Catholic School existsIf you are still wondering about the grip that the Catholic Church has on Irish schools, here are some sample quotes from Catholic educators in their submissions to the NCCA report on the proposed new course on Education about Religion and Beliefs. You can read all of the submissions here.

Please also read Atheist Ireland’s initial response to the report itself:
NCCA report confirms that ERB and Ethics course will not meet human rights standards

The following sample quotes are from:

  • Commission for Education and Formation of the Irish Episcopal Conference
  • Catholic Primary Schools Management Association
  • Community National Schools Management Group
  • Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan of Waterford
  • Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare
  • Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre
  • Education Secretariat, Dublin Diocese
  • Education Secretariat, Cashel, Emily and Kerry Dioceses
  • Board of Management, Callystown National School, Armagh
  • Board of Management, Patrician Primary School, Newbridge, Kildare
  • Principals of the schools in the Catholic Parish of Clonbologue, Offaly

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NCCA-Consultation-860x450_cThe National Council of Curriculum and Assessment has published its long-awaited report regarding the proposed course on Education about Religions, Beliefs and Ethics.

The Report vindicates the analysis of Atheist Ireland that any new course on ERB and ethics cannot be implemented in accordance with the Constitution and Human Rights law.

It is clear that the legislation underpinning our education system is undermining the rights of parents and their children to a human rights based education.

It is clear From the NCCA Report that any new course in ERB and ethics will not be introduced in accordance with the Recommendation from the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism.

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Does God exist? I will be debating William Lane Craig on Tuesday 21st March in University College Cork.

Nugent Craig Debate

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Jane at OSCEAtheist Ireland has sent the following letter to the Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission, asking it to investigate human rights breaches in Community National Schools.

RE: ETB / Community National Schools / Section 42 (1) IHREC Act 2014

Dear Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission,

We are writing to inform you that the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, the Education & Training Boards/Community National Schools (ETB/CNS) and the NCCA are disregarding their public sector duty to protect the human rights of the persons to whom they provide services.

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How will President Trump’s unjust travel ban protect America from these good people?

January 30, 2017

President Trump has suspended entry into the USA by people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. He says he is doing this to protect America from radical Islamic terrorists. That is an important duty. But we cannot treat entire populations as terrorists, adding insult to the injuries of many victims of human […]

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Template to help you make a short submission to Minister for Education’s consultation process

January 29, 2017

The Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, has formally launched his four-week consultation process on his plans to address the role of religion in school admissions. Please make a submission, however futile you may feel it to be. Atheist Ireland has prepared the template below for you to use if you want to make a short […]

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The schools baptism rule – Today FM talks to me and Education Minister Richard Bruton

January 17, 2017

Matt Cooper of Today FM talked yesterday to me and Education Minister Richard Bruton, about plans to change the baptism rule in Irish schools. My interview is above, Minister Bruton’s is below.

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Education Minister’s plan to change Baptism rule, but strengthen school ethos, will strengthen religious discrimination

January 16, 2017

The Minister for Education has today announced deeply flawed proposals to amend the Baptism rule for access to State-funded schools, but without changing the law on school ethos. What seems to be the best of the four options in the plan, removing the baptism rule completely, is actually the worst, as the Minister says that “Under […]

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Religious discrimination in schools – Voice of Islam Radio talks to me and Imam Ibrahim Noonan

January 12, 2017

Voice of Islam Radio talked yesterday to me and Imam Ibrahim Noonan of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Ireland, about our joint campaign along with Evangelical Alliance Ireland to end religious discrimination in Irish schools. My interview is above, Ibrahim’s is below.

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Why a secular State is best for religious and atheist citizens

January 10, 2017

I’ve written an opinion piece in today’s Irish Times in which I argue that reason and science are the most reliable ways to understand reality, that political secularism is a force for good in three ways, and that the happiest states with the best social outcomes are secular liberal democracies. You can read it here […]

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