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: 344
Latest Activity: Aug 16

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 March 9, 2010 at 10:42pm
Woooohoooo! The Cat's Away! Let's rebel my fellow mice!!!!! Wait... I'm going too. Well, carry on without me. Wooooohoooooo!
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 9, 2010 at 10:38pm
Krusty signing out for now. Will reconnect once I'm in Melbourne. Have just spoken to Black who has promised to keep you all in line while I'm gone. Please misbehave terribly and give him something to do. Muchlove, Chrys
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 9, 2010 at 10:28pm
I don't believe Black twitters. He's too refeened!
Comment by Luke on March 9, 2010 at 9:47pm
@Richard J: I should have put an @The Irreverent Mr Black in front of that.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 9, 2010 at 8:50pm
I'll try to Twitter to. I'm @ChrysStevenson
Comment by Jake Farr-Wharton on March 9, 2010 at 8:25pm
I'll be Twittering my heart out while I'm there, my twitter persona is _Modus_Operandi and my email is jake 'at' gmail 'dot' com.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 9, 2010 at 7:22pm
Hey Felch, yes I ported my number over. I bought an LG Xenon which is kinda like an i-phone for poor people. :-P
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 9, 2010 at 7:08pm
Richard won't be there. Not sure about Rachael (her sister). Camcorders aren't allowed, but I'm sure there'll be plenty of happy snaps.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 9, 2010 at 6:37pm
I imagine that PZ will be surrounded by a swarm of pharyngulites - akin to a shark and his pilot fish! I'll try to say 'hi' but make no guarantees as there'll be 2,500 other fans clamouring to meet him too! I will, however be hanging out with Tanya Levin, author of "People in Glass Houses: An Insider's Story of a Life In and Outside of Hillsong". I'm pretty chuffed about that - we've become good friends through Nexus and can't wait to meet up in person! Will also be meeting with Russell Blackford, editor of "50 Voices of Disbelief", Sean the Blogonaut and Kylie Sturgess (Podblack) among others.

I'm heading off today to Brisbane and fly out tomorrow morning for Melbourne.

Will try to update here at least once a day on what's happening and who I've met (and probably what I've eaten!)

Still learning to operate my new smart phone, but if I can't manage to post here, I'll text Black and get him to post for me.
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on March 8, 2010 at 11:56am
@Chris

I am disappointed to hear that Dawkins is somewhat lacking in common courtesy in the flesh. He gives the opposite impression on camera. Never the less, the feet of clay does not detract from his brilliant arguments. It is just as well I am interested in reason rather than faithful worship of authority figures who support my point of view.
 

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