If you’re a Catholic, the Vatican has announced that you can reduce the amount of time spent in Purgatory (“a sort of divine Ellis island” in Richard Dawkins’ memorable description) by following Pope Francis on Twitter. As you’re reading this, it’s overwhelmingly likely that you’re not a Catholic, and you’d probably get more satisfaction out of following Atheist Ireland. Unfortunately, we can’t offer any reduction in the time spent in the afterlife. You’ll still be non-existent for all eternity. But until then, at least you’ll have the latest news about our events and activities. We also do Facebook. And this newsletter, of course.
Things are finally back to normal this week. No holidays or conferences to get in the way of me delivering all the important atheist news and views to you all. Rest assured, I closed the curtains and ignored this weekend’s record-breaking sunshine in order to get this newsletter written. I hope you appreciate the sacrifice.
Jane Donnelly of Atheist Ireland introduces Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation at the opening of the international conference in Dublin on Empowering Women Through Secularism on 29-30 June 2013.
Another late night edition. (It’s not rational not to take advantage of unexpectedly good weather.) We have some good news about our conference, a profile of one of its speakers, the welcome return of our news roundup (helpfully compiled by Barbara Monea), as well as listings of upcoming events and a couple of thought-provoking blog posts. Enjoy!
It’s time for another Secular Sunday. With less than seven weeks to go until our Empowering Women through Secularism conference, we profile one of the most experienced of our speakers. We’ve also got the best of Irish atheist blogs (which tend to feature Cardinal Sean Brady quite heavily this week), and of course a listing of all the most godless events we could find.
This week we have our usual news roundup, the best of Irish atheist blogs, and of course a list of upcoming events including a TV show tonight and this week’s return of Dublin Atheists in the Pub. We also have a profile of Kate Smurthwaite who’ll be speaking at our conference in June.
Welcome to this week’s Secular Sunday. We have some real changes this week.
Most significantly we have a new contributor. Barbara Monea is a 30-year-old Italian who has recently joined Atheist Ireland. She is a long-time member of UAAR (Union of Atheists and Agnostics in Italy) and was a regular contributor to the news section of their website. She has kindly offered to take on a similar role here, providing a weekly digest of relevant news for this newsletter.
The email version of the newsletter is now powered by MailChimp, which allows more automation and flexibility. There will likely be some abrupt and unpopular changes in layout before I settle on a suitable format. Please be patient. Honest feedback is always appreciated.