Irish Atheists Urge Repeal of Nation’s Blasphemy Law at Constitutional Convention

Over the weekend, the Convention on the Constitution held meetings in Ireland to discuss changes to the nation’s Constitution and then make recommendations to the government.

Relevant to us is the need to repeal the blasphemy law, which currently states:

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

Atheist Ireland has been fighting for the law’s repeal for a while now and the group’s Chairperson Michael Nugent spoke at this weekend’s convention alongside fellow advocates for the law’s repeal, Professor David Nash of Oxford Brookes University and Human Rights Officer of Atheist Ireland Jane Donnelly:

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American Atheists’ Amanda Knief Discusses Greece Case on CNN

Amanda Knief of American Atheists appeared on CNN this morning to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court case of Town of Greece v. Galloway:

Knief was the sane side of the debate, going against Pastor Robert Jeffress — a guy who said last year that if Christians didn’t vote “biblically,” they were no different than the people who brought on the Holocaust.

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Saturday Night Live Tackles Whether Black People Would Still Support President Obama if He Left Christianity

One of the sketches from last night’s “Saturday Night Live” featured three African-Americans discussing how President Obama is doing. The running joke was that no matter what Obama did, his support from the black community would never fade.

The best exchange involved contemplating what would happen if Obama became an atheist (at the 3:38 mark):

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Even in Satire, Joshua DuBois Misses the Point

On last week’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” guest Richard Dawkins made a few headlines when he said that he’s “sure Obama is an atheist.”

Even though he didn’t elaborate on that, we know what he’s implying: President Obama, intelligent man that he is, says he’s Christian only because it’d be political suicide for him to say otherwise.

For what it’s worth, I think Dawkins went too far. He’s supposed to be the evidence-based thinker and there’s just no proof for what he’s saying. Only his own biases. It’s all wishful thinking — the exact thing Dawkins tries to fight again.

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New Study Shows That 6% of Tea Party Members Do Not Believe in God

According to the 2013 American Values Survey just released by the Public Religion Research Institute, 27% of Libertarians have no religious affiliation.

That makes sense, I guess — there are plenty of non-religious people who want smaller government and more individual freedoms.

But who the hell are these 9% of “unaffiliated” Tea Party members? (More to the point, most of the people in that group — 6% of the Tea Party overall — don’t believe in God!)

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