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: 340
Latest Activity: Mar 1

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 CaptainCook on September 5, 2010 at 1:36am
Re Rigbyt's comment--I have been patiently waiting for someone to come out and declare that the Pakistani floods are god's punishment for their wicked ways--assassinations, Taliban-harbouring, corrupt government, cricket-fixing--but no. According to some nutty preacher, the Victorian bushfires were supposed to have been 'god's' wrath for allowing abortions.

Which reminds me, of course, of the incredible doublethink (it's called cognitive dissonance) so much (all?) of humanity indulges in. Abortion is a no-no, but not homicidal terrorist bombings--not sending a generation's youth to fight wars . . . (As far as I know, the WW2 conflict was the only justifiable war in history--though aspects of it were not--Dresden, for example. But that is a different argument.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on September 3, 2010 at 4:17pm
Hope all our Atheist Nexus friends and their families in Christchurch are OK.
Comment by WiggidyGirl on September 3, 2010 at 4:14pm
Oh wow!!
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on September 2, 2010 at 9:09pm
Queensland Humanists: Queensland Humanists panel discussion on cults, featuring Helen Pomery ex of the Brisbane Christian Fellowship. Brisbane CBD 26/9 1pm. I'll be there - hope to see anyone in or around Brissie who can make it. More info here.
RSVPs can be made on Facebook here.
Comment by Luke on August 23, 2010 at 6:42am
The sex party got 1567 to family first's 2364 votes for the senate in Wide Bay booths. No-one was handing out for the sex party here (as far as I know). We were handing out in Tamworth instead.

The dumb fundy over the road was the FF candidate. He nearly turned inside out when I told him I was handing out for the sex party.

http://vtr.aec.gov.au/SenateDivisionFirstPrefsByVoteType-15508-178.htm
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on August 23, 2010 at 5:48am
Christian Democrats in Canning WA got 2,152 votes, as opposed to ALP 26,918, Liberal 29,721, Family First 901 (tee-hee!), Greens 5191 and Citizens Electeral Council 342. They got 3.3% of the vote with a .5% swing. Apparently cool waistcoats do not an election victory make.
Results here.
Comment by Douglas Clifford on August 23, 2010 at 5:21am
I was handing out Greens HTV leaflets @ a Canning booth (Western Australia) on Saturday. The Christian Democrats had a team, tall, good-looking guys, with camaraderie and bonhomie, constantly changing throughout the day, with Hi-Vis "waistcoats"; obviously very-well organized. Does any one know how they went as a percentage of the total vote?
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on August 22, 2010 at 2:48am
Well, funky, even if, like a politician, we only hear from you during an election, it's still lovely to hear from you.
Comment by WiggidyGirl on August 21, 2010 at 2:39am
I had a great pleasure in putting Fred Nile's group and Family First dead last on my vote :)
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on August 21, 2010 at 2:06am
Nice to hear from you, funkq! :-)
 

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