At meetings in March, April, and May 2013 we have discussed a submission to go to the Constitutional Convention, on removing the parts of the Constitution that are biased against people of no religion; and thereby making the Constitution secular.
The Constitutional Convention is due to discuss other aspects of the Constitution, which the Government did not put on its agenda, at its meeting on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 01 December 2013.
We are hoping that a Secular Constitution will be discussed then.
The Mid West Humanists have sent a submission, as detailed further below.
The more people who ask the Convention to discuss an issue, the more likely it will be that the Convention will deal with it.
So we suggest that every person who thinks the Constitution should be secular should send their own personal submission to the Convention. You do not need to make a case with detailed arguments.
Go to the Constitutional Convention website, which has a button marked “Make a Submission” which will lead you to the submission page.
You can write “Secular Constitution” as the title of your submission. The site has a “Comment” box, in which you can write your views, up to 1000 characters (this 1000 includes the spaces between words). You can attach a file but you do not have to do so.
You will have to give your name, address, email, and phone number: but only your name and your County will be shown on the Convention’s website. Several submitters with titles that are clearly not real names have managed to get submissions in.
The page for an individual submission shows comment of not more than 9 lines, and a link to download the submission’s larger file. Our submission is in a Word file.
When you press that link the download box may say that the file is “AttachmentDownload.ashx” (rather than the name of our submission).
You can download the file – with the Save option (do not choose to open it immediately). When you see your own computer’s dialog box about where to save the file, you can rename this file. If your computer is not set up to open this dialog box, find where the saved file is and rename it.
Put any name you choose, but make its extension (suffix) .doc – “MidWestHumanistsSecular.doc”.
Microsoft Word will open the file – it remained a Word file but the Convention’s website renames it.
How the Mid West Humanists would like the various Articles of the Constitution to be after the changes is in our Meeting Reports.
Here is what we sent to the Convention: -
from Mid West Humanists 22 May 2013
The Mid West Humanists are people with no religion (people meeting monthly since 2008), in Limerick, Clare, and Tipperary.
To the Constitutional Convention
Making the Constitution of Ireland secular
Reason to make this Submission to the Convention
The Convention has already considered issues outside the list that the Government set. Accordingly the Mid West Humanists propose changes to make the Constitution secular, in addition to their proposal to delete the criminalisation of blasphemy.
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