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Having to take a religious oath to access the presidency is a glaring anachronism. A secular alternative has long been needed

Colin Murphy


State should not be placing non-believers in a position whether they either feel excluded from the presidency or forced into moral gymnastics to reconcile themselves with it

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Religious oath

Religious oath

Religious oath

Will the church service in Armagh celebrate partition, or merely commemorate it? That may be a moot point; but there is one thing the service will unambiguously celebrate: Jesus Christ.

The event will be a “service of Christian worship”, according to the invite to President Michael D Higgins; it is being run by the leaders of the four main Christian churches on the island; the other dignitary invited, Queen Elizabeth, is also head of a church. The language used to describe the politics of the event may be carefully hedged (though not carefully enough, clearly), but there is no such reserve about the religious aspect: “worship” implies an uncritical celebration of Christianity.


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