To: Members of the Oireachtas
Citizens to Separate Church and State (CSCS) wrote to our government (cabinet) on 24 February pleading with it to drop the proposed 35th Amendment to our constitution until the religious oath required by Article 12.8 for installation of the President was amended or dropped.
This letter is here: http://www.cscs.ie/?p=5
At that stage the Bill to move the 35th Amendment (age for president) had not been introduced into the Oireachtas.
The government ignored our pleading and the Bill was subsequently moved and passed.
CSCS has issued a short (7 min) video documentary setting out why it is calling for a ‘No’ vote in the Presidential age referendum.
It is CSCS’s view that the government’s 35th amendment is ill-judged and ill–timed because it has failed to deal first with the issue regarding the religious oath that has to be sworn by the president-elect (Article 12.8).
We would ask you to watch it on:
It raises an important human right abnegation in relation to Irish citizens.
CSCS is struck by the fact that posters produced by the proponents calling for a ‘Yes’ vote in the 34th Amendment (marriage equality) campaign emphasise the ‘Equality’ aspects of this worthy cause but there has been a marked ‘blindness to equality’ in relation to the import of Art. 12.8 in its connection to the 35th amendment proposal.
We are urging citizens genuinely commited to equality for all to vote No and we ask you to consider the contradiction between the two referendums
Dick Spicer & Mike McKillen
The formal letters we sent to (1) all cabinet members, (2) Oireachtas members and political parties and (3) various faith bodies back in February when CSCS was formed were an attempt to have the Presidential Age Referendum (35th Amendment; #AgeRef) dropped until the human rights abnegation contained in Article 12.8 was remedied.
At that stage the Bill moving the Age Referendum had not been introduced into the Oireachtas so it could have been pulled by the government. Remember that this amendment was not even in the Programme for government.
Needless to say we have received not a single reply from any government minister, Oireachtas member or faith body to our plea. Total silence.
Omerta rules! Ireland continues to make much about human rights issues abroad but is blinded by the motes in its own eyes.
The celebration of the centenary of Proclamation of the Republic takes place next year. A strange place.
Citizens to Separate Church and State wrote to the various Faith Bodies operating on the Island of Ireland asking each to support CSCS’s plea to government to stall the proposal to hold the 35th Amendment to our Constitution until such time as there is a parallel ‘Affirmation’ inserted into our Constitution to deal with the religious oath required of the President-elect at the time of his/her installation. Referendum-Letter to religious leaders-PressRelease-01-03-15
Citizens to Separate Church and State (CSCS) wrote to government on 24 February pleading for the 35th Amendment Bill to be shelved until such time as the right to make an ‘Affirmation’ was inserted into our Constitution to deal with the religious oath that the President-elect has to swear at installation. LetterCabinet-v2-Logo-20-02-15