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: Oct 17

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

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Naughty corner for not attending R.E? Yes, this is in NZ folks!!!

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Pell v Dawkins: this Monday

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Any Hamiltonian skeptics out there?

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Comment by Chrys Stevenson on July 15, 2010 at 2:11am
Just put up a new blog post that some of you may be interested in. It's called: A Case Against School Chaplaincy - Part One: A Fox in the Hen-house.

"To me, the fundamental flaw in the national school chaplaincy program is that the government is specifically hiring evangelical Christians to go into state schools – and then telling them not to evangelise. It’s like hiring a fox to look after the hen-house under strict instructions it’s not to eat the chickens: the directive is neither fair to the chickens nor the fox."
Comment by WiggidyGirl on July 12, 2010 at 5:44pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/10590214.stm

The Vatican has seen its third consecutive financial loss, with a 4.1m euros (£3.4m; $5.2m) deficit in 2009.

It saw revenues of 250.2m euros against expenses of 254.3m euros.
But annual donations from churches worldwide - known as Peter's Pence - were up by about 9% in 2009 at $82.52m.

Most of the Vatican's outlay was to cover the activities of Pope Benedict XVI, and services such as Vatican Radio which is broadcast on five continents in 40 different languages.
It said it also faced costly improvements to its telecommunication system while restoring cultural treasures and ensuring security added to the bill.

The Vatican began publishing annual financial reports in 1981 when Pope John Paul II set out to challenge perceptions that the Vatican was rich.

In 2008, the Vatican lost 900,000 euros but in 2007 saw a 9.1m euro deficit.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on July 12, 2010 at 8:24am
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on July 8, 2010 at 1:49am
Marquez Comelab of the Progressive Atheists, Victoria, has asked me if Atheist Nexus (Australia) would like to add our name to a video he has made in support of a secular Australia. Personally, I can see no reason why not, and I have given him permission to add my name (as an individual supporter) to the closing section of the video. However, Atheist Nexus Australia is not 'mine' but yours. So if anyone has any objections, let me know. I'll give it until Monday, 8 July before getting back to Marquez. If you'd like to add your name to the video as an individual supporter, contact marquez at reasonism dot org .

Comment by WiggidyGirl on July 7, 2010 at 12:25am
I've sent him an email asking if he'd like to respond.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on July 7, 2010 at 12:06am
Thanks Wiggidy - that's what I feared.
Comment by WiggidyGirl on July 6, 2010 at 11:15pm
They would be interesting questions. I can ask him if he's interested in talking to you.

I will tell you that my brother would be kind and understanding and wouldn't push his beliefs on anyone but would probably tell the teenage boy (if he were asked what is the right thing according to Christianity) that according to God homosexuality is a sin, and he would likely support the teenage girl but advise (if he were asked) that abortion is wrong.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on July 6, 2010 at 10:37pm
I'd be interested to know what he would say to a teenage boy who approached him about having a sexual attraction to other boys, or to a teenage girl who was pregnant and wanted to talk about her options, including abortion. I'd also be interested to know what is the point of being a chaplain if you are not allowed to evangelise. Surely a chaplain who is not allowed to share the gospel offers no more to school children than any other unqualified adult - unless there is an argument that Christians (even without being able to evangelise) are able to offer better friendship and advice to teenagers than secular Australians or people of other faiths?
Comment by WiggidyGirl on July 6, 2010 at 10:31pm
My brother is a chaplain at a TAFE in NSW, not sure if that's what you're after?
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on July 6, 2010 at 10:26pm
I'm planning a blog post on chaplains in Australian state schools. If you or any of your friends or contacts have information about evangelising by chaplains in Australian state schools, I'd appreciate your stories. I'm at avalonbythelake at yahoo dot com dot au . My blog is at: http://thatsmyphilosophy.wordpress.com
 

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