Atheist Ireland launches new book for children at AGM

by Michael Nugent on November 18, 2017

Odd About Gods Cover copyAtheist Ireland is today launching an illustrated book for children about freedom of religion and belief.

It will be launched at 3pm in the Harbour Hotel, Galway, after our AGM this morning in the same venue.

The book is titled ‘Is My Family Odd About Gods?’

It does not ask children to believe that atheism is true. It describes how we can best know what is true, and the difference between reason and faith.

It encourages children to find out more about religious and nonreligious beliefs, and make up their own mind based on what they discover.

We will be promoting the book to schools, and to parents who want their child to grow up with an open mind.

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Census Religion Graphic 2Atheist Ireland has proposed changes to the religion question in the Irish census in 2021. We will be taking part in discussions about this on a subgroup of the census advisory group. Our proposals are that the question should be optional, should ask whether people practice a religion, should not prejudice the answer with preprinted options, and should ask how often people practice a religion if they do so. We also raised concerns about the question on ethnic and cultural background.

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RichardBruton Atheist Ireland has written to the Minister for Education seeking an input into the new guidelines that he has committed to issuing for children opting out of religion classes in State-run ETB schools.

The Minister was responding to questions by RTE’s Emma O’Kelly about documents that Atheist Ireland obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

These documents highlight the nod-and-wink approach to the religious ethos of ETB schools, and the resulting obstacles to opting out of religion classes in those schools.

Depending on who you ask, you will be told that the ethos of these State-run schools is Catholic, Christian, inter-denominational, multi-denominational, non-denominational, or a mixture of two or more of these at the same time.

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Screen Shot 2017-04-06 at 12.22.22Atheist Ireland welcomes today’s census report on religion published by the Central Statistics Office. We are increasingly optimistic that a secular Ireland is inevitable, free of religious privilege and religious discrimination against any citizens.

The census results on religion broke a significant barrier – more Irish people now have no religion (468,400) than members of all minority religions combined (439,000). That should encourage more atheists to stand up for our rights, particularly in the education system, and to support equal treatment for everyone, regardless of religious or nonreligious beliefs.

Another 125,300 people declined to answer the religion question. Some of the ‘not stated’ may be religious, but certainly not all of them. So the actual figure for No Religion, whatever it is, is over 10%. Also, in Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire and Galway, more than one in three of the population is non-Catholic.

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