Secular Sunday #151 - A Matter of Opinion || 16 November, 2014
Secular Sunday - Atheist Ireland's weekly newsletter
Derek Walsh
You'll notice there's no Opinion section this week. It seems no Irish-based bloggers I'm aware of have written anything relevant enough for me to include here. That happens occasionally. If you blog or know of any bloggers who write on anything vaguely related to atheism, let me know and I'll add you or them to my checklist. There's no reward other than the possibility of getting a few extra readers.
The rest of the usual stuff can be found below.

- Derek Walsh, Editor



Children's Rights

On Thursday, Michael Nugent represented Atheist Ireland at a consultation meeting of the Irish Children’s Rights Alliance, to kick-start the process of briefing the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child before it questions Ireland about its obligations under the most widely accepted UN human rights treaty.
The UN Covenant on the Rights of the Child covers child protection, migrants and youth justice; education, culture and play, disability, health and poverty, family and care; and civil rights and freedoms.
Atheist Ireland’s main focus is on the right to secular non-denominational education, without religious discrimination in either access to schools or the school curriculum, and without discrimination against either children or staff. Read more


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.



Saturday 13 December, 7:00 pm, Third Space, Smithfield, Dublin 7 (map)
Atheist Ireland Christmas Party. Meetup event page. Facebook event page


Sunday, 30 November, 1:00 pm, The Cottage Bar, 76 Salthill Road Lower, Galway (map)
Secular Sunday Brunch. A family-friendly social event. Meetup event page


Friday 21 November, 8:00 pm, Aspect Hotel, Kilkenny (map)
Humanist Association of Ireland meeting. Facebook event page


Wednesday 19 November, 8:00 pm, Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry's Mall, Limerick (map)
The Mid West Humanists will meet. (Ask at the hotel reception for a card key to get up the lift to the meeting, which is usually on the third floor.) The Mid West Humanists are now on Facebook and Twitter.


19 November

International Men's Day

20 November

Transgender Day of Remembrance 

Universal Children's Day


This Week in History

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

18 November

1978: In Jonestown, Guyana, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple cult to a mass murder-suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. US Congressman Leo J. Ryan had been murdered by members of the Peoples Temple hours earlier.

20 November

1945: Nuremberg Trials: Trials against 24 Nazi war criminals start at the Palace of Justice at Nuremberg.




18 November

Asa Gray1810: Asa Gray (d. 1888). Considered the most important American botanist of the 19th century, he was instrumental in unifying the taxonomic knowledge of the plants of North America. Although he was a Christian, he was a staunch supporter of Darwin. He arranged the first US Edition of On the Origin of Species and negotiated royalties on Darwin's behalf. and collected together a number of his own writings to produce an influential book, Darwiniana, arguing for a conciliation between Darwinian evolution and the tenets of theism.

21 November

D'après Maurice Quentin de La Tour, Portrait de Voltaire, détail du visage (château de Ferney).jpg1694: Voltaire (d. 1778). French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state. 
"The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason."

22 November

1934: Nicolas Walter (d. 2000): British anarchist and atheist writer, speaker and activist, editor of New Humanist.


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