Atheist Ireland Makes Formal Request for Constitutional Convention to Repeal Blasphemy Law

A Constitutional Convention is taking place in Ireland this year and one of the major changes the committee is considering is a removal of the blasphemy law.

As it is right now, Article 40.6.1 of the Constitution says:

The publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious, or indecent matter is an offence which shall be punishable in accordance with law.

To that end, Atheist Ireland today submitted their reasons for why that law in particular must be repealed:

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What Else Can We Learn from the ‘Six Types of Atheists’ Study?

Earlier this month, researchers Christopher Silver and Thomas Coleman III released a study identifying what they believed were the six different kinds of atheists: Intellectual Atheist/Agnostic, Activist, Seeker-Agnostic, Anti-Theist, Non-Theist, and Ritual Atheist/Agnostic.

It might be surprising to all those who assume atheists are a monolithic group:

After CNN’s Dan Merica‘s article about the study went viral, commenters had a ton of things to say about it, good and bad. CNN Belief Blog’s Daniel Burke took those questions directly to Silver and Coleman. Like this one:

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New Study Shows Breakdown of People Who Believe You Need God to be Good

A new study by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution has a couple of notable results (PDF) regarding religious demographics in America and whether you need God to be moral.

First, the demographics:

A couple of things stand out there, neither of which is particularly shocking but both of which are still worth celebrating:

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Christian Pastor: ‘I Have Never Met Anyone Who is Actually Happy About Having Sex Before They Were Married’

Aaron Buer is a pastor at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and he’s made up some very important facts about sex (emphases his):

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This Is What You Have to Yell to Make Jesus Come to Life

Howard Storm was one of those “educated college professors” who didn’t believe in God… until he had a really weird out-of-body experience and visited Hell. Now he’s here to say that you, too, can stop being educated like him, if you only give yourself up to Jesus!

Highlight comes at the 9:48 mark, where he tells us what you have to yell if you want Jesus to come alive. (I guess standing in a dark bathroom and saying “Jesus” fives times in front of a mirror doesn’t do the trick.)

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