“In God we trust” Is being promoted or forced onto public school walls.
8 states are supporting the marginalization of non-theist, polytheist, and monotheists who believe in a goddess rather than a god.
“These godly postings exclude andalienate the one-in-five students in our public schools who do not believe in god. And they’re meant to.These laws are not about patriotism, they’re about turning believers into insiders, and nonbelievers into outsiders.There’s nothing patriotic in undermining our nation’s secular Constitution.”
Last April, I posted about how Israeli authorities have refused to display adverts informing female airline passengers they are not obliged to change seats at the request of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who do not want to sit next to them, and how if formed part of a pattern of religious discrimination.
In Ireland, the Catholic Church controls 96% of the primary schools. They claim, as they must by law, that they show no favouritism in admissions, however they are entitled under the same law to prioritise families which share their “ethos” when dealing with over-subscriptions.
If you’re wondering why this is a problem, please refer to the first sentence of this post.
Inevitably, schools have been accused of under-resourcing their needs, and many non-religious parents have baptised their children just to make sure those kids can get into a school four years later. This has the effect of wildly exaggerating the number of “real” Catholics in the country, with knock-on effects for any public policy using those figures.
Their argument is that other religions will not be subject to this secularisation, which is a fair point, but to see why it’s perhaps not as immediately relevant as they might think, I would again refer you to the first sentence of this post. The idea that the Catholic groups are suddenly interested in making sure all religions have the same rights and responsibilities, privileges and duties is ludicrous for obvious reasons.
You should have the right to adopt any religion you like, and teach your children about it any way you want, but keep it out of state-funded schools (and all other public institutions).
Atheist Ireland has been running a campaign for some time to make this happen. Help them out if you want to.
If women were killing their own children, that would indeed be a problem. The good news is that women who kill their own children suffer similar social and legal consequences as men who kill their own children.
However, an abortion is not a woman killing her child. It’s a woman terminating her pregnancy. Unless you’re confused and you can’t tell the difference between pregnancy and parenthood, you should understand that a woman’s medical decisions are nothing to do with you.
Anti-abortion groups in the Western world are predominantly composed of Christians who wish their religious opinions to be imposed on everyone else. Regardless of how you feel about abortion, a separation of church and state is good for everyone.