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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 Chrys Stevenson on November 20, 2009 at 6:10pm
Re Doug's letter in The Australian - There's a comments section under the letters if anyone wishes to add something.
Comment by Luke on November 20, 2009 at 5:49pm
Go Doug!!!!!!!!
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 20, 2009 at 5:12pm
Great letter from Aussie AN member (and my cousin) Doug in The Australian today:

"SENATOR Nick Xenophon deserves thanks for speaking out on crackpot religions that claim tax benefits and at the same time cause damage to vulnerable people.

I think it’s time for a government inquiry, possibly a royal commission, into the practices of fringe religious organisations.

While I’m all for freedom of religion (and freedom from religion if people choose), there must be controls placed on the secretive activities of some groups which are cloaked in the guise of religious beliefs."
Doug Steley, Cowwarr, Vic
Comment by Russell Blackford on November 18, 2009 at 6:16am
Yay, for Mr Embiggen!
Comment by Luke on November 18, 2009 at 5:55am
Thankyou Kristy.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 18, 2009 at 5:42am
Welcome home, Luke!
Comment by Luke on November 18, 2009 at 5:33am
@ Russel: Bought your book from Mr Embiggen on Sunday. :)
Comment by Russell Blackford on November 17, 2009 at 11:53pm
Oh, and that interview is live at 11.50 am.
Comment by Robert Tobin on November 17, 2009 at 11:47pm
Kristy, Yes you can add my name as well and say how much I hate Religion and its lies and fraud. I have joined the two Groups you mentioned.

I would also suggest to Mr. Xenophon that alll religions should be investigated, especially the Roman Catholic Church.
Comment by Russell Blackford on November 17, 2009 at 11:43pm
Some may be interested to know that I'll be interviewed on Radio Australia tomorrow (Thursday) about 50 Voices of Disbelief. I'm hoping it will go as well as the Point of Inquiry Interview I did a couple of weeks ago seemed to.

Radio Australia (you can listen online): http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/waystolisten/

The Point of Inquiry interview with DJ Grothe: http://www.pointofinquiry.org/russell_blackford_50_voices_of_disbel...
 

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