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 Chrys Stevenson on September 8, 2008 at 4:16pm
Hi Andrew! Welcome!
Comment by Andrew on September 8, 2008 at 8:25am
hey everyone, i just joined so im still finding my way around. i am so happy to find an australian group on here, yaaay! i look forward to talking to many of you in the near future.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on September 2, 2008 at 4:32pm
I was chatting with Brother Richard yesterday and he said they'd had a little programming hiccup last week - maybe the Member Map was a victim of that. He said they're working hard to put back anything that was lost as quickly as possible.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on September 2, 2008 at 4:23pm
Speaking of networking, what happened to the member map ?
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on September 1, 2008 at 5:54am
Oh, by the way, Sean the Blogonaut and I met up a couple of weeks ago. Sean and his wife were travelling in Queensland and, serendipitously, were passing through our area. Sean and I had only met on Nexus a few weeks prior so it was a great opportunity to start some face-to-face networking. Sean and his wife were delightful company. We had a barbecue lunch and then (as so often happens at our place) they stayed on for breakfast! Has anyone else met up with people they met on Atheist Nexus?
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on September 1, 2008 at 5:50am
One would have hoped an intelligent man like Rudd might have read just a little bit on evolution. I'm a total dunce when it comes to science but just a couple of basic texts settled the myth of 'randomness' for me.
Comment by Laurence Depiazzi on September 1, 2008 at 1:32am
Kevin Rudd gives an account of his creationist belief here. His fallacious reasoning is obvious but all too common in our society. It is a pity that our PM does not spend more on scientific research of our origins rather than indulging in an unproductive belief.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on August 30, 2008 at 7:26pm
For anyone interested in hearing Barack Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention, here's the link to the video.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on August 30, 2008 at 2:34pm
Anyone heard of / read this ?

The Purple Economy is defined as ‘the wealth generated by the eternal mass exemption from taxation of religious organizations, their subsidiaries and their charitable arms.’ Max Wallace argues democracies should be republics characterized by constitutional separations of church and state. He also argues it is not the role of a state to ‘advance religion’ through the myriad of tax breaks supernatural organizations receive by virtue of centuries old charity law. These are tithes by stealth imposed on secular taxpayers without their consent. The book concludes that supernatural organizations should pay tax like any other corporation with the same deductions allowable for charitable work.
Comment by Stephen Moore on August 28, 2008 at 9:52am
Found the TT story on YouTube:

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=0wqRAJrl0eA
 

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