Chrys Stevenson's Blog (32)

Aussies - High Court Challenge Against National School Chaplaincy Program

High Court Challenge Against National School Chaplaincy Program


Breaking News! The High Court Challenge against National School Chaplaincy has announced its legal team.

Representing Ron Williams in the court action will be high profile barrister, Bret Walker SC (Senior Counsel). The importance of having the case represented by such a… Continue

Added by Chrys Stevenson on August 3, 2010 at 7:09pm — No Comments

"Is This It?" Awesome Atheist/Science Video

What Julie asked Richard. from Embiggen Books on Vimeo.

I've been to quite a few freethought conferences and events this year and this has been my favourite one to date. I'm so glad it's up on video now so that I can share it.…

Added by Chrys Stevenson on June 4, 2010 at 7:35am — No Comments

Painting of Atheist Tim Minchin wins Major Australian Art Prize

This painting of out and proud atheist, Australian singer/writer/comedian, Tim Minchin, won Australia's most prestigious art prize for portraiture this week - the Archibald Prize.

Read more on Podblack's blog.

Yay Tim and artist, Sam Leach.…


Added by Chrys Stevenson on March 25, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Sunshine Coast Atheists Run Amok at Melbourne Atheist Convention!

Thanks to Nexus members Karen and Luke for this great video on our local group's experience at the Global Atheist Convention.

Highlights - PZ Myers getting up close and personal with two of our gorgeous Sunshine Coast heathenettes, and Warren Bonett from Embiggen Books getting something of a man-crush on AC Grayling (after Grayling offered to do a book signing at Warren's…

Added by Chrys Stevenson on March 25, 2010 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

We Have a Lot of Work to Do as Atheists

Bear with me now. This is not going to seem relevant for a while, but I do have a point.

The Melbourne Atheist Convention is just two weeks away and there is a flurry of dieting (not just women either!), clothes buying and hair fluffing going on in anticipation of meeting people we've only met on line and who, we fear, think we are a lot more attractive than we actually are! I have a feeling that Australia's spanx sales have gone through the…

Added by Chrys Stevenson on February 23, 2010 at 5:30am — 9 Comments

Kristy Vensson - Name Change

When I first joined Atheist Nexus, for personal reasons, I decided to do so under a slightly altered version of my real name. Circumstances have now changed and I think it is appropriate that I change my profile name to my real name - Chrys Stevenson.

I hope this won't cause too much confusion, but I have found keeping two identities on the internet is becoming unwieldy and unnecessary.


Added by Chrys Stevenson on February 7, 2010 at 7:41am — 15 Comments

2,500 tickets sold for Atheist Convention, Melbourne

Media Release from Atheist Foundation of Australia, co-presenters with Atheist Alliance International of the Global Atheist Convention, Melbourne:

Global Atheist Convention - Sold out!

30 January, 10

Tickets for The Rise of Atheism, 2010 Global Atheist Convention are now sold out! The Convention, to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 12 - 14 March 2010, has attracted substantial Australian and international interest… Continue

Added by Chrys Stevenson on January 30, 2010 at 5:24am — 8 Comments

Vote for Science versus Quackery

Twitter is currently taking votes for the best contributors in various categories.

In the area of 'health', the quack and anti-vaxxer, 'Dr' Joseph Mercola, has taken the lead over Australian doctor and skeptic, Dr Rachie (sister of Atheist Nexus member and well-known skeptical blogger, Podblack). Podblack (aka Kylie Sturgess) is also the co-MC for the Global Atheist Convention in… Continue

Added by Chrys Stevenson on January 28, 2010 at 12:30am — 10 Comments

Hitler Reacts to Melbourne Atheist Convention

Brilliant, brilliant video by… Continue

Added by Chrys Stevenson on January 19, 2010 at 5:16am — 5 Comments

Atheist Convention Melbourne - Are You Coming?

If you're a member of Atheist Nexus and will be attending the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne in March, you may wish to join us at the Atheist Nexus table/s at the Saturday night gala dinner.

If so, would you please email me ASAP (like now!) at atheistnexus dot australia at gmail dot com with your name and the order number which appears on your Convention confirmation email.


Added by Chrys Stevenson on January 19, 2010 at 1:22am — No Comments

Australian Atheist wins Atheist Nexus Award

The Monty Miller Award


Freethought Advocacy

Inaugural Recipient -

Sean Wright

~Sean the Blogonaut~

In consultation with Richard Haynes (Brother Richard), Executive… Continue

Added by Chrys Stevenson on December 23, 2009 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Christmyth Wishes from Australia - To My Nexus Friends

From Australia's Carols by Candlelight, Melbourne, Australia. Here's a Christmas wish we can all share.

Singers are Tony Callea and Silvie… Continue

Added by Chrys Stevenson on December 21, 2009 at 5:06pm — 1 Comment

Atheist Christmas Song - Tim Minchin

I just love Tim Minchin and this explains beautifully how atheists can love Christmas as celebration of family without buying into any of the religious… Continue

Added by Chrys Stevenson on December 13, 2009 at 12:57am — 3 Comments

Brother Richard quoted in Australian Newspaper!

From Australia's National Times today:

Believers: $4.5m; atheists: nil


November 27, 2009

The denial of funding to the Atheists Convention is further proof of the Government's courting of the religious right. Photo: Andrew Dyson [Illustration shows cruxifix tied… Continue

Added by Chrys Stevenson on November 29, 2009 at 2:00pm — 12 Comments

Atheist Foundation of Australia Website Attacked

Late yesterday, the Atheist Foundation of Australia's website went down.

The following message is from the AFA's head tech, Protium:

"The Atheist Foundation of Australia server is currently undergoing a 500Mbps DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack and has been null routed (taken offline). This has affected upstream providers Optus Networks and technicians are currently looking into the situation.

A DDoS is when multiple computers all request…

Added by Chrys Stevenson on October 19, 2009 at 6:02pm — 2 Comments

Ticket Sales Open for Global Atheist Convention, Melbourne Australia 2010

Tickets for the Rise of Atheism Global Atheist Convention are now available online at the Rise of Atheist Global Atheist Convention Website.

We need your help to send this message viral on the internet!

Register for the Atheist Convention Melbourne 12-14 March 2010

Interest has been incredible, so if you're interested, I suggest you book as soon as… Continue

Added by Chrys Stevenson on September 30, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Absolutely Classic Satirical Commentary on Christian Censorship

This week, the Australian Christian Lobby launched it's 'Tame the Tube' campaign, aimed at reducing sex and violence on Australian commercial television. Obviously these people live so far in the past they haven't discovered the remote control yet!

Comedian/singer, Paul McDermott, began his show this week with a commentary on Christians. Paul, an atheist, is always cutting, but I think he excelled himself with this. Remember, this is on prime-time Australian television - and note the… Continue

Added by Chrys Stevenson on September 30, 2009 at 3:34am — 1 Comment

When Atheists Go Bad

We pride ourselves, here on Atheist Nexus (and in other atheist forums), on being intelligent, rational, educated human beings. We also, in the main, abhor those religious views which lead to racism, sexism, homophobia and other irrational prejudices.

But, as we move forward from being a 'philosophical stance' into a 'movement', should we, can we, and, if so, how can we, distinguish ourselves from atheists who have abandoned belief in God, but not irrationality and… Continue

Added by Chrys Stevenson on September 27, 2009 at 9:30pm — 10 Comments

AN Member Russell Blackford Releases Atheist Book

50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists

edited by Russell Blackford and Udo Shuklenk

Australian Atheist Nexus member, Russell Blackford and Canadian bioethicist, Udo Shuklenk, are about to release their new book 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why… Continue

Added by Chrys Stevenson on September 18, 2009 at 6:01am — 1 Comment

It Feels Like Christmas - But Betterer

It's a long time since I've done the 'How many more sleeps?" thing, but I swear I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas.

What has me so excited? Well, it's embarrassing really. Really embarrassing. I'm nearly 51 years old and I should be excited about illicit love affairs, an exciting new high paying job, or buying a new yacht. Nope. Not even close.

Fact is, I'm looking forward to two big events coming up in Oz. The first is Richard Dawkins speaking in my home town in… Continue

Added by Chrys Stevenson on September 3, 2009 at 3:26am — 4 Comments



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