Jane Donnelly of Atheist Ireland was given the Atheist and Feminist of the Year award at the 2019 International Days of Atheism conference in Warsaw, Poland, this weekend. Armin Navabi, founder of Atheist Republic, was named individual Atheist of the Year, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation in USA got the group award.

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Speech in Poland – Review of the Campaign Against the Irish Blasphemy Law

March 29, 2019

I gave this speech today, Friday 29 March 2019, at the Days of Atheism Conference in Warsaw, Poland. When Atheist Ireland was founded ten years ago, our first task was simply to normalise the use of the words atheism and secularism in public debate. We have come a long way since then. The Catholic Church […]

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How State Schools Break The Rules – New Report from Atheist ireland​

March 10, 2019

Atheist Ireland has published a major new report titled How State Schools Break The Rules. It explains how the Department of Education, the ETBs, and the NCCA are breaching Constitutional and Human Rights and the IHREC Act in Religious Education in ETB schools. We will be using this report as the basis of our political lobbying […]

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Blasphemy Repeal Bill 2019 forwarded to Attorney General for formal drafting

February 20, 2019

The Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, has advised Atheist Ireland that the Bill designed to give legal effect to the outcome of last year’s blasphemy referendum has been forwarded from the Department of Justice to the Office of the Attorney General for formal Drafting. It is called the Repeal of Offence of Publication or Utterance […]

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Why I object to schools teaching children the morality of Jesus

February 1, 2019

I was asked today on Twitter why I would object to schools teaching children the morality of Jesus. Putting aside the question of whether Jesus existed, here are some examples of bad moral guidance given by the Jesus portrayed in the Christian Bible.

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The ‘Catholic students bullying Native American’ stories are false, unjust, and irresponsible

January 21, 2019

The media stories about Catholic students bullying a Native American drummer at the Lincoln Memorial last week are false, unjust, and irresponsible. Longer video evidence shows that the bigotry on the day came from a group of Children of Israel street preachers. In this article, I analyse that video evidence. These street preachers spent an […]

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The Case for Lawful Assisted Dying

November 25, 2018

I had a very constructive discussion on Newstalk today about assisted dying, with Tom Curran, Gina Menzies, and Between the Lines host Andrea Gilligan

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Kate Smurthwaite’s Clit Stirrer show is a roller coaster of darkness and laughs

November 18, 2018

I went to see Kate Smurthwaite’s solo show Clit Stirrer at the Workman’s Club in Dublin last night, introduced by Margo Carr. The show is a roller-coaster of darkness and laughs, mixing intelligent political commentary with creative puns, and reminding us which is more important. Kate starts by sharing a disturbing true story that makes […]

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Atheist Ireland launches ‘One Oath For All’ campaign

November 11, 2018

Atheist Ireland is today launching our ‘One Oath For All’ campaign, to enable conscientious atheists to hold the office of President, Judge, Taoiseach, or other members of the Council of State. Today Michael D Higgins will begin his second term as President, after fourteen elections or uncontested nominations since 1938, all of which have excluded […]

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The Austrian Muhammad paedophile case judgment is both dangerous and widely misunderstood

November 3, 2018

The case in which a woman was convicted in Austria for describing Muhammad as a paedophile, and in which the European Court of Human Rights did not overrule the judgment of the Austrian Courts, is both dangerous for human rights and widely misunderstood by many critics. It is ironic that the judgment of the European […]

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