Aussie, Kiwi & South Pacific Atheists

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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: 349
Latest Activity: Apr 3

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 Jeremy. 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 Фелч Гроган on May 20, 2010 at 2:59am
Hitch on ABC Lateline tonight.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on May 19, 2010 at 10:22pm
It's not something I'd be interested in. I'm not concerned about being provocative just for the sake of it. If someone has a good reason for drawing Mohammed or wants to draw a cartoon depicting him, I absolutely support their right to do so. But a bunch of people doing it on Facebook seems to me like a group of naughty school kids standing on the oval and chanting "Catholic dogs, jump like frogs, over the holy water!" as the kids from the local Catholic school walk past.
Comment by CaptainCook on May 11, 2010 at 8:46pm
Here's an opportunity for Aussie and Kiwi Atheists to be involved in an important conservation issue.
http://www.marine.org.au/
This needs our support.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on May 11, 2010 at 8:23pm
Please pass this message on through your networks.

Kyle from SBS's Insight program is interested in hearing from parents about their experiences re religion and ethics teaching in schools OUTSIDE of NSW.

This is an opportunity to broaden the reach of what's happening in NSW. I strongly encourage you to pass this info on to people you know in other States so they can email Kyle asap.

His email is kylet at sbs dot com dot au
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on May 10, 2010 at 6:49am
Please support a new young Australian atheist blogger, Scott Sharrad. Scott Sharrad of the Adelaide Atheists has just started his new blog: Just Another Heathen: The Musings of an Atheist in the City of Churches. His first post about Abbott's misguided comments on global warming to school children is well worth a read. Let's encourage our new young bloggers - please read and comment!
Comment by Jake Farr-Wharton on May 10, 2010 at 4:49am
Thanks Chrys, registering now.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on May 10, 2010 at 4:46am
No, it's not free, but it's cheap. $30 for the Sunday. Details and registration here.
Comment by Jake Farr-Wharton on May 10, 2010 at 4:21am
We're recording ep 3 of the Imaginary Friends Show podcast on Saturday, so I'm going to be shot. I was hoping to come by on Sunday to see some of the talks and maybe do some 'voices on the street' recording. Can't find a price for tickets though, is it a free-bee?
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on May 10, 2010 at 3:45am
Yes, Jake it's here: Humanist Convention Programme

Also, I've told Maria I'm happy to host a yum cha brunch at King of Kings in Fortitude Valley on the Saturday for those not attending the Humanists AGM. Let me know if you're interested in that.

Chrys
Comment by Jake Farr-Wharton on May 10, 2010 at 3:04am
Hi Guys, any idea of whether there is a program for the Humanist Convention this weekend?
 

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