RC RBTomorrow, Thursday 18 May, the Dail will vote on the Equal Participation in Schools Bill that it debated yesterday. Please contact your TDs today and ask them to vote for this.

It is proposed by Solidarity and People Before Profit, and it incorporates proposals from Atheist Ireland and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

It is an an important step towards secular State-funded schools that respect everybody equally, and the eventual separation of Church and State.

It recognises that Irish schools breach human rights by evangelising religion throughout the whole school day, and not merely by discriminating in access.

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The Irish Times has today published this letter from Richard Dawkins:

Sir, – As a gesture of solidarity with Stephen Fry, I quote a sentence from my book, The God Delusion:

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

Every one of these adjectives is amply documented, with full biblical citations, in Dan Barker’s book, God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction.

I shall be giving a public lecture in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on June 12th, and I shall therefore be available for arrest on a charge of blasphemy.

– Yours, etc,
RICHARD DAWKINS,
New College,
Oxford

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Stephen-Fry-1The Gardai are reported to have decided to not proceed with the Stephen Fry blasphemy investigation. The reported reason for this decision is even more dangerous than a prosecution would have been.

The Gardai have not denied that the comments were grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matter held sacred by a religion.

Instead, the reported reason is that the Gardai failed to find a large number of people outraged by the comments.

This creates an incentive for people to demonstrate outrage when they see or hear something that they believe is blasphemous.

It also shows that the police take our blasphemy law seriously, as indeed they should do, regardless of the nod and wink attitude of our legislators.

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End forced prayers in Parliament, and end blasphemy laws

Prayer and Blasphemy

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Stephen Fry blasphemy investigation also threatens RTE, Irish Times and Atheist Ireland

May 6, 2017

The police investigation into Stephen Fry for blasphemy also threatens RTE, the Irish Times and Atheist Ireland. The offence of blasphemy is committed not only by the person who first utters a blasphemous statement, but also by anybody who publishes it.

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International blasphemy expert Prof David Nash responds to police investigation of Stephen Fry

May 6, 2017

Professor David Nash of Oxford Brookes University is an international expert on the history and contemporary status of blasphemy laws throughout Europe and beyond. He has worked with Atheist Ireland at the United Nations and the Irish Constitutional Convention to seek abolition of the Irish blasphemy law. He has today given the following response to […]

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Atheist Ireland republishes 25 blasphemous quotes in solidarity with Stephen Fry

May 6, 2017

Atheist Ireland welcomes the Irish police investigation into Stephen Fry for blasphemy. It highlights a law that is silly, silencing, and dangerous. On 1 January 2010, the day the new Irish blasphemy law became operational, Atheist Ireland published a list of 25 blasphemous quotes in order to challenge the law. Today, in solidarity with Stephen Fry, […]

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Atheist Ireland welcomes police investigation into Stephen Fry for blasphemy

May 6, 2017

Atheist Ireland welcomes the police investigation into Stephen Fry for blasphemy. It highlights a law that is silly, silencing, and dangerous. It is a silly law because it suggests that the creator of the universe needs the Oireachtas to protect its feelings. It is a silencing law because many Irish media outlets are self-censoring themselves […]

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Do Not Stand for This – It is Time to Separate Church and State

May 5, 2017

The Dail yesterday voted to force all TDs to stand for a Christian prayer every day, asking Christ Our Lord to direct every word and action of theirs, and to force the Ceann Comhairle to read the prayer aloud. Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Labour Party all supported this vote, which breaches the human […]

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Thank you to the TDs who supported separation of Church and State last night

May 3, 2017

Atheist Ireland thanks the TDs who spoke in favour of separation of Church and State in the Dail last night, and in support of the equal right of every citizen to freedom of religion or nonreligious belief. While still a minority in the Dail, they reflect the changing mood of the Irish people. The Dail […]

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