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: 343
Latest Activity: Oct 31, 2014

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 WiggidyGirl on July 6, 2010 at 9:19pm
If you read the comments to the article posted by Luke, you will see that there are a lot of comments from moderate muslims condemming the group and saying that Hizb ut-Tahrir doesn't represent all Muslims, (or "True" Islam, whatever that might be). Only 500 people out of over 340,000 Muslims in Australia (or over 180,000 Muslims in NSW) attended the conference.
Comment by WiggidyGirl on July 5, 2010 at 1:55am
What I don't get about Sharia law is that if God/Allah is the only one allowed to create law, why don't we leave it to Him to enforce it? Why do they allow religious leaders to interpret His law and possibly corrupt it? Or don't they have faith the He will cut off the theif's hand Himself?
Comment by Luke on July 5, 2010 at 12:26am
LEADERS of the global Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir have called on Australian Muslims to spurn secular democracy and Western notions of moderate Islam and join the struggle for a transnational Islamic state.


Read more:

I'm not a huge fan of the "Love it or leave it" brigade. I find them jingoistic and xenophobic. However, this is an attempt to curtail my democratic rights and freedoms by undermining the secular nature of Australian society. So: Love it or leave it, towel head!

Aaaaaaaaaah. That felt good. Thanks for reading. :)
Comment by Luke on June 25, 2010 at 10:02pm
Ageing idealists begin to see vultures

A humanist body believes it is under threat from opportunists, writes Andrew Stevenson.

WHAT do the Henry George Foundation, the Blavatsky Lodge of the Theosophical Society, the British-Israel World Federation and NSW Humanist Society have in common? Ageing memberships, open doors and very, very valuable assets.

The Georgists are still trying to remake the world according to the model described by a 19th century economist; the Theosophists aim to ''form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour''; the British-Israelites reckon Anglo-Saxon-Celtic people are the true descendants of the Israelites of the Holy Bible; and the Humanists battle to present an ethical, secular approach to life based on compassion and tolerance.


Link SMH

So the Neo Nazis are trying to gain control of the Sydney Humanists. Perhaps some Sydney non-Neo-Nazi, AN members could go and join the Sydney Humanists before all is lost there?
Comment by Luke on June 25, 2010 at 9:54pm
Creationism creeps into NSW schools

STUDENTS at one NSW school were told by an untrained scripture teacher they would "burn in hell" if they didn't believe in Jesus

And, elsewhere in the state, children at other schools were given creationism showbags. A survey by Sydney's Macquarie University also found 70 per cent of scripture teachers think children should be taught the Bible as historical fact and 80 per cent believe students should not be exposed to non-Christian beliefs.


Link SMH

No new information for us but it is good that an article questioning the value of NSW scripture classes has made the paper. Also good to see Macquarie University gathering some real data for public discussion.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on June 24, 2010 at 1:49am
Just put up a new blog post on Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear. "Dear Julia" - it's my 'Santa Letter' to our new PM.
Comment by WiggidyGirl on June 23, 2010 at 11:53pm
LOL, you do realise she's a politician don't you?
Comment by Luke on June 23, 2010 at 11:06pm
@ 4elchyG I don't think flashing neon would have helped me see that dot :)
Comment by WiggidyGirl on June 23, 2010 at 10:12pm
uɐƃoɹƃ ɥɔןǝɟ, her husband is a hair dresser, it would be a disgrace if she kept that old-hag look for much longer. It's hard being a girl, we're judged so much on our appearance.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on June 23, 2010 at 9:49pm
"Julia Gillard, ... said through a spokeswoman that she was a ''non-practising Baptist'' and ''not religious''. http://ht.ly/22xeu
 

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