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Aussie, Kiwi & South Pacific Atheists

A group for networking and friendship between atheists in the Australian/New Zealand/South Pacific region, and for discussion of political and religious topics relevant to these regions.

Members: 347
Latest Activity: Oct 31, 2014

Aussie, Kiwi and South Pacific Atheists

This group is hosted by Richard J and Chrys Stevenson


Another High Court Challenge Against the National School Chaplaincy Program

Website: http://www.highcourtchallenge.com

Breaking News! After successfully challenging the Commonwealth government in the High Court of Australia over funding for the National School Chaplaincy Scheme, Ron Williams is to take them on again.  In an attempt to circumvent the High Court ruling, the government has passed some extremely questionable legislation which tears at the heart of parliamentary democracy and public accountability.  Williams has consulted with his crack legal team and the decision has been made today (Saturday, 7 July) to mount another challenge.

For more information see here:  

http://thatsmyphilosophy.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/its-on-williams-to-return-to-the-high-court-on-chaplaincy-issue/

Mounting a High Court challenge is extremely expensive and Ron Williams is just an average, suburban Dad.  If all of us who care about a secular, democratic Australia can chip in as much as we can, it will help enormously.  Please consider donating at:  

http://www.highcourtchallenge.com/

This is your chance to be a part of making Australian Constitutional history!


Embiggen Books - Your Australian Atheist/Skeptical Bookshop

Embiggen Books, an Australian bookstore devoted to promoting science, philosophy, rationalism and skepticism is now on Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Warren Bonett and Kirsty Bruce of Embiggen are also passionate and active members of the atheist and skeptical communities.

Australian Atheist Issues

For new members, if you want to get a grasp of some of the issues effecting atheists in Australia, you might like to take a look at the Atheist Nexus (Australia) submission on "Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century" made to the Australian Human Rights Commission early last year. It's long, but easy reading, and worth spending some time on. A report, using information compiled from submissions, should be released later this year.

Atheist Meetup Groups - Australia

If you'd like to meet up with some local atheists, there's no better way than joining your local Atheist Meetup, Skeptics, or Freethought Groups:

Adelaide Atheists
Ballarat Atheists
Brisbane Atheists
Canberra Social Skeptics
Melbourne Atheists
Launceston Skeptics
Macarthur Atheists (Macarthur Region, Sydney (NSW)
Perth Atheists
Perth Skeptics
Sunshine Coast Atheists
Sydney Atheists
Sydney Freethinkers
Western Sydney Freethinkers
Wollongong Skeptics Society

Have we missed your meetup group? Just let me know and I'll add it in.

Discussion Forum

Question from a visitor.

Started by Ted E Bear. Last reply by Chrys Stevenson Jan 17, 2013. 6 Replies

Naughty corner for not attending R.E? Yes, this is in NZ folks!!!

Started by Therese Monteath-Carr. Last reply by Blamer on twitter Dec 10, 2012. 3 Replies

Pell v Dawkins: this Monday

Started by Phillip A. Ellis. Last reply by Alice Apr 17, 2012. 3 Replies

Any Hamiltonian skeptics out there?

Started by Leela Moses Nov 16, 2011. 0 Replies

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Comment by Russell Blackford on November 17, 2009 at 11:43pm
Some may be interested to know that I'll be interviewed on Radio Australia tomorrow (Thursday) about 50 Voices of Disbelief. I'm hoping it will go as well as the Point of Inquiry Interview I did a couple of weeks ago seemed to.

Radio Australia (you can listen online): http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/waystolisten/

The Point of Inquiry interview with DJ Grothe: http://www.pointofinquiry.org/russell_blackford_50_voices_of_disbel...
Comment by Martin Pribble on November 17, 2009 at 9:45pm
Kristy feel free to add my name to the letter to Mr Xenophon. If you want some extra support, I suggest joining and announcing this at http://atheisthitsquad.com and http://thinkatheist.com also. Both excellent resources of which i am a member.
Comment by atuanui on November 17, 2009 at 9:43pm
No send them a doll with pins sticking into it.:)
Comment by Jake Farr-Wharton on November 17, 2009 at 9:16pm
Dear all, I've posted part one of my interview with author of the soon to be released biblical analysis "God Hates You. Hate Him Back" CJ Werleman at my blog RustyLime.com. View the article.

The author has written an incredibly meticulous analysis of the bible, this makes factual biblical debate possible for those who can't bring themselves to write the bible. He is also hilarous and clearly enjoys ripping the bible a new hell-hole. Peace!
Comment by Talen Lee on November 5, 2009 at 7:12am
I'm an antitheist, in my own summation of it, because I believe that any god-human relationship is inimical to human dignity. It's a willing slavery, and what makes it sicker is that the slaves don't have a master, so they're making one up.
Comment by Fox Lee on November 5, 2009 at 6:00am
Speaking for myself, I'm already an antitheist, for reasons famously nailed by Epicurus (and an overall unwillingless to revere any individual as a master - being a god doesn't change that). I don't know about "most" though.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 5, 2009 at 3:28am
Not necessarily. Some atheists simply do not believe in deities, but aren't necessarily opposed to other people believing in them. I would put myself in that category if theists would only stop trying to impose their views on me through political policy, and desist from making the lives of people in poor and third-world countries worse by preaching against contraception, condom use, etc. and imposing tithes on those who can least afford it.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 5, 2009 at 1:59am
Another point which should be raised in this discussion is, "If it was proven beyond any doubt that the God of the Old Testament existed, would you become a theist?" My answer would be, "If such proof were available, I would obviously no longer be an atheist, but neither would that make me a theist (in the sense of someone who not only 'believes in' but also 'worships' a deity). If the God of the Old Testament materialized, I would transition from atheist to anti-theist - someone who opposes a cruel, despotic, irrational and capricious deity, no matter how fruitless that opposition may be in the face of his omnipotence. I'd go down fighting."
Comment by Fox Lee on November 4, 2009 at 7:54pm
At least for extraordinary claims like the existence of a god, the lack of evidence is enough "proof" to give a positive "no". The faithful like to seize upon any admission of "I can't prove gods don't exist" as proof that your viewpoint is weak and unproveable, but do we consider ourselves agnostic when thinking about the existence of fairies or dragons? Are we bullied into admitting that there is a possibility that we could be living in the Matrix and we just don't know it?

We can be as certain that there is no god as we can be certain about anything. So as long as we are to respect any fact - say, gravity or germ theory or the knowledge that if we shoot ourselves in the face we will end up dead - it's only sensible to say that factually, there are no gods.
Comment by Talen Lee on November 4, 2009 at 6:27pm
Mine is a cruel little sprite who reads my comics when I'm out of the bedroom and pees in any hats you leave around.
 

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