It was on this date, February 2, 1882, that Irish author James Joyce was born James Augustine Aloysius Joyce in Dublin, the son of a Roman Catholic mother and an underachieving father. James Joyce’s early education was from Irish Jesuits, who (he said) taught him to think straight — but he rejected their religion while very young, considering it “black magic.” “I confess that I do not see what good it does to fulminate against the English tyranny while the Roman tyranny occupies the palace of the soul,” said Joyce. “For me there is only one alternative to scholasticism, scepticism.”…
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Originally published February 2004 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.
In opposing religion in the Irish Constitution, Yeats said, "Once you attempt legislation on religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution."