Though there is one issue in Australia regarding religion, the government is allowing church based Chaplains to perform student counseling in the public schools as since it is church funded and controlled, the government just states it is cheaper for the government that way.
Yet we know by their stated aims that it is really about getting children back into churches.
This is the only battle we are having with religion at the moment.
Because if we become too settled and complacent there is a danger of a revival of religious fundamentalism when our country becomes involved in a crisis.
As history has demonstrated.
You know yourself that when the US suffered severe crisis in the middle 19th century, people were desperate for something to cling to and this saw the rise of fundamentalist new age movements such as Jehovah Witnesses and Mormonism, under a salesman and a depraved womanizer.
Such could happen in a secular community that doesn't keep watch.
Hey Matt, I'm from Australia and really enjoyed your exchange with Sye Ten Bryggencate. I'm enjoying some of the excerpts from your show, and admire your knowledge and wit. Though here we are a very secular, open community and us Atheists have sort of disappeared into the woodwork. No hassling from Theists, means we have no reason to stand up and be counted. Such is what happens when a society becomes secular, we all settle down as equals. Jumping up an shouting I'm an Atheist here is like pissing into the wind, I'm the only one who would get drenched by my own urine. Nobody seems to care. Yet I have friends I debate with in the US and my current debate with a devout Theist is on Oral Tradition in the Bible is Reliable, where I'm in the Con seat and I cannot find any sources saying it is unreliable apart from highlighting the contentions in the Gospel accounts of JC.
Do you know of any sources I can access or any of your clips covering this in any of your callers.
Hey Matt. Remember me? Are you still willing to fight the atheist corner on UK's Premier Christian Radio? Here is the e-mail address to contact the presenter. It would be so cool if you would do it.
I love the Atheist Experience and Non-Prophets. I look forward to downloading and listening to every podcast. I also credit your show for finally giving me the courage to declare that I am an Atheist. I was born Catholic, but I've always questioned my faith and felt guilt over my lack of faith. Now after listening to the wonderful podcasts put out by you and your team, I don't feel guilty about not believing anymore, and one great bonus out of all this is that I'm not afraid of the dark/supernatural anymore!