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 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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Posted on August 27th, 2013 by peterohara
On 06 August 2013 Valerie Tierney who is Debates Convenor for the Literary and Historical Society (L+H) of University College Dublin (UCD) invited the Mid West Humanists to send a representative to their debate on Wednesday 23 October 2013 on the motion –
“This House would believe in a God”.
I replied that we would send a representative to speak, against the motion.
The debate is sure to be in UCD, but we await instructions on the exact place, and on the time. The time is likely to be in the early evening. When we know we will post the time and place here.
Student debating societies are usually open to the public as well. So any Mid West Humanists can attend.
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