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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From Belgium to Saudi Arabia, IHEU ranks the best and worst countries in which to be an atheist

October 29, 2018

The IHEU Freedom of Thought Report 2018 ranks the best and worst countries in the world to be an atheist, based on restrictions or discrimination in four areas: constitution and government; education and children’s rights; family, community and society; and freedom of expression. The IHEU is the International Humanist and Ethical Union. Atheist Ireland is […]

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The moment that Ireland removed the crime of blasphemy from our constitution

October 28, 2018

11:03 pm, Saturday 27th October 2018

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Atheist Ireland welcomes removal of medieval crime of blasphemy

October 28, 2018

The people of Ireland have finally removed the medieval crime of blasphemy from our constitution, after a decade of campaigning by Atheist Ireland to have this referendum held. We will now continue to lobby for other secular changes, including ending the religious oath for President and the control that the Catholic Church still has over […]

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Atheist Ireland welcomes positive exit poll figures on blasphemy referendum

October 26, 2018

Exit polls suggest that today’s Yes vote might be between 69% (Irish Times exit poll) and 71% (RTE exit poll). We must remember that these are only exit polls, and not the official result of the vote, which we will not know until tomorrow or Sunday. Whatever the actual result, Atheist Ireland would like to […]

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Ronan Mullen voted against the blasphemy law in 2009, despite now denying that he did so

October 19, 2018

Senator Ronan Mullen voted against the Irish blasphemy law in 2009, despite denying that he did so on Prime Time yesterday. He opposed the blasphemy law because it did not explicitly allow religious people to blaspheme against matters held sacred by other religions. He added: ‘I say this as someone who worked for five and […]

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How the Islamic States at the United Nations use the Irish blasphemy law to justify their own laws

October 19, 2018

One of the arguments that Atheist Ireland has made, in support of removing the Irish blasphemy law, is that repressive regimes have used our law to politically justify their use of blasphemy laws, and to attempt to spread blasphemy laws around the world. Here is the most significant example of this in action, in which […]

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Atheist Ireland welcomes unopposed Blasphemy Referendum vote in Dail

September 18, 2018

Atheist Ireland welcomes today’s unopposed vote in the Oireachtas to hold a referendum on 26th October to remove the offence of blasphemy from the Irish Constitution. We have been campaigning for a decade to get this referendum called, and we will campaign for the next six weeks for a Yes vote. We support the right […]

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Vote on 26th October to remove the Irish blasphemy law

September 18, 2018

The Irish Constitution, written in 1937, makes blasphemy an offence punishable by law. There will be a referendum on 26 October (along with the Presidential election) in which we can vote to remove this anachronistic offence. Atheist Ireland supports the right to freedom of religion or belief, the right to freedom of speech, and the […]

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