Posted on October 28th, 2015 by peterohara
The Mid-West Humanists held their first table on Thomas Street in Limerick on Saturday 24 October 2015.
The table is like atheist and humanist tables already held in other cities.
Front of MW Humanist Table
The table is for people who might be leaning away from religion, and who could be happier if they understood that not having a religion and not believing in a god is a good state; and that a person who feels settled in not having religion or god can live a good life and be happy.
Several people received the Mid-West Humanists leaflet about humanism. A small number took some of our leaflets about education, blasphemy, and the Constitution.
We will be there again on some Saturdays. Next time we will put the date in advance on Facebook. The more people volunteer to staff the table, the easier it will be to keep the table going.
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Posted on October 5th, 2015 by peterohara
On Wednesday 30 September 2015, World Blasphemy Day, four Mid-West Humanists were in Cruises Street, Limerick, from about 13:00 until about 15:30.
We had the map of the world with countries coloured by their laws against blasphemy, and a poster inviting people to hold up a picture that some people will see as blasphemous, just for 10 seconds only!
Here are the 4 blasphemous pictures.
Some people volunteered to hold up a picture. We hoped not to get arrested, so most of the time the pictures were covered. In our last half hour they were face up on the table.
Either, see you there next year, or
Happy World anti-Blasphemy-law-Free Day 2016!
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Posted on September 25th, 2015 by peterohara
On Wednesday 30 September 2015, which is World Blasphemy Day, some Mid-West Humanists will be on the street in Limerick.
We will probably be in Cruises Street, from close to 13:00…
hoping to stay there until 15:00 or so.
We will have the map of the world with countries coloured by their laws against blasphemy.
We will also show a poster inviting people to hold up a picture that some people will see as blasphemous, just for 10 seconds only!
We will have a choice of 4 blasphemous pictures for any volunteer to show – kept in a bag until someone volunteers to show one. We don’t want to offend all of the people all of the time.
Actually, we hope the pictures will make people laugh.
Of the pictures, 3 will blaspheme 3 different religions, and 1 tries to similarly offend people who have no religion.
See you there!
Happy World Blasphemy Day!
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Posted on June 19th, 2015 by peterohara
The meeting on 17 June 2015 discussed the definition of Atheism in the Mid-West Humanists’ leaflet on Humanism and the Mid-West Humanists. The consensus was to keep the definition as a view that there do not exist any gods.
The meeting heard that some of our members had met the Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan T.D. since the May meeting. The Minister has very recently confirmed to us that the decision to change the Lease of a National School by signing a Deed of Variation is a decision reserved to the Minister and not delegated to any civil servant. She had told us at the recent meeting that the Department of Education is allocated to the Labour Party for the length of this coalition government, and the Labour Party favours secular education. Thus it is unlikely that any Deeds of Variation will be signed under the present government. The Mid-West Humanists will continue to seek more information about school leases, and will seek to avoid any leases being modified by the draft Deeds of Variation.
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Posted on April 27th, 2015 by peterohara
The Mid-West Humanists met Jan O’Sullivan T.D. Minister for Education and Skills on 24 April 2015.
We asked the Minister not to change the Leases of National Schools via a 1997 model Deed of Variation.
In another post we explain about National School leases.
We show here the letter which we gave to the Minister, in which we explained our concerns.
24 April 2015
To Jan O’Sullivan TD, Minister for Education and Skills
Deeds of Variation should not be applied to National School Leases
Dear Minister O’Sullivan
- We seek information on whether (and if so, when) the Department of Education and Skills plans to apply the Deeds of Variation to the leases of schools, Deeds that were first drafted about 1997.
- We ask that the Leases of Primary (National) Schools not be altered as in the model Deeds of Variation of 1997 or as in any similar model. The schools are now managed by persons or groups of persons who belong to particular religions, and, contrary to popular belief, their leases (which are their agreements with the Department) do not restrict the operation of the schools to fit with those religions, and are quite neutral about religion. (The Education Act 1998 requires a school to have a characteristic spirit, but this is not solely about religion, and the schools’ leases of which we know do not determine any aspect of the characteristic spirit.)
We seek that the leases not be changed according to the model Deed of Variation of 1997 or similar model, because the present leases would allow a school to be secular in many aspects, and the varied leases would make each school tied to the particular religion. Between 1997 and 2015 society in Ireland has become more secular; it has not become more religious. Continue reading
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