Theists at State event in Belfast upset

Holy Crap!

Theists at State event in Belfast upset

Postby devogue » Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:29 pm

A row has erupted at City Hall after Belfast’s new Lord Mayor dispensed with prayers before her installation dinner.

Nuala McAllister, an atheist, didn’t invite anyone to say grace at the event on Saturday night in what has been described as an unwelcome departure from tradition.

It is understood she felt some people attending the dinner who are not religious may have been uncomfortable with praying, but others have voiced firm opposition to her decision not to respect the decades-old convention.

Instead, in some cases it fell upon leading clerics to offer up grace for guests at their individual tables ahead of the lavish four-course meal in the building’s ornate Great Hall.

The Alliance Party councillor — who outlined her plan to “promote a Belfast that is open, welcome and inclusive” — was not available for comment when contacted by the Belfast Telegraph last night.

The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Dr Noble McNeely, who attended the event for the first time, said he led prayers at his table when it became apparent that it wasn’t on the agenda for the evening.

“There was no grace on the programme and the Master of Ceremonies didn’t call anyone to lead the gathering in grace,” he said.

“I’m sure Dr Laurence Graham (President of the Methodist Church in Ireland) or myself would have been prepared to say grace but that wasn’t requested. I don’t know why that didn’t happen but maybe it is a sign of the times.”

Continued:

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/row-after-belfasts-atheist-mayor-skips-prayers-before-dinner-at-installation-36096373.html
User avatar
devogue
 
Posts: 15575
Joined: Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:52 am

Re: Theists at State event in Belfast upset

Postby Rum » Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:35 pm

Belfast - where saying the wrong type of grace can still get you killed!

Or is this progress?
Sent from a crappy keyboard using fumbs and shit.
User avatar
Rum
Absent Minded Processor
 
Posts: 31785
Joined: Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:25 pm
Location: South of the border..though not down Mexico way..

Re: Theists at State event in Belfast upset

Postby Animavore » Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:40 pm

I was at a dinner last week where I said Grace.

My girlfriend, Susan, wasn't impressed that I'd said the name of my ex.
"I've always liked the irony of people using the word 'sheeple' because they've heard other people using it."

- Anonymous Internet Dude.
User avatar
Animavore
Nasty Hombre
 
Posts: 35328
Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:26 am
Location: Ire Land.

Re: Theists at State event in Belfast upset

Postby JimC » Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:57 pm

Did you ever say "That was amazing, Grace!"?
Nurse, where the fuck's my cardigan?
And my gin!
User avatar
JimC
The sentimental bloke
 
Posts: 55120
Joined: Thu Feb 26, 2009 7:58 am
Location: Melbourne, Australia
About me: To be serious about gin requires years of dedicated research.

Re: Theists at State event in Belfast upset

Postby Svartalf » Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:31 pm

only if hi did her in Scotland
Embrace the Darkness, it needs a hug

PC stands for "Patronizing Cocksucker" Randy Ping
User avatar
Svartalf
Offensive Grail Keeper
 
Posts: 29555
Joined: Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:42 pm
Location: Paris France

Re: Theists at State event in Belfast upset

Postby pErvinalia » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:36 am

Imagine not being able to eat your meal without first thanking magic man... Silly people.
Sent from my penis using wankertalk.
"The Western world is fucking awesome because of mostly white men" - DaveDodo007.
"Socialized medicine is just exactly as morally defensible as gassing and cooking Jews" - Seth. Yes, he really did say that..
"Seth you are a boon to this community" - Cunt.
"You know you blokes didn't criticize Obama. You're lying. - Forty Two. Umm - viewtopic.php?f=22&t=42144
User avatar
pErvinalia
Off his meds
 
Posts: 38949
Joined: Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:08 pm
Location: dystopia
About me: Now with 50% less ranting!

Re: Theists at State event in Belfast upset

Postby JimC » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:46 am

The real point is that the Mayor was, quite appropriately, demonstrating the secular principles of the separation of church and state, whereas the god men at the dinner were desperately trying to hold them together as they were in the past. One of them commented "perhaps it is a sign of the times..."

Got that right, for sure...
Nurse, where the fuck's my cardigan?
And my gin!
User avatar
JimC
The sentimental bloke
 
Posts: 55120
Joined: Thu Feb 26, 2009 7:58 am
Location: Melbourne, Australia
About me: To be serious about gin requires years of dedicated research.

Re: Theists at State event in Belfast upset

Postby Brian Peacock » Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:21 am

Awww diddums. The god-bothers can always offer up a silent prayer if they think it's really needed, but really this kind of complaint is about displaying one's holier-than-thou credentials before others (quiet literally).
.


"It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice.
There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia."

Frank Zappa

"This is how humanity ends; bickering over the irrelevant."
Clinton Huxley » 21 Jun 2012 » 14:10:36 GMT


.
User avatar
Brian Peacock
Tipping cows since 1946
 
Posts: 15626
Joined: Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:44 am
Location: Location: Location:
About me: Ablate me:


Return to Atheism & Religion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest