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No baptism, no school: Irish parents fight for equal access to education

Posted by doctore0 on October 22, 2015

psalm1379Instead of starting school last month, Reuben Murphy found himself back in his Dublin nursery for another year as his mother, Nikki, re-embarked on her quest to find a place at a local state primary for her four-year-old son.

She has already applied to 15 schools. But, following rejections from nine last year, Murphy is far from confident that a place will be found for Reuben. In a country where more than 90% of state schools are run by the Catholic church, unbaptised children like him are at the bottom of their admissions lists.

“I’m desperate,” said Murphy. “I’ve met tons of parents who’ve baptised their children just to get a school place. We thought about it, but it goes against our conscience. I feel it would be an abuse of other people’s deeply held religious beliefs.”

A drive to repeal the legislation that allows Irish schools to operate admissions criteria based on faith is gathering momentum. More than 16,000 people have backed a petition to be presented to parliament in the next couple of weeks, and campaigners are determined to raise the issue of unbaptised children in next year’s general election.

According to Paddy Monahan, a Dublin barrister who launched the petition, the law is an unconstitutional anachronism in a country that saw the second biggest drop globally in those claiming to be religious in recent years. A WIN-Gallup global poll (pdf) found that 47% of Irish respondents identified themselves as religious in 2011, compared with 69% in 2005 – a drop of 22%, exceeded only by the fall in Vietnam. Non-Catholic immigration to Ireland has further diluted the church’s hegemony.
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Time Travel DEBUNK

Posted by doctore0 on October 21, 2015

Captain Disillusion

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Summarizing the Proof that God is Evil

Posted by doctore0 on September 25, 2015

Underlings youtube channel

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Dawkins & Krauss: Life, The Universe, And Everything (An Origins Project Dialogue)

Posted by doctore0 on September 17, 2015

Filmed on April 17, 2015 in Olomouc, Czech Republic at the Academia Film Olomouc science film festival.

From the AFO website: Origins is coming to AFO50! Enjoy one of the best current science dialogues live in Olomouc. For the first time in the Czech Republic (or anywhere in Central Europe) this Origins Project Dialogue will feature Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkins for a discussion on Life & The Universe. Krauss and Dawkins will talk not only about interdisciplinary issues, but about science in general as a useful guide for humans. Recently celebrating its 5th anniversary, the Origins Project at Arizona State University is a transdisciplinary program housed at one of the largest public metropolitan research universities in the United States.

The Origins Project at ASU was created by Lawrence Krauss, PhD, an internationally renowned author, theoretical physicist, cosmologist and Foundation Professor in the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration. Richard Dawkins is a biologist and the international best-selling author of The God Delusion, The Selfish Gene and many others.

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Is Xenophobia Inherent in Organized Religion?

Posted by doctore0 on September 2, 2015

Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss explains his main gripe with organized religion: “It implies things about the real world that are just not true.”

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Scientific consensus and arguments from authority

Posted by doctore0 on July 13, 2015


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The Big Picture and a Petty Deity

Posted by doctore0 on June 29, 2015

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Politicians, school boards, principals, and teachers are pushing creationism on kids

Posted by doctore0 on June 9, 2015

creationismjobsWhen a student in Louisiana opens her textbook in biology class, she might not have the standard Miller and Levine Biology with a dragonfly on the cover, and she might not ever learn about evolution. For some Louisiana public school students, their science textbook is the Bible, and in biology class they read the Book of Genesis to learn the “creation point of view.”

Through a public records request, I obtained dozens of emails from the Bossier Parish school district that specifically discuss teaching creationism. Shawna Creamer, a science teacher at Airline High School, sent an email to the principal, Jason Rowland, informing him of which class periods she would use to teach creationism. “We will read in Genesis and them [sic] some supplemental material debunking various aspects of evolution from which the students will present,” Creamer wrote.

In another email exchange with Rowland, a parent had complained that a different teacher, Cindy Tolliver, actually taught that evolution was a “fact.” This parent complained that Tolliver was “pushing her twisted religious beliefs onto the class.” Principal Rowland responded, “I can assure you this will not happen again.”
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Disneyland Ghost DEBUNK

Posted by doctore0 on April 29, 2015

Captain Disillusion is visited by a legendary icon as he attempts a thorough explanation of the viral Disneyland Ghost surveillance video mystery.

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How Religion Harms Education – AronRa at Atheist Ireland

Posted by doctore0 on April 22, 2015

Aron Ra, Texas State Director of American Atheists, speaks to an Atheist Ireland meeting about how religion harms education, in the Davenport Hotel in Dublin on 21 April 2015.

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