Demos ImageThe Demos UK Think Tank has produced a well-intentioned report about tweets that express prejudicial dislike of Muslims because of their faith. This could have been a more useful project, if the report had highlighted its findings in a more balanced way, and had not unwittingly used the Islamist propaganda word ‘Islamophobia’ to misdescribe the anti-Muslim prejudice that it was researching.

Instead, the report generates a misleading panic about the extent of even its own flawed definition of ‘Islamophobia’, it fails to highlight that the vast majority of tweets about jihad, terrorism and hijabs do not display anti-Muslim prejudice, and it conflates reasonable and necessary criticism of Islam with anti-Muslim prejudice under the common term ‘Islamophobia’.

In response, Benjamin Jones of the National Secular Society in the UK outlined why the report shows that we should stop using the meaningless and sinister word ‘Islamophobia’. Carl Miller of Demos responded to Benjamin, accepting some of Benjamin’s points and countering others. I welcome’s Carl’s willingness to engage on this. Here are some further criticisms of the report, which I acknowledge was well-intentioned.

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Women Beyond Belief is a new anthology by American author Dr. Karen Garst, inspired by the Hobby Lobby court case of 2014. Karen is the former executive director of the Oregon State Bar. She also blogs at faithlessfeminist.com.

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Yesterday I debated the possibility of State schools spending less time teaching religion, on Newstalk Radio with David Quinn and host Jonathan Healy.

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Michael Jane AI Report

The Irish Times and RTE have reported on yesterday’s launch of Atheist Ireland’s review of the State Religious Education curriculum in second level schools.

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Irish Atheists, Muslims and Evangelicals jointly call for reform of State Religious Education course

July 19, 2016

As part of our unique inter-belief alliance for secularism, Atheist Ireland, Irish Ahmadiyya Muslims and Evangelical Alliance of Ireland today jointly called for end to religious discrimination in Irish second level schools. The call was made at the launch of a major new Atheist Ireland report on how the State Religious Education course breaches human […]

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Major new report on religious discrimination in State Religious Education course

July 19, 2016

Atheist Ireland today launched a major report on how the State Religious 
Education course at second level breaches human
 and Constitutional rights. It is one of our most comprehensive projects to date. You can download the full report as a (large 92-page) PDF file here. Summary In recent months, Atheist Ireland has researched hundreds of documents obtained under […]

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Boris the cat, Ollie Byrne, the IRA man and the Catholic creationist

July 14, 2016

I went to Tolka Park yesterday to watch Leeds play Shelbourne, and I was sad to see how much the ground has declined. The club clearly has no money for proper maintenance, and the seats at the Ballybough end of the ground, and at either side of the Riverside Stand, are all either removed or […]

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Atheist Ireland supports campaign for UK Government to investigate Sharia bodies

July 4, 2016

Atheist Ireland is among many women’s rights organisations and campaigners from Britain and internationally who have today submitted a letter to the United Kingdom Home Secretary raising serious concerns about the UK Government’s ‘independent review’ into Sharia courts in Britain. The letter states that the limited scope of inquiry and its inappropriate theological approach will do nothing to address […]

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Atheist Ireland and Atheist Northern Ireland at Belfast pro-choice march

July 3, 2016

Atheist Ireland and Atheist Northern Ireland both took part in today’s pro-choice march in Belfast. Despite the omnipresent Belfast rain, it was a great day which is one more step towards the eventual legalisation of abortion in both Ireland and Northern Ireland. Keep up the pressure!

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67 Reasons why condoms spread AIDS

July 1, 2016

Operation house-clean has uncovered another gem – a bizarre political lobbying booklet from 1991 titled 67 Reasons why Condoms Spread AIDS. My late wife Anne then worked in the Dail, and she rememberers batches of them being delivered to every TD and Senator. It was an expensively produced booklet published by a group called the […]

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