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 Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on February 19, 2009 at 11:08pm
Nice material, Andy. And great links.
Comment by Mr Embiggen on February 19, 2009 at 9:00pm
And a freethinking welcome from me too.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on February 19, 2009 at 7:50pm
Welcome Andy!
Comment by Andy on February 19, 2009 at 6:31pm
Hi all. Just joined the group.
Glad to be a part of the thriving kiwi/aussie atheist community (I prefer the term freethinker but who cares?). Pop over to my blog and have a read: http://wehaveavoice.net.
Comment by Mr Embiggen on February 13, 2009 at 9:28pm
Thank you Kristy and everyone. And thanks for the plug for the shop especially. It's our way of forming some sustained day to day effort for science and reason et al. We do come in to contact with a wide range of supernatural believers on a weekly basis, but fortunately we also meet dozens of scientists, and other users of reason. But it's our monthly atheist session down the pub which truly keeps us sane and its much better than having to drive all the way to Brisbane for our rationality fix.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on February 13, 2009 at 2:02am
I'd like to welcome Mr Embiggen to our group. Mr 'Big' is part of our Sunshine Coast atheists group and he owns a fabulous rational bookshop at Noosa. Check out the link on his profile - (or see the blurb on Embiggen Books above).
Comment by Mr Embiggen on February 13, 2009 at 1:19am
Hello Comrades. I'm long overdue joining you here please forgive my tardiness. And big thanks Kristy for everything you've done with the submission, it's more than a tad fabulous! See you soon. x
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on January 19, 2009 at 12:33am
No qualifications required to join this group, Rosemary - apart from an interest in religion and atheism in Australia. Everybody is welcome here.
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on January 18, 2009 at 11:48pm
I am not sure whether I actually qualify for this group, but I am here anyway. While I am an Australian citizen and definitely think like an Ozzie, I have been living Up Over in California, USA for 9 years.

I missed most of the Howard era, for which I am grateful, but arrived just in time for the commencement of the Great Idiocy period in the US. That was worse.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on January 9, 2009 at 2:37am
Welcome Kevin!
 

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