Why the classic Leeds United line-up is a myth

Paul Madeley, the forgotten hero of the classic Leeds United line-up

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the only time that the classic Leeds United line-up ever played together. It was in an FA Cup tie against Mansfield Town on 7 February 1970. Though I was not there, I am delighted to own a match programme from the historic game.

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Casimir Liszinski, executed for atheism

The Casimir Liszinski Foundation re-enacts his execution in Warsaw

I became fascinated by Casimir Liszinski, the 17th-century Polish philosopher who was executed for atheism in 1689, after I attended several of the annual commemorations of his death in Warsaw. This is an overview of his life and death, and the Enlightenment era during which he lived.

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Ireland no longer has a blasphemy law

We start the new decade with the good news that Ireland no longer has the medieval crime of blasphemy in our laws. Over the Christmas period, President Michael D Higgins signed the Blasphemy (Abolition of Offences and Related Matters) Bill 2019, and it has accordingly become law.

Atheist Ireland thanks the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, for bringing the Referendum Bill to remove the offence from the Constitution in 2018, and now this Bill to remove the offence from our statute books.

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Veganism is protected by the European Convention on Human Rights

Veganism is a philosophical conviction protected by the European Convention on Human Rights, under Article 9 of the Convention, which protects freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

This was decided in 1993 by the European Commission of Human Rights, which used to be the first stage in taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights.

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The European Convention on Human Rights protects nonreligious beliefs

The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, which is protected under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, also protects atheists and nonreligious philosophical convictions such as secularism.

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