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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 Peter Johnson on April 23, 2010 at 3:35am
Good on you Richard. Is that a typo second word from the end? Should 'of' be 'or'?

Cheers,

PJ
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 23, 2010 at 2:31am
Hey Richard - well done! I think that there needs to be something in there that supports ethics classes being run as an alternative to SRE because that is the Christian lobby's main complaint now. The point is, if the ethics classes are not an alternative to SRE then non-religious parents or parents of parents with alternative religions are still not provided with a choice for that period.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 22, 2010 at 2:46am
NSW Ethics trial and Australian Christian Lobby - Sean the Blogonaut says it so much better than me! Please read, comment and ACT!
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 22, 2010 at 2:27am
Here is my email to Premier Keneally:

Dear Premier, I am not a resident of NSW but wish to record my support for ethics classes being offered as an alternative to religious education in NSW schools. I have always voted Labor in state and federal elections, but Labor's continued kowtowing to a vocal religious minority has me seriously reconsidering my vote at the next election. Your government's ability to stand up to the religious lobbyists and show us that your government is truly secular and represents both religious and non-religious Australians equally will help determine my vote.

Chrys Stevenson
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 22, 2010 at 2:03am
It did occur to me that there is no reason why their page couldn't be used to send messages of support for the ethics classes. ;-)
Comment by Luke on April 22, 2010 at 1:44am
I used their form to send Peter Draper message supporting the trial. He's the member for Tamworth where my nieces live. I handed out how to vote cards for him last election.

Unless someone knows a reason not to, I suggest we just use our networks to bomb the hell out of their email program.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 22, 2010 at 1:04am
RED ALERT! The Australian Christian Lobby is rallying its troops to oppose the NSW Ethics Classes.

We don't yet have a secular lobby (but we're working on it!) and we don't have a fancy website (but we're working on it!) but we DO have great online networks and passionate campaigners.

Please share this message and ask your contacts to share it too. Ask those who believe that Ethics Classes should be offered as an alternative to Religious Education in state schools to make their opinions known to the media and their political representatives.

Here's what the ACL suggests THEIR people do:

We need local church members, pastors, SRE teachers and students to speak up and let their local MP know that SRE matters.

UNITE – join with thousands of Christians by downloading our petition. The more signatures the greater our influence in parliament.


INFLUENCE – tell your local state pollie you care about school scripture. How else can they represent you if they don’t know how you feel?


SPREAD THE WORD – write to your local newspaper or any of the state-wide newspapers and get the message out!

Now WE need to do the same!

By the way, if you don't know who your local representative is, the ACL has an easy find link on the page below. Just plug in your postcode and the name of the people you should contact will come up. Very handy! ;-)

No go to it! We have the networks. Spread the word!
Comment by La Gaya Sienza on April 21, 2010 at 9:26am
My last comment needed an edit so here it is again edited:

Hey, Kid, fantastic video on the pope and that whole rotten, imoral edifice called the church.

Being a gay man who is appalled at pedophilia (as any normal decent person would be) I was gutted when that arsehole 2iC in Rome started blaming homosexuality for the problem. As a child I was abused by a man in the church, a respected pillar of society who was married with 3 kids. He was a choirmaster; a religious tubthumper who'd quote scripture at teh drop of a hat. Turned out he'd also been abusing his young daughters and half the other kids in the church, boys and girls. There was nothing gay about this guy - he just had a pathological attraction to children male or female. He's in jail now and I and others (including his grandaughter - yes even his grandaughter) got compensation. But I have an enduring loathing for pedophiles whether gay, straight, priest or parishioner. And I have a hatred for the church hierachy that for so long protected the mongrels.

Well, got that out of my system!

I've already started sending the video to my friends (and enemies) worldwide.

Thanks again for your great input, Kid and all those who posted on it.

Cheers

Rob
Comment by La Gaya Sienza on April 21, 2010 at 8:09am
Hey, Kid, fantastic video on the pope and that whole rotten, imoral edifice called the church.

Being a gay man who is appalled at pedophilia, like any normal decent person would be, I was gutted when that arsehole 2iC in Rome started blaming homosexuality for the problem. As a child I was abused by a man in the church, a respected pillar of society who was married with 3 kids. He was a choirmaster. Turned out he'd also been abusing his young daughters and half the other kids in the church, boys and girls. There was nothing gay about this guy - he just had a pathological attraction to children male or female. He's in jail now and I and others got compensation. But I have an enduring loathing for pedophiles whether gay, straight, priest or parishioner. And I have a hatred for the church hierachy that for so long protected the mongrels.

Well, got that out of my system!

I've already started sending the video to my friends (and enemies) worldwide.

Thanks again for your great input, Kid and all those who posted on it.

Cheers

Rob
Comment by Luke on April 21, 2010 at 2:20am
@kid. Great find on the video. Blogged and Tweeted. Commented on reddit. :)
 

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