The Christian Martyrdom Complex and the Ashers Case

The Ashers Bakery case is back in the news, as the Christian Institute-backed business seeks to overturn the original ruling, that they discriminated against Mr Gareth Lee when he ordered a cake for an event promoting marriage equality. The Christian Institute has for years been pushing a false narrative of Christian persecution. The National Secular … Continued

An Insatiable Appetite for Human Misery

Brussels was less than a week ago, and it’s already the third* deadliest bombing in that brief timeframe. The horror of that statistic overwhelms me. Since then, ISIS have killed at least 41 at a football stadium hosting a boys’ tournament in Baghdad, and a Taliban splinter group have killed at least 72 in a park … Continued

The faulty Christian beliefs of Foster and McGuinness

Our First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness revealed their Christian beliefs, and the logical fallacies underpinning them. Martin McGuinness said of the Earth, “I believe that something created this beautiful planet; it’s just so extraordinary in the universe that I can come to no other conclusion.” We’ve heard this one from … Continued

Community isn’t a religious invention, but a human one

I first wrote a version of this post in April 2015, and having just attended our February 2016 brunch, it’s worth sharing again. Credit for the brunch concept goes to our colleagues Atheist Ireland. We also want to follow their lead in instigating multiple brunches all over the Northern Irish map, so if you would … Continued

Peter Tatchell’s change of heart on Asher’s is wrong

As the appeal against the Asher’s judgement approaches, Peter Tatchell has had a change of heart, and bought the lie drummed up by the Christian apologist groups the Christian Institute and Evangelical Alliance that their freedom of expression was impinged. Tatchell argues that Gareth Lee’s sexuality didn’t play a part in the refusal to provide … Continued