Secular Sunday #141 - Revolution of Inclusivity || 7 September, 2014
Secular Sunday - Atheist Ireland's weekly newsletter
Derek Walsh
A relatively early edition this week, but still packed with all the news and views you've come to expect. I've managed to find some excellent blog posts this week and there are quite a few events coming up in the next few weeks, all detailed below in the usual places.

- Derek Walsh, Editor



Inclusive Schools

Atheist Ireland welcomes calls by Dr. Ali Selim for “a revolution of inclusivity” in Irish schools, and invites the two publicly funded National schools under the patronage of the Islamic Foundation of Ireland to lead the way by including the children of atheists and secularists in their schools. Read more.


Secular Solace

Michael Nugent was recently a guest on RTÉ Radio 1's Today with Sean O'Rourke discussing "Finding solace in a secular world". You can listen to the programme here.



Upcoming Events

All events are free and open to everyone unless otherwise stated. Listing is not necessarily an endorsement. Listings sorted alphabetically by county, then chronologically.


Sunday 14 September, 1:00 pm, Lewis Glucksmann Cafe, University College Cork, Western Road, Cork (map)
Secular Sunday Brunch. A family friendly event and a great way to meet like-minded people in your area. Meetup event page.


Sunday 28 September, 12:00 noon, Mount Errigal Hotel, Ballyraine, Letterkenny (map)
Secular Sunday Brunch. A family-friendly event and a great way to meet like-minded people in your area. Meetup event page.


Thursday 11 September, The Workman's Club, Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 (map)
Dublin Atheists in the Pub. This month's speaker is Daniel Agorander, a Swedish ex-Mormon, who'll be talking about growing up as a Mormon in a largely atheist country, the current progressive tendencies in the Mormon Church, and why atheists should care. Facebook event page

Saturday 13 September, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin 2 (map)
TEDxDublin. A day of short talks on interesting subjects. Tickets from €25, now sold out.

Sunday 14 September, 12:00 noon, Trinity City Hotel, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 (map)
Secular Sunday Brunch. A family-friendly event and a great way to meet like-minded people in your area. Meetup event page.


Sunday 28 September, 12:00 noon, Oslo Bar, Upper Salthil, Galway (map)
Secular Sunday Brunch. A family-friendly event and a great way to meet like-minded people in your area. Meetup event page.


Sunday 14 September, 12:00 noon, Fels Point Hotel, Dan Spring Road, Tralee (map)
Secular Sunday Brunch. A family-friendly event and a great way to meet like-minded people in your area. Meetup event page.


Sunday 14 September, 12:00 noon, A Casa Mia, Tobergal Lane, Sligo (map)
Secular Sunday Brunch. A family-friendly event and a great way to meet like-minded people in your area. Meetup event page



8 September

International Literacy Day

10 September

World Suicide Prevention Day



This Week in History

Anniversaries of momentous events in atheism, science, skepticism, secularism and human rights, plundered shamelessly from Wikipedia and other sources.

7 September

1936: The last surviving member of the thylacine species, Benjamin, dies alone in its cage at the Hobart Zoo in Tasmania.

9 September

1947: First case of a computer bug being found: a moth lodges in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University.

11 September

2001: Two hijacked aircraft crash into the World Trade Center in New York City, while a third smashes into The Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, and a fourth into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in a series of coordinated suicide attacks by 19 members of al-Qaeda. Altogether, 2,996 people are killed.



7 September

1934: Joseph Edamaruku (d. 2006). Indian journalist, author, leader in the rationalist movement, and winner of the International Atheist Award in 1979. Father of Sanal Edamaruku.

Stephen Jay Gould by Kathy Chapman.png10 September

1941: Stephen Jay Gould (d. 2002). American paleontologist,  evolutionary biologist and historian of science. He was also one of the most influential and widely read writers of popular science of his generation.


Material collected from the Irish atheist blogosphere and beyond; used without permission, compensation, liability, guarantee or implied endorsement.

Girl Not Against Fluoride

by Jennifer Keane

Jen KeaneThe CDC (Centre for Disease Control) lists water fluoridation as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th Century. Today, Dublin City Council will vote on whether to remove fluoride from our water supply, and when they do, it will not be because the CDC or the WHO have changed their mind about fluoridation, or because new and compelling information makes it the only choice. It will be because people who believe in angel healing, homeopathy, and chemtrails, have somehow gained the ability to influence public policy.
It never ceases to amaze me that, in matter of public health, the debate is more often informed by people who believe everything they read on the internet. Celebrities with a cause-du-jour and an audience are given more time and attention than scientists, doctors, or even just people who understand basic chemistry, and realise that not all scientific papers were created equal. It leads to invented medical scandals (such as the disproven MMR autism link), and poor decisions (such as the one the council may make tonight), and it’s really past time that it stopped. Read more

Dr Ali Selim - Voice of Irish Muslims

by Geoff Lillis

Geoff LillisThe hard right of authoritarian Islam and the hard right of anti Muslim bigotry are unnatural bedfellows, yet are as one in their desire to paint Islam as monolithic. These two heads of the same monster are conjoined in a delusion that Islam's 1.6 billion adherents throughout all cultures and societies have no diversity of thought, opinion, or desire. It is a monster that attacks those considered Muslim. It is the same monster that attacks those considered not Muslim enough.
It is for this reason that I do not welcome Dr Ali Selim's recent contribution to the debate on Irish schooling, where he obliquely claims that diversity in Irish society can be enhanced if diversity within Irish Muslim society is eradicated. Read more

Bishop of Galway Still Hung Up on The Gay

by Bock the Robber

Bock the RobberArchbishop Martin Drennan, Archbishop of Galway, has spoken outagainst a grant by the St Vincent de Paul Society to an LGBT centre in Galway.
Apparently, he objects to the grant on what he calls “moral grounds”.
Now, given Martin Drennan’s history, you might have thought that he’d be keeping his head down, but not a bit of it.
Just to refresh your memory, Martin was one of the auxiliary bishops in Dublin who failed abjectly to deal with clerical sexual abuse and who refused to resign when asked to do so.  He clung to his opposition like a limpet, much to the disgust of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and now here he is again, obsessed with people’s nether regions. Read more

We must repeal the 8th Amendment to respect the human rights of pregnant women

by Michael Nugent

Michael NugentThere are many reasons to repeal the so-called ‘Pro-Life’ Amendment to the Irish Constitution. One of the most important reasons is respecting the human rights of pregnant women under international human rights law.
This is a video of the United Nations Human Rights Committee questioning Ireland in Geneva in July about its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The Human Rights Committee asked Ireland why it was in breach of the human right of pregnant women to an abortion in wider circumstances than allowed by Irish law. Read more

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