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by Marks
Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:32 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: Am I wise or just a coward?
Replies: 12
Views: 6370

Re: Am I wise or just a coward?

I heard from another person recently that this type of thing is happening. This person said that she felt intimidated at the meeting and is not really sure what to do about the situation. When she did speak up she was shocked at the reaction. Is it not strange that the Forum on Patronage and Plurali...
by Marks
Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:12 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Building an Ethical Society
Replies: 6
Views: 5049

Re: Building an Ethical Society

I have sat in consultations, conferences and discussions regarding human rights and listened to members of various organisations speak on abortion and LGBT issues. Most of the input from these people is very negative and sometimes it is hateful. A lot of these issues will come up under equality befo...
by Marks
Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:16 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: "Integrated" school application with no non-religious option
Replies: 8
Views: 4604

Re: "Integrated" school application with no non-religious option

The following might be of some help to you if you decide to complain to the Dept of Education. Everyone has the right to private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. You could complain about the abuse of your human right under Article 8 of the European Conventi...
by Marks
Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:41 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: My approach anyone??
Replies: 72
Views: 27983

Re: My approach anyone??

The approach Atheist Ireland has taken on education is based on human rights. It is the wording of the right to education under the European Convention that is significant. It says the following:- Article II of Protocol 1 – The Right to Education - “No person shall be denied the right to education. ...
by Marks
Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: Atheist Ireland response to Forum on Patronage and Pluralism
Replies: 6
Views: 4243

Re: Atheist Ireland response to Forum on Patronage and Pluralism

As we moved through the year we have expanded our knowledge. This time last year we were working on our first Submission to the Irish Human Rights Commission. The recent one to the forum on Patronage and Pluralism was our eleventh submission this year. There is one due at the end of March 2012 to th...
by Marks
Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: Atheist Ireland response to Forum on Patronage and Pluralism
Replies: 6
Views: 4243

Re: Atheist Ireland response to Forum on Patronage and Pluralism

One is always confined to a certain number of words in these articles. If they had given us ten pages we would have filled them up. Michael did a great job with the limited amount of words.
by Marks
Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:21 am
Forum: Announcements & Meetings
Topic: Discussing the school patronage report on Saturday
Replies: 2
Views: 2453

Re: Discussing the school patronage report on Saturday

It went fine.

We are working hard on our Response and it will be done before the the 1st of December deadline. We have a draft of our Response ready and are working hard on that at present.
by Marks
Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:49 pm
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Church should contribute with their property
Replies: 2
Views: 3989

Re: Church should contribute with their property

Unfortunately the state cannot confiscate any property that belongs to the Church. Article 44.2.6 of the Irish Constitution states that:- "The property of any religious denomination or any educational instution shall not be diverted save for necessary works of public utility and on payment of compen...
by Marks
Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:19 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: Religion is school
Replies: 31
Views: 15110

Re: Religion is school

You do not have to put up with this. Reciting prayers is indoctrination. The following is a link to the Report and Recommendations of the Irish Human Rights Commission. http://www.ihrc.ie/download/pdf/religionandeducationpdf.pdf On page 101, para 304 it states the following:- “Manifestation of relig...
by Marks
Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: Atheism in the News
Topic: Michael Nugent's Irish Times Article
Replies: 75
Views: 31943

Re: Michael Nugent's Irish Times Article

Well done Richard. Great letter.