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Family First NZ - Bob McCoskrie

Started by Mike Thomson. Last reply by Mike K. Jul 13, 2011. 4 Replies

Does Anyone listen to the Unbelieves Pod casts?

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Comment by Quinn Tane Wilkins on October 29, 2012 at 4:29am

Hello other nz atheists.

Comment by DonnaMaree Austin on August 21, 2012 at 8:20pm
Some funnies for the day, had to share. Atheism - a non-prophet organization.
q? Are atheists covered under acts of god events in their insurance policies?
Comment by Shawn Hamman on July 28, 2012 at 11:56pm

I think Iain is right, not many problems caused by the religious here. You might want to have a look at the NZARH and there's a Facebook group that opposes religion in education: https://www.facebook.com/groups/211000182273935/

Generally, Kiwiland is pretty secular and the problems aren't all that insurmountable. There are some crazies here too though, Brian Tamaki for example.

I never was terribly religious myself even though I spent an inordinate amount of time in church, Sunday school and youth groups. 

Perhaps Skeptics in the pub is more your thing? There is a group that meets regularly in Auckland.

Comment by Iain McMahon on July 28, 2012 at 11:50pm

Hi Josh,

I suspect that you might be right that there isn't much activity due to the secular nature of NZ. I think we are relatively blessed, so to speak, that we don't have massive religious vs. atheist wars here in NZ and there is not much bigotry or religion-based politics that dominates social and political discourse. I think that many Kiwis are probably atheist but have never had to think about religion and don't necessarily care about discussing it. I care, but that's because of my personal history. I'd be interested in finding a group of ex-believers (rather than people who are atheist 'by default'). I'm guessing they'd have more to say on the topic.

Comment by Josh on July 28, 2012 at 6:22pm

Hello, just joined up the other day and slightly disappointed to see that the NZ activity seems rather low. Is it because there's not that much that needs to be discussed in NZ due to the high % of non religious people? Or am I missing the active groups? Would be nice to talk about the NZ perspective.

Comment by Tammie Webster on August 26, 2011 at 8:11am

I've always wanted to come up with "the next power band" invention.

 

"through the magic of quantum physics and the discovery of some unique property of this item, you now get a plausible sounding effect for a price you are willing to pay"

 

i'll be rich, scamming people for money. Especially if I get on Oprah! I could totally get on Oprah!

Comment by Shawn Hamman on August 25, 2011 at 7:15pm
LOL, that's awesome!
Comment by Shawn Hamman on August 25, 2011 at 7:03pm

I've always thought I could make a ton of money by going into the fake rhino horn business. I mean, it doesn't actually do anything so there'd be no way to tell the face from the real once it's powdered and the stuff sells, ounce for ounce, for more than gold.

 

I figure a bit of Chemistry and some Chinese connections and I'd be filthy rich and the Rhino's would carry on living and nobody would even know the difference.

Comment by Shawn Hamman on August 25, 2011 at 6:54pm
Fair enough, you have a good point; chewing willow bark will work for pain but not nearly as well as aspirin. Now if only they could get rid of this idea that Rhino horn is good for something...
Comment by Shawn Hamman on August 25, 2011 at 6:23pm

I think the Royal Society should have been a little more critical while still endorsing regulation.

 

TCM doesn't work but neither does prayer and nobody is trying to outlaw prayer because it's not practical.

 

Regulation is the next best thing but we shouldn't be happy about it.

 

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