in the tradition of the Reformation understand the church to be the body of Christ extended throughout time as well as space, the whole company of God’s redeemed people through the ages. Is this website aimed at roman catholics?

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    qenawy February 01, 2016

    i am egyptian atheist now i am in Europe and seeking to asylum , can u help me in that

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      Helen O Shea February 09, 2016

      Hi qenawy, We cannot help you in this matter. I would advise you to contact amnesty international at info@amnesty.ie;
      Amnesty International Ireland
      Sean MacBride House
      48 Fleet Street
      Dublin 2
      Ireland
      Tel (+3531) 863 8300
      Fax (+3531) 671 9338

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    Shawer February 07, 2016

    Hello, I’ve written a book in response to a very prominent book that was published in Egypt and the Arab world titled “A dialogue with my atheist friend”. The title of my book is “A dialogue with my believing mentor”, in Arabic. Are you in a position to help me publish this book at all in the middle East (in Arabic)??
    Many thanks,

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    John March 24, 2016

    I feel sorry for all pagans on this site and the heretic sputing hate on RTE tonight – it is unfortunate enough that you have no hope and no faith, spreading your evil secular message is something that you will be called to account for when you return to your maker for judgement. May our Lord forgive you.

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      Lucy Halpin March 31, 2016

      No worries John, i’ll just get my imaginary friend to kick your imaginary friend’s butt!!

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    Lucy Halpin March 31, 2016

    Hi there. I’ve just joined but for some reason it charged me twice. When you get a chance, could someone contact me to resolve it? Thanks

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      Helen O Shea March 31, 2016

      Hi Lucy,
      We only have one payment from you on paypal (for 25 euro) and one active subscription (which will automatically renew your payment next year). Can you check your own paypal records to see if two payments went through?
      Helen.

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      Helen O Shea March 31, 2016

      Thanks for joining!!

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        Lucy Halpin March 31, 2016

        Hey Helen.
        Thanks for getting back to me. Will have a look but i’m sure its fine, it was your own membership page that i said it was paid twice.
        Thanks

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          Helen O Shea March 31, 2016

          Hi Lucy
          Two orders did go through but one was under reveiw – which I’ve cancelled. Only one order was paid via paypal. You might get an automatic email about the cancelled order.

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    Brian McMahon April 03, 2016

    The following is an e-mail I sent to census Ireland. I thought it may be of interest to you.

    Question on Religion.
    Brian McMahon 23/03/2016
    To: census@cso.ie

    Regarding the question on one’s religion,I believe that you will not get an accurate picture with the way the question is asked. The box to tick”No Religion”is confusing as it does not indicate if you ever have been a member of a religion,or born into a religious family but do not particularly believe yourself,or indeed,for instance,if you are a Communist and have never had a religion.

    The question should ask whether one is an Atheist for example,it is currently incorrect,does not give accurate results and should be changed immediately before the census actually happens.

    Your’s Sincerely, Brian McMahon.
    Limerick.

    This is their reply,

    Dear Brian,

    Thank you for your correspondence regarding the question on religion for Census 2016.

    Given budget circumstances the Government has decided that the least costly option for Census 2016 should be pursued. Accordingly the 2016 census will be run as a ‘no-change’ census and the questions on the 2016 Census questionnaire will be the same as those used in the 2011 Census, with the exception of the question on marital status.

    It has been common practice to conduct a public consultation in advance of each census and to convene a Census Advisory Group to consider the submissions received. Unfortunately given the budgetary circumstances over a sustained period, with very tight constraints on resources right across the public sector, it has not been possible to pursue this route for Census 2016.

    We anticipate that should there be a census in 2021 a full public consultation on the questions to be asked will be conducted in advance. We will retain your correspondence in relation to the religion question.

    The below link, explains how to answer each question.

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    Neil July 04, 2016

    Hi

    I’m just looking for some help. I’m a convinced atheist but am in need of a therapist. I’m looking to find an atheist mental health therapist. I had issues with a therapist before around this. Just hoping you could point me in the right direction as I feel I could only open up to a genuine atheist.

    Regards

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    Neil Harrington July 24, 2016

    Richard Dawkins A-symbol is meant to proudly proclaim that there is no afterlife. Yet it is an exact copy of a very old afterlife symbol! This type of copying is a little known phenomenon, but can be found in abundance in the historical record.

    Atheists should consider this one illuminating example when claiming that there has been no supernormal or supernatural occurrences in earth’s history. Start researching and you may discover what I am talking about ignorance is no excuse.
    Start here – humans are self replicating (‘to replicate’ means ‘to make an exact copy’.) But there are different kinds of copying!

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    David Doyle July 24, 2016

    Hi Helen, I have lost my password for log in. When I send for a password reset I get this message “ERROR: Empty CAPTCHA”. Can you please look into. Thanks.

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      Mary McGrath August 01, 2016

      I had the same problem. It looks like there should be a space to put in a captcha code but there isn’t one. Thankfully, in my case, my password came back to me! 🙂

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        Helen O Shea August 02, 2016

        I think its a problem with a certain version of internet explorer. What version are you using Mary?

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    Mary McGrath August 02, 2016

    That did occur to me, Helen. I’m using Chrome, as it happens. But I know IE doesn’t really like things based on the WordPress platform.

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    Neil Harrington August 22, 2016

    Why does the atheist Ireland website display the A-symbol, recently adopted by Richard Dawkins? It was designed to proudly announce that there is no afterlife. But this A shape is also a very old afterlife symbol!! Richard Dawkins and most atheists obviously know little about religion. It’s far better to say that you just don’t understand the great mystery of life. Then start searching through the historical record. It may take a long time, but you will surely come across the supernormal. It’s all found in the recorded information. Here’s a clue – think symbols and Carl Jung. Study religion and the military. Look especially at the known origin of things. You will discover that certain events in history recur precisely, yet in different geographical locations. It’s way beyond random coincidence. Good luck!

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    Damien Muldoon January 18, 2017

    Just wondering if you were aware of the U.S. phone in show, “The Atheist Experience” and if you ever considered doing a similar show on Irish radio or T.V. As an Atheist myself I support your efforts in promoting truth.

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    Kate February 10, 2017

    Hi!
    My son will be starting school in September and I’m looking for a bit of advice on how to deal with the religious side of things. I don’t want him partaking in religion but I don’t want to make a big deal of it for his sake. Do you have any advice on how I should talk to the school about it if there is an issue? He thinks churches are castles so he really has no clue about religion, how do I explain it to him?
    Any advice would be appreciated

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    Fintan March 11, 2017

    Do you have the leaflet on the website that outlines how I can help to support religious equality?

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      Helen O Shea March 11, 2017

      Hi Fintan, currently that leaflet is not on the website yet.

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    Gerry LaRue April 02, 2017

    I was recently in Waterford over St. Patrick’s day week and was surprised and pleased to find an Atheist Ireland table set up on Broad street. I hadn’t expected that. My wife and I had a nice chat for a few minutes with the three men at the table about dominant role of religion in Irish schools (and perhaps its coming to American schools with the rise of the school voucher system). As a life long atheist living in Los Angeles, I was happy to see that atheism is alive and well in Ireland! My best wishes for your continuing success!

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    Delaacour April 13, 2017

    Hi. I’m living in a country where I cannot say out loud that I’m an atheist. Our thoughts are not free here. I don’t want to say what country is this for certain reasons. I raised as a Muslim. I’m 23 now, I’m still not free. When I’m 17, I find my way out of Islam. And this is my story: https://sobeitonline.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/losing-my-religion/
    Maybe you can read or share with other people. I can’t even use my real name. Even my family doesn’t know, I can’t say. I use some foreign word as my name in my blog. It’s hard not having anybody to talk about this. I wish I could’ve been there to join you personally and I wish I could’ve see beautiful Ireland But I’m gonna register for sure. I’m glad these kinds of platforms are exist. I hope you’ll reach more people who are rational and smart enough to think thay way. Peace.

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    Allison Palmer April 28, 2017

    An Irish American atheist, moving to Ireland in 8 years. Looking forward to meeting up with my bretherand.

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    Sean May 08, 2017

    I was curious as to whether anyone on here has considered running or supporting the run of a state and church separation candidate for the Dáil?

    It would be crucial to get the manifesto correct. As important than anything would be headlining how secularism is not the same as anti-catholicism, this would freeze out the wingnuts from the get-go.

    Let me know, this is something I would be personally interested in brainstorming with an interested group.

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    edmundmorel August 30, 2017

    Believers think “god” (is god male/female or without gender?) has a human-llike psyche: He (or she) punishes “the bad” and rewards “the good”. First of all, humans are neither good nor bad, we are both, like zebras, black and white, the cult of the saints is nonsense. And: Human feelings for justice, the good deeds should be rewarded and evil deeds punished, have been developed in the evolution of homo sapiens from our ape-like ancestors, we are the “animals” with the most complex social behavior. So, god, who is said to be a “creator”, the “cause” of the big bang, cannot have a human-like psyche with a feeling of justice, because god (or his forerunners /”ancestors”) did not evolve from ape-like ancestors into social beings like homo sapiens did.

    Believers “invent” a “god” in their fantasy which is humanlike-this is unreasonable.

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    Repent Hell Is Real October 12, 2017

    You cannot sensibly say, “There is no God.” because you would have to know all things and be aware of everything that exists. Can human beings say, “We know and have discovered all things”? If not, then they are in no position to intelligently say, “There is no God”.

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    No Second Chance In Eternity October 12, 2017

    Jesus died to reconcile sinful men to a holy God. The Just for the unjust! How can that make sense to a sinful natural man? God agrees with you that it is indeed foolishness to you to believe the gospel but He warns; he that has ears let him hear. God will never condescend lower than He has down in Christ to reach us. Depending on our decision; we are always the loosers and gainers. The world is proving God to be right because the attitude of everyone of us is documented in the Bible.

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    Hell is waiting October 12, 2017

    I find it disturbing that you believe that this world functions by itself without anyone running it. It is inconceivable to believe that all seasons, rain, sun, day, night, etc are a product of chance and that there is no power behind this great universe. Oh man in sin is spiritually dead to the things of the spirit of God. Repent and stop deceiving yourself. Eternity is too long to be wrong!

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    You can’t escape from the wrath to come October 12, 2017

    There comes a day you wish you were never born, I can guarantee you my friends that Jesus will keeps His words. Delete every preaching that comes your way, harden your heart, shut your ears to preachers, the grace of God will not tarry with you forever. Many in Hell wish they can hear repent. It is your choice to go to Hell!

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    Janet Benson October 13, 2017

    Hello there,

    I’m based in Sligo and would very much like to help at all if I can.

    Please let me know if there is anything I can do in the NorthWest!

    Janet

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    The Voice Of A Preacher October 14, 2017

    Anyone who thinks he can examine Almighty God and then dismiss Him is surely a fool. The Bible warns that only a fool can say there is no God. To say that there is no God is to pride yourself to a state of knowing all things, and we know that we are limited in our thinking. I write not to shame you but as dear friends, I warn you because of what lies ahead of you in eternity. There is a way that seems right in the eyes of a sinful man but the end of that road is eternal death. There is no way anyone can escape Hell by denying Christ our Savior and Lord. Repent before it is too late. No second chance in eternity! I have not flattered you but you have been warned over and over not to play games with God.

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    Denise October 15, 2017

    Hi, I was going to join Atheist Ireland until I saw your campaign to Repeal the 8th. Now, I feel I have no voice. I am an atheist who believes that all life is precious, and that each individual has an inherent right to life, independent of the rights of their parents, at all stages of their development. Does anyone else feel like me?

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    David Brendan McGinnity October 16, 2017

    IRISH CATHOLIC REIGN OF TERROR. THE POPE’S LAST STAND.
    Poor old Ireland is in a state of denial and is marching backwards to the “Irish Inquisition”. Are we to find mass graves (in years to come) of disobedient children with broken limbs and broken skulls? As already proven, that is the Catholic Church’s solution to any concept of lateral thinking. Very few people of intellect believe or accept all this post Constantine baloney about Jesus. In this modern era, does the Catholic Church believe that people can be intimidated into accepting such bizarre nonsense? The people who promote and perpetrate this senseless bigotry in the face of logic and reason are psychotic.

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    Turnaround Call October 17, 2017

    Men need arguments to prove their words are true; but the Word of God is sufficient witness to itself. It cannot be the product of man. The matter contained in the Holy Scriptures demonstrates that the Bible is heavenly descent. Repent before it is too late for you in eternity.

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