Posts Tagged ‘leadership’

Humanist Naming Ceremonies

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Naming ceremonies are becoming more popular for people who choose not to have their children baptized. Such parents tend to be commendable adults of integrity, conscious as they are that it is more important to teach their children to be authentic and true to themselves than to jump a queue for a school place merely because their child is baptized. And until the Irish people  and an Irish Government changes the discrimination that exists against unbaptized children, these parents should be applauded for their courage, integrity and leadership.

Demand for naming ceremonies is increasing as parents realize that they can formally welcome their child into their families, circles of friends and the wider human community without having to initiate their baby into ill-founded beliefs about deities and gods.

You can read some feedback from a recent baby naming ceremony that I conducted here.

And I’ve started a new Pinterest board on Humanist Naming Ceremonies here.

Malala: free speech against religious repression

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

This is a wonderful five-minute video about 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai and her courage to speak out against the oppression of women, of human beings, by religious fanatics. Stand up for free thought and free speech. Refuse to be bullied by any religion that seeks to control you or to deny your human rights. Think for yourself. Speak your mind. Be inspired by Malala’s leadership, humanity and courage.

Mary Hanafin’s GUBU reasoning

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

‘Unmitigated horseshit’ is the politest term that came to my mind upon hearing Mary Hanafin’s so-called reasoning for not saying before the Fianna Fail parliamentary party vote last night which way she was voting. To hear her say on the RTE News at One just now that she didn’t want to ‘influence’ her parliamentary colleagues is staggering in its abject dearth of leadership. Leadership, dear Mary, is all about influencing others. And her Jesuitical thinking that she can remain in Cabinet although she has no confidence in Brian Cowen as Leader of Fianna Fail but she has confidence in him as Taoiseach is potty, illogical, spineless shite. Let’s call it what it is, Mary. Thank goodness we now know of this bizarre instance of the labyrinthine tangles of her thinking because, Jaysus boys, now we know that not only was the so-called dream ticket of Micheal Martin and Mary Hanafin a mirage but hopefully Hanafin will be back at the chalkface come September and good riddance to her. And as for the honourable Micheal Martin, now you know you won’t be laboured with a ‘friend’ in Mary Hanafin in the next Dail or whenever, if ever, you, Micheal Martin, become Leader of Fianna Fail or Taoiseach.