Atheist Ireland has written to all members of the respective Committees on Procedure and Privilege of both the Dail and the Seanad requesting that the Oireachtas cease the practice of starting daily business with a prayer.
The letter quotes the opinion of Senator John Hanafin from 2007.
I welcome that we pray every morning in the Chamber before conducting our business. It allows us to renew our efforts to do our best and invoke God to assist us in our efforts.
I note societies that turned their back on God — fascist and communist — and relied solely on Man’s logic, rose and fell quickly.
Ok, I know that our body politic is full of representatives who are ignorant when it comes to history/philosophy but it’s rare enough these days to see such dinosaurs actually emerge from the undergrowth.