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 8, 2010 at 7:57am
Comment by Luke on March 8, 2010 at 7:53am
@ trevor: Oh yeah! That was a death stare! I put my headphones on:
Tony Jones: [Talking about towing boats back to indonesia] Is it your view now?
Bishop: It was Kevin Rudd's view before the election that they should take the boats back.
Audience member (off camera): Come on answer the question...
DEATH STARE!!!!
Audience member (off camera): ... please. Is it your view?
DEATH STARE!!!! ends
Bishop: Thankyou. My view is that we should be working with the source countries...
Comment by Luke on March 8, 2010 at 7:41am
I thought The Dawk was quite pleasant and cheerful until Burke (is that the Burke from "Burke! Where's my dinner?") played the hurt feelings card over The Dawk quoting the bible and pointing out that it was horrible. It struck me that Burke had never had someone directly confront him about his beliefs.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 8, 2010 at 7:22am
Poor old Dawk. He's heard it all before from all around the world. Significant that he was the only atheist on the panel - why is there only ever one atheists and a heap of theists? They did the same with Hitch. But he did good. Hard to reconcile the nice guy with the twinkle in his eye you see in public and the grumpy, irascible old fellow who isn't particularly nice to his fans at book signings and refuses, somewhat rudely, to sign anything other than his name. I know we shouldn't expect him to be a 'celebrity' but you'd think he'd make a bit of an effort to be cheerful to the people who actually think he's great and buy his books.
Comment by Luke on March 8, 2010 at 5:49am
Damn! now Dr Rachie's giving the game away on twitter!
Comment by Luke on March 8, 2010 at 5:47am
La La La! Not listening to FelchyG!!!
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 8, 2010 at 5:30am
Felch, my love, remember you are going to spend four days with me this week. It would be wise to be nice about Queenslanders or you may find yourself buying all the drinks. ;-)
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 7, 2010 at 8:04pm
And of course fine weather for the Convention doesn't mean that there won't be a plague of locusts or that the MCEC won't be hit by a rogue meteorite. That Yahweh guy can be pretty nasty when riled. ;-)
Comment by Luke on March 7, 2010 at 7:59pm
@ FelchyG Well... but... you can't test god... and just because he's omniscient it doesn't MEAN he can't make mistakes.... and he HAS clearly shown his displeasure and punished the faithful for their lack of action against sodomites in Botwsana! Plus IT'S not for us to understand THE will of God. YOU JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND FAITH!

Cause there's just not enough crazy apologetics in my life. :P
Comment by GT on March 7, 2010 at 7:43pm
 

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