Birth, Death and Easter Eggs: The Spring Equinox Belongs to us All

Peter Lynas of the Evangelical Alliance has argued that the trend of “Easter Eggs” being increasingly marketed as “Chocolate Eggs” is a sign of “Ardent Secularism”. As ardent secularists this is news to us at Atheist Northern Ireland. We would suggest that market forces of a disinterested nature probably lie behind the decision. After all, … Continued

Refreshing Rhetoric from Unlikely Sources

Congratulating political and religious leaders for unexpectedly enlightened stances always feels like a bit of a risk, given that they can be used as distraction from actions and plans that run counter to the words they utter. Only the politically naive would take Arlene Foster’s remarks in Wednesday’s News Letter as sign of the upcoming reform of the … Continued

Hitchens’ Wager

On January the 18th the Trinity College Dublin Metaphysical Society hosted a debate on whether or not theism was a reasonable philosophical position. The speakers were Michael Nugent, Peter Hitchens, Ivana Bacik and Patrick Masterson. Whilst the debate is interesting on the whole this article will concentrate on one of the lines taken by Peter Hitchens. It, … Continued

Hey Paddy – are you a Protestant Saint or a Catholic Saint?

Politicians in Northern Ireland embarrass their constituents with unseemly quibbling about who gets to claim which religious emblems. We are told that to project the wavelength of light between yellow and blue is apparently Irish and nationalistic, and therefore unbefitting of a saint who somehow anticipated the ideas of Martin Luther by a millennia. When ex-DUP councillor … Continued

What is Religious Education For?

Recent polls have shown that support for the Anglican tradition is waning in the UK, whilst the number of people professing belief either in Islam or evangelical Christianity, as well as those who have no particular religious beliefs, is on the increase. Since the recent publication of a report that makes suggestions as to how … Continued

Are we becoming a multicultural wasteland?

In a recent piece for the Mail on Sunday Peter Hitchens expressed dismay at a report advocating for a more secular and multicultural approach to education. The report also recognises that the place of the Church of England in public life no longer represents the broader make-up of British society or faith. Peter went so … Continued

Press Release Regarding Yesterday’s Belfast Telegraph

We are concerned with the persistent unsubstantiated headlines of the Belfast Telegraph. Yesterday’s headline “my cancer was driven out by prayer” has tipped many over the edge. This front page article is a slap in the face of the many skilled doctors of the Royal Victoria hospital, who worked so hard to save Rachelle, and … Continued

The Big Debate – Who Were the Sneerers?

On Thursday 19th Nov 2015 the Stormont Hotel hosted a discussion on the question ‘Is Christianity holding Northern Ireland back?’ To ensure a fair debate a third of the tickets were allocated to local churches, a third to the group Atheist Ireland and the final third to the general public. I attended the debate alongside a number of … Continued