Remembering Grania Spingies (Ygern)

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Remembering Grania Spingies (Ygern)

Post by mkaobrih » Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:12 am

We at Atheist Ireland were shocked to hear of the untimely death of our friend Grania Spingies, aged just 49. She was one of the founders and the first Secretary of Atheist Ireland, and one of the moderators of the online forum out of which Atheist Ireland evolved.

She died suddenly in Cork while visiting the doctor to discuss a stomach ailment, and we will not know what caused her death until we get the results of an autopsy. I would like to thank her friend Kathryn Moffat for letting us know the sad news.

Grania was an intelligent and organised activist, a rational and effective communicator, and a lovely friendly person who combined compassion for people with a clinical commitment to truth, whether discussing creationism, medical placebos, or genetically modified food.

As a child in South Africa, she was reading books by the age of four, and she supported the Biblical character Eve’s decision to choose knowledge as a good one. Even then, she saw God’s retribution as an unfair and completely out of proportion reaction.

Despite this, Grania grew up believing that the Catholic Church was one of the milder, more reasonable religions. Then she noticed that their statements about faith and morality were based on either fundamentalism or obfuscation.

Her childhood fanaticism about Lourdes was also undone by her never-ending need to read about her interests. She realised that stories about apparitions and miracles had the same lack of substantiation as stories about UFOs and aliens.

As an adult she admired the books of Richard Dawkins, from the more intellectual Selfish Gene to the more popular Ancestor’s Tale. She also admired Brian Cox as a respected physicist with a gift for explaining concepts, as well as having an endearing goofy smile and a pretty face.

Living in Ireland, Grania got involved in atheist activism to promote reason, truth, and human rights based on secularism. She had little time for people who wanted to redirect it into other arguments or to use it to generate controversy.

She was a strong advocate of sexual equality. She expected men to treat her as an equal, not as what she described as a helpless victim who potentially could not cope with anything that life threw at her that was not entirely in her favour. You can continue reading this here
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