and respecting a diversity of ideas is the only way
to stay relevant, balanced, tolerant and representative.
Atheist Ireland is developing a comprehensive campaign to separate church and state in Ireland. Regular followers will know that many public institutions in Ireland are either secretly or openly managed by the Catholic Church, most especially those involved with health and education.
If you live in Ireland and you think this is a terrible way to run your country, then consider signing up.
DISCLAIMER: As a result of some surprising unpleasantness I encountered after on a fairly large national Twitter account, I recently became much more active with Atheist Ireland. You’ll probably be seeing a few more Ireland-specific posts (although to be honest, the is doing most of the on ).
People have been discussing these issues and fighting for the separation of church and state for a long time.
Atheism is the lack of belief in a god.
Atheism Cartoons Challenge: If you believe in a god, please reblog this post with your best single reason of why anyone else should believe, and I’ll explain why you’re wrong (probably on one of my other blogs).
Reblogs which ignore the fairly simple conditions, emphasised in italics above, will be themselves ignored.
These books are not written to challenge atheists in any way. These books are written for, and aimed at, Christians who enjoy having their biases confirmed. They are full of the sort of argument that could only be convincing if you’ve already accepted the conclusion.
Even if that were not true, the writers either completely misunderstand atheism, or they intentionally misrepresent atheism to make some stupid point that doesn’t work.
Even if that were not true, the only real way to challenge an atheist is to provide some proof of the existence of your god. And we’re all still waiting for that to happen.
This also works for agnostics.
Most Irish people were aghast this week at reports that ownership of the new badly-needed National Maternity Hospital, funded
€300m of taxpayer’s money, would be handed over to the Sisters of Charity.
The first issue is that this same religious order still owes millions in settlements they agreed to pay after the 2009 Ryan Report into child abuse at institutions they owned and managed. It also owns property which is to be transferred to state ownership as part of that deal.
The second issue is that, despite assurances to the contrary, the Sisters of Charity are bound by Canon Law (internal Vatican rules), and the Catholic Church believes that any hospital they own will “operate by Catholic rules”. At the risk of stating the obvious, some of the most basic aspects of women’s health are unambiguously banned by the Catholic Church.
The response of the St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group (a shell organisation controlled by the nuns) was a passive-aggressive taking-our-ball-home statement.
The response of the Minister for Health was to call for “cool heads”.
Most extremist religious positions are self-defeating. Once you’ve signed on to a delusion (i.e. committed to stop thinking), circular logic looks like a water-tight argument.
I often get messages telling me, as if I didn’t know, about the religious convictions of several very intelligent people, prominent scientists, etc.
Jesus was clearly an uneducated hick. Does that mean anything?
Being religious is a greater indicator of criminality than being atheist.
Not that it should mean anything, but if you’re religious and you feel like bringing up any connection between religious belief and moral behaviour, you will be trashed.