My talk at the Irish Skeptics tomorrow, and my debate at UCD Islamic Society on Thursday

I will be speaking at two events over the next two days.

I will be talking at the Irish Skeptics’ first public lecture of 2015 on Wednesday, on the topic ‘Tough on ideas, supportive of people – How atheist and skeptic groups can be robust, inclusive and ethical’.

Date and Time: Wednesday, 4 March at 8 pm
Venue: Abbey Room, Wynn’s Hotel, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1
Admission: €3 members and concessions €6 non-members

I will be debating at the UCD Islamic Society on Thursday, with Abdullah Al Andalusi, on the topic of ‘Freedom of speech or right to insult’.

Date and Time: Thursday, 5 March at 6.30 pm
Venue: Theatre O, Newman building, University College Dublin

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  1. I second Rik’s interest. I think this will be interesting. Censorship vs the sometimes obnoxious consequences of free speech.

  2. If you draw a picture of Muhammad risking his life to save kittens from a house-fire, that now qualifies as ‘hate speech.’

    Do we have the right to watch re-runs of Dave Allen?

    Or are jokes now banned by the thought-police?

  3. Remember it is Pakistan which can give you a 3 year jail sentence for calling yourself a Muslim if the government decides you are not a Muslim.

    Ahmadiyya Muslims are persecuted by Muslims in many countries. For example, they are not allowed to visit Mecca.

    Why should one set of Muslims get to say they are offended by something, when they themselves deny the right of other Muslims even to call themselves Muslims?

    It is a common theme in religious circles that the nasty things that some religious people do are because some people use religion for political purposes.

    Well, don’t let them use religion for political purposes.

    There is nothing more political than passing laws. If we want to stop religion being used for political purposes, fight blasphemy laws as they are a main weapon in using religion for politicial purposes.

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