This is my talk to the IBKA International Atheist Conference in Cologne, Germany, last Sunday, the day after the Irish marriage equality referendum win was announced.
While I would have preferred to be in Ireland for the celebrations, it was invigorating to see the impact of the result on an international audience who had mostly seen Ireland as a purely Catholic country.
The result vindicates the argument that Atheist Ireland has made for years: that Ireland is no longer a Catholic country, but a pluralist country with Catholic laws, and that our task now is to get the politicians to catch up with the people.
Extract: Lessons from the marriage equality referendum
Full talk: five steps to peaceful secularism
The five steps that I propose we follow for peaceful secularism are:
1. Stand up to violence
2. Seek respectful dialogue
3. Start with human rights
4. Be proactive in politics
5. Establish secular schools