The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses 5 reasons atheist parents shouldn’t teach religion to their children.
(To be clear, I’m fine with parents teaching them about religion. I’m focusing here on the atheist parents who do things like take their kids to church because they think it’s the best way to raise them.)
Proposed Irish Law Would Extend Anti-Discrimination Protections to LGBT Teachers, but Not Atheist Ones
Ireland’s Employment Equality Act basically says employers cannot discriminate on the basis of things like gender, marital status, age, race, etc. All good ideas. But as with all laws, there are exemptions. And those are covered in Section 37.
That part says that religious institutions (like churches, schools, and hospitals) — even though most are state-funded — are allowed to discriminate on the basis of religion if it’s reasonable to do so for that tradition. So if your faith says priests have to be male, it’s not legal discrimination if Church leaders don’t hire any women for that position.
But when does it become unreasonable?
It’s a simple premise. If you work for the government and accept government money to do your job, then you must follow the rules or go work somewhere else. Yet time and time again, conservatives have shown an inability to understand that concept.
So it’s no surprise to see them rally in support of Toledo (Ohio) Judge C. Allen McConnell (below), who declined to do his duty by refusing to officiate a wedding for a lesbian couple.