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 Luke on April 21, 2010 at 2:20am
@kid. Great find on the video. Blogged and Tweeted. Commented on reddit. :)
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 20, 2010 at 11:07pm
Too right! Thanks Kid and Richard J. Let's all circulate this amongst our networks!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ1_aQz6IuU
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 18, 2010 at 5:28pm
Black has decided to assume a lower internet profile. He hasn't been posting regularly on Atheist Nexus for some time due to technical issues with the site, but his decision to withdraw completely is personal. I am heartbroken to see him go. I consider him a very special friend and I hope, in time, he'll reconsider.
Comment by Little Name Atheist on April 18, 2010 at 1:01pm
Does anyone know what happened to the Irreverent Mr. Black?
Comment by DistroMan on April 15, 2010 at 2:33am
Well said Rosemary.
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on April 15, 2010 at 2:24am
The text of my letter to Penny - complete with unfortunate typos.

= = = = =

Please ensure that Australian students are taught ethics which reflect the
views of the nation and the community as a whole. Government schools should
offer no support for religious groups who want to force their partisan
moral ideas on all students and restrict their access to input which
introduces students to the diversity of moral beliefs and opinions and
provides them with an non-partisan framework by which to judge them.

Psychological science has clearly shown that moral development is an
integral part of social and cerebral maturation and is independent of
religious belief. Religions that wish to teach a particular version of
morality should be free to do so outside the school system but should not
be permitted to do so in time paid for by tax payers who may not subscribe
to them. They most definitely should not be permitted to gag the teaching
of generic systems which conform to the civilized social concensus. Every
child has the right to know that the Australian society does not accept
religious belief or practice as an excuse for breaking the laws of the
land. Every child has the right to consider the morality of allowing
individuals and groups to harm others or infringe their internationally
accepted human rights simply because they are in accord with their
particular personal or group interpretation of the wishes of a supernatural
being. For this reason secular ethics should be a compulsary subject in
schools. Restricted partisan views, including religious ones, should have
no place here at all.
Comment by Russell Blackford on April 15, 2010 at 1:51am
Here's what I sent Penny Sharpe (who responded nicely in an email back to me):

http://metamagician3000.blogspot.com/2010/04/my-letter-well-email-t...

I'm not suggesting anyone use it as a template. It's always much better if we write in our own ways and voices. But maybe the thoughts are of some value to some of y'all. I offer them for whatever they're worth.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 15, 2010 at 1:42am
And now for some shameless self-promotion. I've just started my own blog, called "Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear".


My first blog post is about the NSW Ethics Classes vs Scripture Classes and the reaction of Jim Wallace and the ACL. I hope you'll read, enjoy, comment and subscribe! I'll try to keep 'em coming!
Comment by DistroMan on April 15, 2010 at 12:29am
Thanks Chrys, done.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 14, 2010 at 9:50pm
Important for Australian atheists/secularists - the Christian rent-a-crowd have been busy inundating NSW MLC Penny Sharpe's inbox, pleading with the government to kill the NSW ethics classes so they won't compete with scripture classes. Let's let Penny know that there is widespread support for the ethics classes in NSW. Here's the page to contact her by email: http://pennysharpe.com/contact

Or you can tweet her at PennySharpemlc

Or send her a message on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pennysharpemlc

Go to it guys! Let YOUR voices be heard!
 

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