Sunday 12 June 2011

The Government's position on key religious questions

Atheist Ireland received a reply to some key questions it put to Fine Gael (part of our governing coalition) during the election campaign earlier this year. It can be found here but in summary, Fine Gael's position is:

  • Reform of education – it will make publicly-funded schools with a secular ethos available.
  • Constitutional Review – will “consider the continued relevance of religious references in the Constitution”, whatever that means.
  • Blasphemy – It should not be a criminal offence.
  • Religious ethos of hospitals – no interest in addressing.
  • Equality Law – agree that religious bodies should be treated no different to other bodies
  • Tax – no intention to make churches pay their fair share of tax.
We'll see how they perform.

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