Just in case anyone was wondering why there’s such a big hoo-ha about abortion in Ireland. It’s mostly due to the hypocrisy, cowardice and inertia of the Irish government in responding to the needs of women.
In 1992, a 14-year-old girl was raped and got pregnant. Her parents asked the Irish police if they could use DNA from the abortion (for which she would have to go to England) to prosecute the rapist, whom they knew.
The Irish government immediately snapped into action and issued a High Court injunction preventing her from leaving the country.
She miscarried before she had a chance to get an abortion, which renders the entire legal machinery around her case “moot”.
A curious mind is fatally toxic to religions.
Keep asking questions.
A Detroit doctor is facing life in prison after being charged with performing female genital mutilation on two young girls. Defence lawyers will argue female genital mutilation is a religious right in the first ever federal case on the practice in the US. The defendants are part of a religious and cultural community called Dawoodi Bohra, an Islamic sect based in India, which is accused of practicing FGM.
Taking a knife to a child’s genitals for non-medical reasons is self-evidently violent child abuse and needs to be cluster-banned immediately.
The people who invented the United States of America wanted a separation of church and state. They were pretty clear about it, on a number of occasions.
Make America Great Again.
Some opinions are better than others. Opinions based on facts and logic are better than opinions based on emotions and faith.
No religious person is going to get this. It’s irrelevant even to most atheists.
Just stick to the simple “I’m an atheist, I don’t believe in God” and fill in the blanks later if you have to, which you almost never will.
There has recently been surrounding the lack of separation of church and state in Ireland, where hypocrisy and inaction are what we have instead of politics and leadership. You will hear lots of this:
- “Didn’t we always do it like this?”
- “Why do you want to make a fuss?”
- “Just keep the head down and everything will be fine.”
- “You can’t just ignore centuries of tradition and culture.”
- “Things will change, but you have to go about it the right way.”
- “Don’t draw attention to yourself. It will reflect badly on you.”
- “This just isn’t the right time.”
- “This is a Catholic country.”
These are all things people in a position of privilege say when they don’t want anything to change.
No one’s ever going to be talked around on important issues such as separation of church and state or women’s rights, at least not in large enough numbers to make a difference. Lots of people agree that the Catholic Church should not control various public services and government institutions, but continue to support those services and institutions.
These things have to be pushed through by political lobbying at grass-roots level, preferably backed-up by a centrally-organised national campa ign. Someone has to be the squeaky wheel, and it might as well be you.
After basic human rights have been guaranteed in law, then you can go explain to the dying generation their new reality.
You can use Google to find lots of different groups in Ireland who run political campaigns to help promote equality in Ireland. I actively take part in Atheist Ireland campaigns.
I’d love to be an asshole and blame god for it.
But I’m an atheist. So when I’m an asshole, it’s just me being an asshole.
Ah, Satanism. That one belief system that’s different from all the others, as long as you’re a Satanist.
Don’t be mean to people unless they’re in your “lair” (!) and you feel like being mean to them? Don’t have sex with a woman unless you know she secretly wants it? Magic is real? Don’t steal things unless you personally feel it’s OK to steal things? Let me know when this starts sounding stupid.
“Don’t give advice unless asked,” says the guy compiling a list of Rules of the Earth.
Critical thinking is a cognitive process that requires disruptive patterns of thinking, ones that question the status quo of propositions and leads to the creation of alternative lines of reasoning.
Question everything you see and hear, especially if it confirms your opinions.
Do not believe everything you think.