Sunday, 28 July 2013

Agnostic Gilmore got legal advice on swearing religious oath

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, who is agnostic, sought and received legal advice on swearing a religious oath when he attends the Council of State meeting on proposed abortion legislation on Monday.
The Constitution requires Council of State members at their first meeting to say: “In the presence of Almighty God I do solemnly and sincerely promise and declare that I will faithfully and conscientiously fulfil my duties.”
The Atheist Ireland organisation has written to Mr Gilmore describing the oath as one “that a conscientious agnostic cannot honestly make”
Mr Gilmore’s spokesman said the wording of the oath was set out in the Constitution and could not be changed without a referendum.

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