Friday, 26 January 2018

Women Under Sharia Law

Meya, is a Saudi woman, medical doctor and a former muslim who was born and raised in the conservative society of Saudi Arabia, where she worked as a doctor for two years. She abandoned Islam in 2013 after years of questioning, reading and critically analysing this coded society. Two years ago, she came to Australia for only one reason: freedom of religion.

This talk is mainly about women in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is the origin of Islam and the government follows sharia law which is derived from the Quran and Hadiths.

Meya will discuss a woman's life, from the day she is born, the customs that people follow celebrating the birth of a female, to the Islamic duties that are enforced on every teenage girl once reaching puberty, such as hijab and prayers. There will also be discussion about women's sexuality, dating, honour killing and marriage in this conservative society.
The talk will also cover the guardianship system ( in which every woman is enslaved to her relative man), the education system and employment opportunities for women in Saudi Arabia. The talk will conclude with references to various verses from the Quran and Hadiths that mention women in terms of hijab, court witness, adultery, how to discipline a wife and more.
The purpose of this talk is to provide people with a clear and deeper understanding about Muslims. It is not intended to discriminate or to enhance islamophobia.
Friday 9th March on the second floor at Club Redfern, 159 Redfern St Redfern. Across the road from Redfern station. Please RSVP here

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Committee for 2018
The Sydney Atheists AGM was held on the 8th of December. The incoming committee for 2018 consists of:
President - Steve Marton
Vice-President - Jessica Nissan
Secretary - Barbara Locmelis
Treasurer - Semih Ilhan
Public Relations - Khalid Almulhim
Public Officer - Mike Beecham
Assistant Secretary / Treasurer - Mohamed Farahat

Special mention was made of the delight that we share in that Australians voted so overwhelmingly to give same sex attracted people the same rights as others in the community.
The results of the 2016 Australian Census were released this year. The growth in the number of people without religion to now be one in three Australians is a giant step toward rationality and reason in the Australian psyche.
Sydney Atheists wish everyone a happy, healthy and successful 2018.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

The difference between knowledge, belief and expectation.

Tibor Molnar will discuss the difference between knowledge, belief and expectation.
Tibor Molnar studied Chemical Engineering at UNSW in the 1960s, and then forged a career in industrial chemistry, IT and business. Retired in the early 2000s, he is today a polymath with a wide range of interests: from physics and neuroscience to AI and philosophy. He is an Honorary Associate of the Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney, and teaches a course –Philosophy for Science: Making Sense of the Physical World – at the University’s Centre for Continuing Education.
But more than all of that, Tibor is an entertainer at least as much as a philosopher, providing an evening to be savoured.
Plato categorised ‘knowledge’ as “justified true belief”; but should we ‘believe’ him? After all, how do we ‘justify’ believing that something is ‘justified’? How do we establish that something is ‘true’, and hence that we may claim to ‘know’ it? Don’t we ‘believe’ that all our beliefs are ‘justified’? (Why else would we ‘believe’ them)? And doesn’t ‘understanding’ have something to do with it?
Contemporary epistemology – theory of knowledge – is very confused; and Plato is in no small part responsible. In a very short talk, Tibor Molnar will tell you everything he ‘knows’! (Then he’ll tell you about expectation, belief, understanding, justification, logic, validity, truth, facts, …)
Entry to this event will be $5.00 for supporter members of Sydney Atheists and $10.00 for non supporter attendees. Annual Supporter membership is only $20. To become a supporter member, please go to:
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Our talk events are held at the Function Room at Club Redfern:
2nd Floor, 159 Redfern St
The entrance is 20 metres across Gibbons Street from Redfern Station under the SPAR sign. You can walk up the stairs, the escalator or use the elevator to the 2nd floor where the club is located. The outside of the venue is shown below.
Parking is available in the shopping complex and adjacent streets.


Sunday, 15 October 2017

Can human rights unite people of faith, agnostics and atheists? 
We have the honour and pleasure of the Australian Human Rights Commissioner Ed Santow presenting to Sydney Atheists, attempting to answer a very difficult question. With the animosity shown to us by people of faith, his response will be illuminating.

Ed Santow

Edward Santow commenced his five-year term as Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission in August 2016.
Prior to joining the Commission, Ed was chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, a leading non-profit organisation that promotes human rights through strategic litigation, policy development and education.
Ed was previously a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law School and a research director at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. His areas of expertise include human rights, administrative and constitutional law, discrimination and freedom of information.
As Human Rights Commissioner, Ed leads the Commission’s work on marriage equality and other human rights issues affecting LGBTI Australians. Ed also leads the Commission’s work on the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) and he has primary responsibility for the Commission’s work on freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of religion.
Ed is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Australia Pro Bono Centre. In 2009, Ed was presented with an Australian Leadership Award, and in 2017, he was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Entry to this event will be $5.00 for supporter members of Sydney Atheists and $10.00 for non supporter attendees. Annual Supporter membership is only $20. To become a supporter member, please go to:

To purchase advance tickets, please go to:

Our talk events are held 7.00pm at the Function Room at Club Redfern:
2nd Floor, 159 Redfern St

NB Khalid Almulhim has replaced Thomas Kraemer as our Public Relations officer
The committee now consists of Steve Marton, Jessica Nissan, Caroline Wykamp, Semih Ilhan, Mohamed Farahat, Mike Beecham and Khalid

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Ethics - An evening with Simon Longstaff

This evening we will turn the tables on Simon Longstaff as Steve Marton will interview Simon on this occasion. Dr Simon Longstaff is the Executive Director of the Ethics Centre. This centre started Ethics Classes in schools, runs IQ2 and has run the Festival of Dangerous Ideas at which Simon is usually the host and interviewer. The Ethics Centre provides direction, information and advice to the public, institutions, corporations and government on ethical matters. It is one of the most important organisations for honesty and integrity in Australia.

Simon’s distinguished career includes being named as one of AFR Boss’ True Leaders for the 21st century, with Carol Schwartz noting; "I don’t know one CEO or chairman in corporate Australia who has not worked with Simon Longstaff". Simon Longstaff began his working life on Groote Eylandt (Anindilyakwa) in the Northern Territory where he worked in the Safety Department of the then BHP subsidiary, GEMCO. He is proud of his kinship ties with members of the island’s Indigenous community. Following a period studying law in Sydney and a brief career teaching in Tasmania, Simon undertook postgraduate studies in philosophy as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Simon commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre in 1991. Simon is a Fellow of CPA Australia and in June 2016, was appointed an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University – based at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. Formerly serving as the inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics, Simon serves on a number of boards and committees across a broad spectrum of activities. He was formerly a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

Friday 13th of October at 7.00pm

Function Room
2nd Floor, 159 Redfern St
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Saturday, 2 September 2017

Ramasamy and the evolution of Atheism in Southern India
Balaji Abayavaratheswaran will present the history of Atheism in the southern region of the second most populated country on earth. He will discuss E.V.Ramasamy and his impact on generations of Indians. E.V.Ramasamy was a rationalist who rejected God.

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Is judgment at the centre of thinking about right and wrong?

It gives us great pleasure to have our Friday the 11th of August presentation by Emeritus Professor Max Deutscher, Honorary Professor in Philosophy from Macquarie University and the University of Queensland. Max is also the author of "In sensible judgement" and "Judgement after Arendt" He will provide us with a philosophical treat not only discussing his wide experience in judgement, right and wrong, but also touching on the works of philosophical masters such as Immanuel Kant, David Hume and more recently Alice Crary.

This is a night to be savoured.
7.00pm at Club Redfern, 159 Redfern Street Redfern

If you are a Sydney Atheists member, RSVP here:

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