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 Jason Brown on November 17, 2010 at 11:55pm
@CaptainCook Funny you should mention that, Meryl recently let her dog die of a snake bite. She blogged about it.
Comment by CaptainCook on November 16, 2010 at 6:16pm
I don't think I know any anti-vaccination fanatics, so can't ask then this question. If Mad Merryn (or whatever her name is) was travelling and her child was bitten by a dog or monkey, would she take her child to a clinic for anti-rabies shots, or let the kid take its chances?
Comment by CaptainCook on November 11, 2010 at 6:32pm
http://www.smh.com.au/world/outcry-over-death-sentence-for-blasphem...

How repellent! Thank goodness it's okay now to bag Apollo, Odin and so on.
Comment by DistroMan on November 2, 2010 at 5:33am
Terminal 'mind closure' is a disease not exclusive to the theists unfortunately. They have most of it, but not all. :)
Comment by DistroMan on November 1, 2010 at 7:17pm
One would hope so. I love saying 'one'. :)
Comment by DistroMan on October 31, 2010 at 11:55pm
Just got an email from Fred Nile. I'm pretty sure he's suffering under the delusion that I'm religious. :)

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Thank you for your email regarding retaining Scripture in schools and for continuing in prayer with us at this critical time.

Attached is our latest petition, which you may care to circulate among your family, friends and neighbours.

If you can, why don't you join us at our next meeting, where I will give an update of what happens in parliament? See attached flyer (one for you and one for a friend).

We must continue our stand for righteousness for the sake of our children and nation.

Yours sincerely
Rev Hon Fred Nile MLC
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The Petition reads:

The Petition of the citizens of New South Wales who state that we:
Oppose the new proposed secular humanist Ethics Course in NSW Public Schools, which is contrary to the long‐held Government policy that no other classes can be held at the same time as the legally approved Scripture Classes (Special Religious Education SRE). As these new Ethics Classes are being promoted to all children, not only those whose parents have withdrawn children from Scripture Classes, they are now in direct competition with the long‐held, approved Scripture Classes which are conducted by approved Church representatives in accordance with the NSW Education Act 1990.
Your petitioners call on the House to support the cancellation of the Ethics Course and express its support for the Scripture Classes (SRE). And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.
Comment by Vangelis Stamatopoulos on October 29, 2010 at 4:13pm
Just added my vote. 95% No, 4% Yes. Does that mean that we only exist 99% of the time? Must be a quantum thing. But seriously, I wish they would give numbers of voters. I like to know the voting turnout in these things.
Comment by WiggidyGirl on October 28, 2010 at 8:59pm
The internet is where religions come to die :-)
Comment by CaptainCook on October 27, 2010 at 8:38pm
Chrys, I also have attended to this. :-)
Comment by Douglas Clifford on October 27, 2010 at 8:29pm
Chrys, I have added my "NO" to the Chronicles question
 

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