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 Luke on December 15, 2009 at 6:30am
There's a ning group now. http://nocleanfeed.ning.com/
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on December 15, 2009 at 6:19am
Is anyone planning a march, Luke? I've never been in a protest march in my life, but I'd join one against this. Let us know if you hear about one.
Comment by Luke on December 15, 2009 at 6:04am
nocleanfeed petition signed :)
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on December 15, 2009 at 5:23am
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on December 15, 2009 at 5:21am
Do you oppose censoring internet in Australia? Let Rudd know and sign the petition and let your contacts know about it. Over 30,000 signatures so far.
Comment by Jake Farr-Wharton on December 14, 2009 at 8:23pm
lobbying for euthanasia has to be the most important secular issue facing us at the moment.

As much as we like to bag religious programmes, the chaplaincy program helps kids who need attention or help and they do actually provide a useful service.
That said, Churches also provide a meaningful service to some parts of some communities. I don't believe that tax exemptions should be abolished, but I most certainly thing that should be reviewed. Tax exemption should only be awarded to those who can show that their community being enriched by their presence (in more than the etherial or spiritual or BS sense).
Equitable funding for state (or more specifically non-religious schools) should absolutely be reviewed. Private education should be accessible, and not just via the poor man's alternative - catholic schools.
Gay marriage and equality is still an issue, but this is absolutely gaining ground and momentum by its self.

My Grandfather passed away recently in a nursing home that he never wanted to be put in. He suffered for a year and a half with demensia after a stroke and was a vocal advocate for euthanasia. Strong regulations and a hearty beauracracy would ensure an equitable and humane euthanasia program that would all but abolish needless suffering for all involved (i.e. it is never just the patient, the extended family is also affected when a loved one deteriorates). We euthanaise our pets when their suffering is too great or the financial cost is too outrageous, humans should be allowed the same.

Peace
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on December 14, 2009 at 8:23pm
@Black - The Australian Secular Lobby is on the case. I'll see what info I can get from them and post it to a discussion, seeing as there is so much interest in this area. In fact, I'll invite the dashing but dastardly Dan Dare to explain it to us!
Comment by Graeme Shalders on December 14, 2009 at 7:54pm
I'd nominate the chaplain issue for the same reason given by Lord S = qualified and most appropriate people to deal with the issues of young students are counsellors not some fairy-tale believing noong who will tell them that prayer is the answer.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on December 14, 2009 at 7:40pm
@RichardJ - no news on funding. I don't believe the Convention will receive government funding. It is discriminatory, but I think the AFA have probably done all they can, short of legal action.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on December 14, 2009 at 6:51pm
OK, while I have you all here, I need some input. If atheists were to tackle one (or more) major projects during the coming year, what do you think should be the major focus? E.g. stop school chaplains programme, lobby for religious tax exemptions to be stopped, equitable funding for state schools, euthanasia, gay marriage ....? Don't limit yourself to these - let me know what's top of your agenda for change ...
 

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