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Mar 28, 2010
Reggie commented on Michael Nugent's blog post 'Pope's letter protects church, not its victims'
"Should we expect anything less from the Pope? Maybe that should read "expect anything more", but you get my drift."
Mar 26, 2010
Michael Nugent posted a blog post

Pope's letter protects church, not its victims

The Pope’s letter on child sexual abuse holds lessons for civic society. What he writes to Catholics about religion is a matter between him and them. But the Catholic church also operates within civic society, acts as a quasi-State at the United Nations, and sends ambassadors to real States. And the Pope’s letter includes assertions about secular society that are factually wrong.Having read the full letter, the following seems clear:1. The Pope’s main priority is to protect the church, not its…See More
Mar 22, 2010
Michael Nugent replied to Michael Nugent's discussion 'Irish Justice Minister plans referendum to scrap new blasphemy law'
"The reason for Autumn is that it can be held along with another referendum on the rights of children, to which the government was already committed, plus possibly three by-elections and a mayoral election in Dublin. That should mean a bigger turnout…"
Mar 14, 2010
Michael Nugent posted a discussion

Irish Justice Minister plans referendum to scrap new blasphemy law

Atheist Ireland welcomes the statement from Dermot Ahern, the Irish Justice Minister, that he is proposing a referendum this Autumn to remove the offence of blasphemy from the Irish Constitution, along with two other referendums that the government is already committed to.On January 1st, the day that the law became operational, Atheist Ireland had published 25 blasphemous statements  on the internet to challenge it. The Justice Minister has now told the Sunday Times that he was only doing his…See More
Mar 14, 2010
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Feb 27, 2010
GT replied to Michael Nugent's discussion 'Campaign against the proposed Irish blasphemy law'
"Michael You might be interested in this link - a podcast from ABC Australia website yesterday 4 Jan 2010. The report is by the jounalist Elaine Edwards I note you are mentioned. Good…"
Jan 4, 2010
Misty: Baytheist Living! replied to Michael Nugent's discussion 'Mass Card Law Protects Sale of Magic'
"That is almost as wonderful as the blasphemy laws. Facepalm Ireland!"
Sep 8, 2009
Doug Reardon replied to Michael Nugent's discussion 'Mass Card Law Protects Sale of Magic'
"I'm embarrassed that I'm a son of Hibernia."
Sep 7, 2009
Michael Nugent posted a discussion

Mass Card Law Protects Sale of Magic

The Irish Times today published this letter from Atheist Ireland.Madam, – From September 1st, the Charities Act 2009 has been offering State protection to the Roman Catholic Church, and only this one church, to sell Mass cards (Home News, September 1st). The legality of this Act is being challenged in the High Court, but for a reason that turns ethics upside down.It is not being challenged to prevent people from selling claims of intercession with the creator of the universe to bereaved and…See More
Sep 7, 2009
SabreNation replied to Michael Nugent's discussion '77 highly recommended atheist-related books'
"Hey sweet, I was quoted among the blurbs for God Is Not Great! :p Lots of stuff I've never read down in the 1-4 recommendation area, I'll have to add those to my to-read list. Great work Michael."
Jul 22, 2009
A discussion started by Michael Nugent was featured

77 highly recommended atheist-related books

This week I asked on Twitter and Facebook about people's favourite atheist-related books, and why.The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins was recommended as many times as the next three books combined. The Bible took second place, with its power to convince people of atheism edging it ahead of God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens.Also popular were books by Phillip Pullman, Sam Harris, Bertrand Russell, Daniel Dennett, Douglas Adams, Michael Shermer, Julian Baggini, Pascal Boyer, Nietzsche, Carl…See More
Jul 21, 2009
Rev. Tom Hicks, D.D. replied to Michael Nugent's discussion '77 highly recommended atheist-related books'
"Thanks for this list. It'll help with my bad memory of rememberin' titles to look up."
Jul 21, 2009
Serotonin Wraith replied to Michael Nugent's discussion '77 highly recommended atheist-related books'
"I've read/heard on audio book 11 of them, and there's a few there I'm getting to soon. Good list. I wish I could just download the knowledge into my brain to save time."
Jul 19, 2009
Dave G replied to Michael Nugent's discussion '77 highly recommended atheist-related books'
"A good list, a number of which I've read, some of which are on my to-read list, and some of which I'd not heard of."
Jul 19, 2009
Michael Nugent posted a discussion

77 highly recommended atheist-related books

This week I asked on Twitter and Facebook about people's favourite atheist-related books, and why.The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins was recommended as many times as the next three books combined. The Bible took second place, with its power to convince people of atheism edging it ahead of God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens.Also popular were books by Phillip Pullman, Sam Harris, Bertrand Russell, Daniel Dennett, Douglas Adams, Michael Shermer, Julian Baggini, Pascal Boyer, Nietzsche, Carl…See More
Jul 18, 2009

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Pope's letter protects church, not its victims

Posted on March 22, 2010 at 8:30pm 1 Comment

The Pope’s letter on child sexual abuse holds lessons for civic society. What he writes to Catholics about religion is a matter between him and them. But the Catholic church also operates within civic society, acts as a quasi-State at the United Nations, and sends ambassadors to real States. And the Pope’s letter includes assertions about secular society that are factually wrong.



Having read the full letter, the following seems clear:



1. The Pope’s main priority is to… Continue

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