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 Chrys Stevenson on November 27, 2009 at 3:52pm
It's probably worth noting that the attitude of the Victorian government highlights the need for atheists to support the Global Atheist Convention.

Speakers will include: PZ Myers, Richard Dawkins, Dan Barker, Phillip Adams, AC Grayling Robyn Williams, Lyn Allison, Taslima Nasrin, and many more. Also, it's just been announced that entertainment for the event will be headlined by Julian Morrow and Craig Reucassel from The Chaser's War on Everything.

The event is going to be huge. Ticket sales are about to top 1,500, easily on target to reach over 2,000 by March.

The more people we can get to attend this Convention, the louder the signal it will send to Australian politicians and the religious right that we've had enough of religious dogma guiding political policy in this country. Please, if you haven't registered yet, go to the Convention website and book your place.

As Nicholls says, this is going to be the largest gathering of freethinkers in Australia's history - and it's our chance to make a stand.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 27, 2009 at 2:36pm
Rosemary, the time has certainly come when we need to get more professional (and united) in our approach to government. This is certainly something that will be discussed seriously, over many beers, at the Global Atheist Convention. We have to take this to the 'next level' and soon.
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on November 27, 2009 at 2:35pm
Sorry for the loooooooooooong sentences. Please take a couple of breaths now.
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on November 27, 2009 at 2:34pm
Kid wrote:
"I think it is time now that we all started to very seriously take a close look at all our politicians and see what it is that they truly believe."

I am reminded that the Women's Electoral Lobby did a great deal to raise the consciousness of the public about authority-spawned discrimination against women by publishing the results of survey interviews with every politician running for office. The trick is to develop a questionairre which not only shows up prejudice for what it is by contrasting the replies to some questions with the replies to others, but also to "divide and conquer" by revealing that parties are only interested in supporting the views of their own particular brand of doctrinal prejudice and are not really any more tolerant of others than they are towards those who have opted completely out of the religious and ideological ball game.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 27, 2009 at 2:19pm
This little gem also in The Age today:

OF COURSE the Government gave money to the Parliament of World Religions and not the atheists' conference. They have a lot more invisible friends to accommodate.

Andrew Dixon, Glen Waverley
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 27, 2009 at 2:15pm
Great response in today's Age letters re Senator Fielding likening gay marriage to incest:

Lunacy's last stand
STEVE Fielding's remarks that gay marriage is akin to incest (The Age, 27/11) indicate that he is a "great Christian" in a long line of "great Christians". I grew up in South Africa, where other "great Christians" determined that it was an abomination in the sight of God for a black man to marry a white woman, or vice versa. They argued that if God had intended such "miscegenation" he would have made us all coffee coloured. They quoted passages from the Bible about the ''hewers of wood and the drawers of water'' to prove that black people were ordained by God to be servants, not husbands or wives to white people.

They presented other arguments about how red ants and black ants maintain separate nests, supposed further indication that black people and white people (there were no red people) should not marry.

Unfortunately for Fielding, his brethren on the lunatic fringe of Christianity no longer run South Africa. He could, however, relocate to ''Oranje'', where the inbred hate-mongers, bigots, racists and homophobes have made their last stand. There he will be celebrated for his "great Christian beliefs".

And I thought the central doctrine of Christ's teaching was one of love. That must be why I'm not a "great Christian". Something for which I am eternally grateful.

Andy Schmulow, Melbourne

Yay Andy Schmulow, whoever you are!!!!
Comment by Stephen Moore on November 27, 2009 at 6:05am
Just for posterity...


One also wonders if the Kindness Krusade is run by Kristians.
Comment by Simon Miller on November 27, 2009 at 5:49am
Just popped over to comment on the Parliament of the World's Religions Facebook page: "I hope you will put the $250 million of mostly secular Australian taxpayers' money to good use. You can't all be right, you know."
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 27, 2009 at 2:01am
Well done, Martin!
Comment by Martin Pribble on November 27, 2009 at 1:56am
wrote a small piece on the lack of funding to the Atheists Convention
http://www.atheistnexus.org/profiles/blogs/victorian-government-ref...

Enjoy!
 

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