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 Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on March 27, 2010 at 12:17am
I hope your find someone who is quite expialidocious.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 26, 2010 at 6:14pm
That's cool, Bruce. I've sent you a message. (And no, I'm not volunteering to be Mary Poppins!) Oh! Just had awful visual image of me as Mary, Black as Bert, and Felch as a dancing penguin! My eyes!
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 25, 2010 at 10:17pm
Neither did I lie, plagiarise, or talk about issues about which I had no expertise whatsoever - most unChristian of me. And, no, I didn't encourage Felch to change his name. That would like asking Mickey Mouse to call himself Michael - sacrilege!
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 25, 2010 at 9:59pm
I did, indeed meet Felch. He is a tall, refined gentleman with long silver hair and a beautiful British accent ... oh, wait ... no, that was AC Grayling! Felch was Felch and he was lovely. (But don't tell him I told you that!) ;-)
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 23, 2010 at 9:51pm
Oh, and I'm also pissed because of all the people who scrimped and saved and ran themselves into debt to go to that Convention and he leans back in his comfortable middle-class chair and whines that he didn't get to go for free!!!! I worked for months on the Convention and was offered a free gold pass, which I refused on principle. I paid to get in, and for my accommodaton and airfares and I'll be paying off the convention for the rest of the year. Dick did fuck all and he thinks he should have got in for free.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 23, 2010 at 9:49pm
He hasn't published my comment, but Tanya Smith's from the organizing committee confirms what I've said:

Dick - not only did you not publish my comment yesterday pointing out that you left it until only a few days before the Convention to ask for a pass - when it had been sold out for weeks (and we'd had to turn down lots of others for media passes) - but in response to Chrys you said that you offered to go to unattended sessions. As was pointed out to you at the time - there was only one session for the Convention and it was sold out so there were no unattended sessons. Stop trying to make it sound like there was space that was gleefully witheld - there was no space, but fair to say we weren't that upset about that given your attitude to the Convention.

Tanya Smith, Global Atheist Convention Coordinator
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 23, 2010 at 9:44pm
Yes, I'm pissed. I'm pissed because of all the people, including me, who worked as volunteers for months to get the convention on, only to have Dick sneeringly say he was dreading going because it was going to be boring. He hadn't even bothered checking to see what was planned to move it a notch above a dusty academic seminar. Some journalist, he couldn't even pick up a phone! When it was explained that the convention would not be boring and plans were in place to make it exciting for everyone, he just bitched some more.

He makes his living (at least in part) from being a professional atheist, but provides no support to the community or the cause other than sniping at us. He obviously makes a good living but was to cheap to buy a ticket for the Convention, and just assumed he'd get a media pass. Again, he didn't even get off his butt and ask for a media pass until shortly before the Convention. And then he has the unmitigated nerve to bitch in the national media that he's been locked out. Too right, I'm bloody pissed. The man is a moron!
Comment by Luke on March 23, 2010 at 9:23am
@ Chrys
Oh Burn!!!!!
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 23, 2010 at 5:36am
Dick Gross is still wounded at not being given free entry to the Global Atheist Convention, poor lamb. Here's his response to me - and my reply (yet to be published):

Dick here. I offered to pay but I was gleefully informed there was no room in the inn. I offered to go only to those under attended sessions and miss the blockbusters that would have been packed. All my attempts to have any involvement were rejected without hesitation. I think that is relevant for I had commented upon the Conference and it appeared that my earlier observations had contributed to my lock out. But thanks anyway for reading to the end of my blog.

Dick, it was widely publicized that tickets for the Convention were selling fast. You had plenty of time to purchase tickets if you'd really wanted to attend. If you'd purchased a ticket like everyone else and then been offered a media pass, the organizers would have refunded your money. Everyone else had to get in quick to secure their place - why do you think you should have been afforded special privileges?

There were no plenary sessions at the Convention - all sessions were held in the one, sold out Convention hall. So the organizers simply couldn't offer you the option of attending the 'lesser attended' sessions - there weren't any.

Be honest, you bitched about the convention, showed that you were more interested in being the 'lone wolf atheist' than actually writing anything based on real research, then you simply assumed you'd be given a media pass. By the time you realized you weren't as important as you though you were, all the media passes had been allocated and tickets had sold out. And, as for the organizers only inviting media who were 'on side', I believe Barney Zwartz got a media pass and he could hardly be described as a cheer leader for the atheist team. Face it, Dick, you just didn't rate.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 22, 2010 at 11:31am
Done, Jin Oh!
 

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