Category: separation of church and state

My biggest problem on this blog is when my exc…

My biggest problem on this blog is when my excoriations of Islam get picked up and signal-boosted by Christians who don’t seem to understand that my criticisms also broadly apply to Christianity. 

The only legal situation fair to all religions is the total separation of church and state. 

“[Greek Prime Minister Alexis] Tsipras recentl…

“[Greek Prime Minister Alexis] Tsipras recently announced a series of proposals to amend the Greek constitution… [including] the formal separation of church and state.”

We should thank our Muslim immigrants for helping the established European Christian churches understand the importance of the separation of church and state.

The only way to make sure religions coexist is…

The only way to make sure religions coexist is to support the total separation of church and state. 

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Florida, Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Virginia, Pennsylvania

“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 and alienate 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.

-Freedom From Religion Foundation

Please speak out about this!

You have a voice, USE IT.

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This should give Christians a frame of referen…

This should give Christians a frame of reference for how atheists feel.

Last April, I posted about how Israeli authori…

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. 

Recently, El Al promised it would comply with a court order and no longer promote religious discrimination by asking women to move seats for no good reason.

Some good news for a change.

Last year, an 82-year-old Holocaust survivor w…

Last year, an 82-year-old Holocaust survivor was asked by El Al cabin crew to move after a strictly Orthodox Jewish male passenger refused to be seated next to her on one of the company’s flights.

This week, 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.

If Israel wants to promote the view that they are the only functional democracy in the Middle East, this is not the way to do it.

What is it about religion that leads so many of their followers to hate women?  

As there is no way to verify any religious cla…

As there is no way to verify any religious claims, people of all religions, and none, are better off under a government which respects the separation of church and state. 

Do whatever you like as long as it doesn’t get in my way.

In Ireland, the Catholic Church controls 96% o…

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. 

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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. 

Last year, 

Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced that he planned to end what has become known as the “baptism barrier”. At the time, the church reacted with “a shrug”, but this week, they are threatening “a series of legal challenges from parents and religious bodies”. 

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…

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.