Following my post from two days ago, here are the 2010 numbers on what self-reporting Catholics in Ireland believe.
For the purposes of clarification, this does indeed indicate that one in ten Irish Catholics are atheist.
“They used to publish those figures every year but stopped a while ago. If I were super-cynical, I might wonder if they stopped because the survey results were becoming increasingly embarrassing.”
Numbers like this are part of the reason for the Atheist Ireland campaign to get the census office to reword their religion question.
The Eighth Amendment is to be removed from the Irish constitution.
For the first time in Irish history, women are equal citizens under the law.
The Eighth Amendment to the Irish constitution was designed to stop abortions, and was passed into law with the heavy influence of the Catholic Church.
There is the real possibility that it hasn’t prevented a single abortion. Thousands of women travel to England each year for abortions they need, and unknown numbers of women import abortion pills, which they are forced to take without medical supervision.
It’s time to deal with our own women’s healthcare issues and quit expecting the wonderful people of the NHS to do it for us.
Vote “Yes” on the 25th of May.
On May 25, Ireland will hold a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of our constitution, which effectively criminalised abortion in nearly all cases. This is a photo of me advocating a “Yes” vote that Tipperary Together For Yes have used in their campaign.
If you would like to learn more about how you can help create a more compassionate Ireland, have a look at Together For Yes, the umbrella organisation which includes Atheist Ireland among many others.
If you’re wondering what the hell this has to do with atheism, feel free to read this article I wrote for Areo Magazine explaining the relationship between the Catholic Church and our ostensibly secular government on this particular issue.
There will be a referendum in Ireland to repeal the Eighth Amendment (which would effectively decriminalise abortion) on Friday, May 25th.
This blog supports a vote to repeal, for reasons which are outlined in some detail here.
I understand women’s rights may not be directly related to atheism, so I’m going a bit off the reservation here, but you can expect more pro-choice stuff until we get the Eighth Amendment removed.
Hopefully, after May 25, I’ll never have to post about it again.
Together for Yes is the National Civil Society Campaign to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution. Together we are campaigning for a more compassionate Ireland that allows abortion care for women who need it.
This is a photo of a meeting the Tipperary (where I live in Ireland) branch had two hours ago. Myself and my wife are in the middle ish.
If you’d like to help out, you can donate any amount here.
I understand women’s rights may not be directly related to atheism, so I’m going a bit off the reservation here, but you can expect more pro-choice stuff until we get the Eighth Amendment removed. If it’s any consolation, I am looking forward to the day when I never have to mention any of this again.
There will be a normal post tomorrow.
Asking Muslims to reform Islam, or expecting Muslims to pay any attention to what Westerners think of their beliefs might seem like a tall order, but we had something encouraging happen a few weeks ago in Ireland.
A few weeks ago, an Islamic cleric in Ireland made a statement essentially recommending FGM for Muslim girls.
There was an uproar.
He retracted his statement and the official Muslim position on FGM in Ireland now calls on Muslims to stop the practice and report anyone who has performed FGM to the police.
If we’re going to trash Muslims for having stupid beliefs, as I have on many occasions, I think we should probably point out when they get it right.
Religious people all over Ireland are starting to understand that being religious makes you sound stupid and hypocritical.
Conservative Catholics all over Ireland are starting to understand that the history of the Catholic Church in Ireland is nothing to be proud about.
Women in Ireland have been fighting for the right to abortion access since 1983. It is indeed bolloxology.
Here is a quick primer on what happened in 1983 and here’s a quick overview of how we got here.