David Quinn: Unholy row brewing as secularisation creeps in
Published 11/11/2011 | 05:00
AT today's inauguration of Michael D Higgins in addition to the usual prayers, a reflection will be offered by a secular humanist.
I say "secular humanist" deliberately because there is a long-standing tradition of Christian humanism as well, dating back to the likes of Erasmus and Thomas More in the 16th Century.
The secular humanist has been invited to say a few words presumably because President Higgins, as he might well be by the time you read this, wants the non-believers of Ireland to be represented at a presidential inauguration for the first time ever and in keeping with his campaign promise to be 'inclusive'.