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: 347
Latest Activity: Oct 31

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 Luke on April 8, 2010 at 9:33am
We've had the biosphere and the atmosphere for at least 6000 years. :P Recently we came up with the term blogosphere.

I want to start calling the wacky doings of our theistic friends the religiosphere.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 7, 2010 at 1:39am
Hey Kid, someone posted a perfect collective noun for atheists on Twitter the other day: a reason of atheists!
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 6, 2010 at 11:14pm
An article on my personal experience at the Global Atheist Convention has just been published in Atheist Alliance International's "Secular Nation" magazine. You can read it here: Atheist in Wonderland

Atheist Nexus members will see some familiar names and faces. ;-)
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 6, 2010 at 4:15am
Drivel I can live with.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 6, 2010 at 1:30am
Now, just remind me, Pell doesn't actually issue fatwas, does he?
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 6, 2010 at 1:08am
Now THAT would have been funny!
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 5, 2010 at 11:52pm
Richard, once the blog is out there, I have no control over how it's used.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 5, 2010 at 10:38pm
Hey all! I don't often blog these days, but the recent unprecedented attacks on atheists by Australian clergy prompted this response: "We Didn't Start the Fire". I've posted it on the Sunshine Coast Atheists new website. I hope some of you will read, comment and, if you like it, pass it on through your own networks.
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on April 5, 2010 at 9:17am
It is time we proclaimed - loudly and often - that freedom to practise the religion of one's choice does NOT include the right to practice aspects of it which cause significant or permanent harm to others, no matter how important these aspects may be to the integrity of the person's subjective belief system.

"Freedom of religion" does not include the freedom to harm people in the name of religion.
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on April 5, 2010 at 8:52am
Check out my response to the attack mounted on Melbourne Convention atheists by the Vice Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University.

http://www.atheistnexus.org/profiles/blogs/australian-vice-chancellor
 

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