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# Atheism
These are the best and worst countries in the world to be an atheist
The International Humanist and Ethical Union launched its annual Freedom of Thought report this morning.
Retirement: 'For the first time in nearly forty years I could openly admit that I didn't believe in God'
Being an atheist principal and managing a Catholic school was a difficult balance to maintain, writes Peter Gunning.
'If there was a creator of the universe, it wouldn't need its feelings protected by Dermot Ahern'
Until the X Case happened, most people believed that the State would never seek an injunction to prevent a raped teenager from leaving the country, writes Michael Nugent.
An Atheist Christmas: 'You can do Christmas even if you don't do god'
Christmas was originally a mid-winter solstice festival, writes atheist Ray Leonard.
# Stephen from dungannon
LISTEN: BBC presenter 'made a mistake' by revealing he's an atheist on air
One caller was none too pleased.
# No offence
It's official: We'll have a referendum to remove blasphemy from the Constitution
The last known conviction for blasphemy was in 1855.
# minority report
What is it like to be an atheist in Ireland?
Is it different from any other faith? We found out.
Column: Religion should be taken out of schools. Leave it at home.
Most schools in Ireland are far from inclusive to non-Catholics, writes Jane Donnelly – and this needs to change.
# Religion
Number of Catholics at record high, despite lowest percentage ever - CSO
3.86 million people describe themselves as Catholic (84.2 per cent) while 277,237 people say that they have no religion.
Column: Ireland needs to become a fully secular state
Everyone is free to practice their religion – but that shouldn’t have anything to do with how we run the country, argue Nathan Wheeler and Sean Cassidy.
# well holy god
Big drop in number of Irish people who describe themselves as religious
Less than half of the Irish population say that they are religious.
# Atheism
New Vatican initiative will 'reach out to atheists'
The Church unveils a plan to open dialogue with non-believers – but there’s no room for the likes of Richard Dawkins.
# Census 2011
Atheists kick off ‘Honest to Godless’ census campaign
The secular lobby group asks people not to tick the ‘Catholic’ box on the census if they don’t subscribe to that faith.
# Religion
Atheists know more about religion than faithful
A US survey says that non-believers, on average, know more about the beliefs of different religions than their members.