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 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 Chrys Stevenson on April 28, 2010 at 7:35am
Have I ever mentioned I'm really inordinately fond of atheists? Hugs everyone!
Comment by Jaume on April 26, 2010 at 5:03am
Cleanternet: "Even China, North Korea and Iran are already using a succesful website blocking system to protect the freedom and democracy."

How profoundly wrong, deluded and misguided they are: that's successful, morons!
Comment by Фелч Гроган on April 26, 2010 at 4:47am
Europe reacts to it's own anus -

http://www.cleanternet.org/
Comment by CaptainCook on April 25, 2010 at 8:29pm
http://www.27bslash6.com/easter.html

Here is a link to a most amusing chain of correspondence. I've checked it with Chrys and the link works nicely.

Enjoy, people! :-)
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 25, 2010 at 1:01am
Our old mate, Jim Wallace of the Australian Christian Lobby has been bitching about us atheists again. Strangely, 2,500 atheists at the Global Atheist Convention is not much to worry about, but they will destroy Australia's Christian heritage. Poor Jim, he has trouble getting his arguments straight - comes from reading the Bible, I expect.

Anyway, both Sean the Blogonaut and I have blogged about this today and you may want to take a look.

Sean the Blogonaut: ACL must stand up against “militant atheism”

Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear: In Which We Speak of Militant Atheists, Australian History, Girlie ...

Enjoy!
Comment by DistroMan on April 24, 2010 at 9:16am
Just asked my FB friends for some 'yes' votes.
Comment by Luke on April 24, 2010 at 9:00am
@RichardJ
Pretty appalling so far. 70% plus saying no to the ethics course.
I'll tweet it. Might help. :)
Comment by Stephen Moore on April 23, 2010 at 4:04am
Richard, I've reworded your petition. Petitions are funny things, and need to be worded just right to get as many people to sign as possible. Your wording, particularly the final sentence, could alienate many people who would otherwise support the petition.

"We the undersigned support the provision of Ethics Classes for children in NSW public primary schools as an alternative to attendance to SRE (Special Religious Education). We also agree that as the course is of a non-religious nature the trial of the Ethics Classes should be evaluated with regard to Secular Principles."
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.
 

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