Atheists Feel Left Out, Finds Faith Surveys

October 20, 2009

Author: Patsy McGarry

Source: The Irish Times

Ireland's atheists feel discriminated against and left out of conversations with religious people, as well from the public sphere, according to new all-island faith surveys.

They have also found that 67 per cent of lay Irish people view ecumenism positively, but some complained it was too “politically correct” or was something they thought of only in the context of Father Ted.

Launched last April, the surveys of faith leaders and laypeople about issues such as immigration and diversity, reconciliation, and ecumenism were conducted by the Irish School of Ecumenics (ISE) and are the first of their kind in Ireland. More than 700 faith leaders and some 900 laypeople have taken part.