Yesterday Dave McGinn published the following tweet:

Dave ET Tweet
The linked text reads:

I was at the opening ceremony of an Educate Together school a couple of years ago and it was about the most religious ceremony I’ve ever attended. There were local representatives present from at least seven different religions, each of whom got to address the crowd. A pastor from a local African evangelical church even got the entire crowd to stand and partake in a prayer which he led. Even the principal celebrated in his speech the amount and diversity of religion in this school, as though he saw it as the most important feature of the school.

Dave’s tweet sparked the following discussion between me and Educate Together chairperson Diarmaid MacAonghusa, which I thought it would be useful to record together in one place.

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Boris takes the Mice Bucket Challenge

by Michael Nugent on September 1, 2014

Nina the cat, who owns Ashling O’Brien, has nominated Boris to take the Mice Bucket Challenge, which involves tipping a bucket of toy mice over Boris and donating to an animal charity. Like Ashling, I’m donating to the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which you can do here. Boris has nominated Natalia’s two cats, who I think are arriving on Thursday, and any other cats who want to take the Mice Bucket Challenge.

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Finding solace in a secular world – my discussion on RTE Radio with Sean O’Rourke, Bishop Pat Storey and Fr Harry Bohan.

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Why I am openly atheist and secular

by Michael Nugent on August 26, 2014

This is my contribution to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Out Channel on Youtube. It was recorded in May when I was speaking at a Freedom From Religion Foundation conference in North Carolina.

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How Irish law effectively prohibits non-denominational secular schools based on human rights

August 9, 2014

This is an analysis by Atheist Ireland of how Irish law effectively prohibits non-denominational secular schools based on human rights, despite the Irish Government telling the UN Human Rights Committee last month that there are no obstacles to establishing such schools in Ireland. The Government did outline two requirements to the UN, that the Government […]

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The Toledo Guiding Principles on Teaching About Religion and Beliefs in Public Schools

August 8, 2014

In 2007 the OSCE published the Toledo Guiding Principles on Teaching About Religion and Beliefs in Public Schools. The principles were prepared by an advisory council of experts on freedom of religion and belief. These Principles focus solely on the educational approach that seeks to provide teaching about different religions and beliefs, as distinct from […]

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The demonising of Richard Dawkins, and the normalising of casual defamatory smears

August 7, 2014

I nearly didn’t publish this, after reading several smears against me personally online, because I had defended Richard Dawkins against the increasingly normalised pattern of misrepresenting him and smearing a defamatory caricature of who he is. A close friend (a woman who, like me, has spent decades actively campaigning for women’s rights and for victims […]

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Pictures of Atheist Ireland briefing the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva

August 4, 2014

Here are some pictures of Atheist Ireland and Alison Mawhinny, along with other Irish NGOs, briefing the UN Human Rights Committee at the formal and informal sessions in Geneva. Alison is an independent academic who worked with Atheist Ireland on Freedom of Religion issues. The pictures are from the Centre for Civil and Political Rights […]

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Reductio Ad Absurdum (a Twitter exchange)

August 4, 2014

I’ve just had this Twitter conversation with @Adam4004 about Reductio Ad Absurdum: Michael: Children have a human right to a neutral studying environment, even in denominational schools http://bit.ly/1pynTek Evert Bopp: That’s not a human right. What’s next, a “human right” to clean socks? Michael: There is no human right to clean socks, but there is […]

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Educate Together is undermining the duty of the Irish State to provide non-denominational schools

August 3, 2014

Educate Together has made two statements recently that undermine the duty of the Irish Government to provide secular education though new non-denominational schools, as required by the UN Human Rights Committee. Educate Together is doing this by blurring the distinction between multi-denominational schools (which Educate Together schools are) and non-denominational schools (which the UN Human […]

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