Active Response to Blasphemy Bill - Volunteers Needed

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Active Response to Blasphemy Bill - Volunteers Needed

Post by MichaelNugent » Fri May 01, 2009 10:28 am

Atheist Ireland will be organising public meetings this month at which we can organise active opposition to the blasphemy bill, and also widen the issue into the need for a secular Irish constitution.

If you are a member of Atheist Ireland, and you want to help organise these meetings, please leave your name here or else PM me or any other committee member.

If you are not a member of Atheist Ireland, and you would like to help, your assistance will be welcomed. Please leave your name here or else PM me or any other committee member.

If you would like to join Atheist ireland, please check here. The more members we have, the more effective we will be in creating an ethical, secular Ireland.

Also, if you have suggestions for suitable meeting venues in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway or Waterford, please include those details.

I am out of the country until Sunday. I will coordinate the responses to this on Monday and we can start arranging things.

Michael
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Re: Active Response to Blasphemy Bill - Volunteers Needed

Post by Jack Dash » Sun May 03, 2009 11:43 am

Add me to list and I'd like to help out, work permitting.
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Re: Active Response to Blasphemy Bill - Volunteers Needed

Post by mkaobrih » Sun May 03, 2009 10:21 pm

Me too –I’ll help in what ever way I can.
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Re: Active Response to Blasphemy Bill - Volunteers Needed

Post by ctr » Sun May 03, 2009 10:46 pm

PM sent
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Post by cosmosforest » Mon May 04, 2009 1:25 am

i'll help if i can
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Re: Active Response to Blasphemy Bill - Volunteers Needed

Post by Feardorcha » Mon May 04, 2009 9:47 am

I'm in and how about Galway? Let's make it nationwide.
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Re: Active Response to Blasphemy Bill - Volunteers Needed

Post by washington » Mon May 04, 2009 12:20 pm

Michael,
I'm on board. This is the issue we have been waiting for. BTW...how does a luddite like me PM somebody? :D
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Post by ctr » Mon May 04, 2009 6:41 pm

By clicking the "PM" button at the end of Michael's post. :D
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Re: Active Response to Blasphemy Bill - Volunteers Needed

Post by robdonn » Tue May 05, 2009 9:38 am

I'm finished my exams at the end of this week so I'll finally be free to get to work on this stuff. So count me in.
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Re: Active Response to Blasphemy Bill - Volunteers Needed

Post by MichaelNugent » Tue May 05, 2009 8:34 pm

I will be in touch with everybody who has responded here or by PM over the next day or two.

In the meantime, here is a link to an article on the History of Irish Blasphemy Law

It includes details on the following developments:

Background to the Crime of Blasphemy
1937 - Dail Debate on Irish Constitution
1937 - Irish Constitution Outlaws Blasphemy
1961 - Dail Debate on Defamation Bill
1961 - Defamation Act Creates Blasphemy Law
1991 - Law Reform Commission Recommendation
1991 - Law Reform Commission Fallback Position
1996 - Constitution Review Group Report
1996 - Blasphemy Case High Court Ruling
1999 - Blasphemy Case Supreme Court Ruling
2003 - European Convention of Human Rights Act
2008 - UK Abolishes Blasphemy Law
2008 - All-Party Committee on Constitution
2008 - Ireland Opposes ‘Defaming Religion’ Crime
2009 - Defamation Bill Includes Blasphemy Crime
Campaign Against New Blasphemy Crime

In campaigning against this new proposed crime, it will be helpful for us to be familiar with the background to the issue.
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