Former IRA volunteer and ex-prisoner, spent 18 years in Long Kesh, 4 years on the blanket and no-wash/no work protests which led to the hunger strikes of the 80s. Completed PhD at Queens upon release from prison. Left the Republican Movement at the endorsement of the Good Friday Agreement, and went on to become a journalist. Co-founder of The Blanket, an online magazine that critically analyzed the Irish peace process. Lead researcher for the Belfast Project, an oral history of the Troubles.
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M'eh, agnostic. 'Something' set parameters.ReplyDelete
I'm not sure that atheists should identify as a community. We are are not a homogenous group. For example, Atheist Ireland, whose survey on the State and Religion has been publicised here on TPQ over the last few months, have in practice rejected the class based politics with which I and many other atheists agree.ReplyDelete
We would be falling into the same trap which has ensnared those who practice religion, that of cross class tribal identification which in my view has prevented the solidarity of the working class.
Ultimately one's religious persuasion (whether atheist ot not) should be a private matter and adherents to a particular faith shoulld ideally not cpohdere into a social, communal or pressure group to make demands on the state and civil society.ReplyDelete
I agree with Mike on this one.