Sunday, 19 October 2014

Heathen Comedy Show
A night of uproarious merriment and laughter.



For details and to RSVP for the Heathen Comedy Show on Friday the 14th of November please go to  http://www.meetup.com/sydneyatheists/events/200875652/

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Opportunity Knocks

Here is your opportunity to update our common goal of removing SCRIPTURE classes from State schools and to warn against bringing chaplains into State High Schools. In the survey, please put your objection to scripture including your preference for scripture to be aborted and replaced with more education and / or life skills preparation classes. Also oppose taking on the Federal Chaplaincy.

With an election looming and the government being very receptive, this is a huge opportunity to give the government some important feedback.

Please go to:
https://www.nsw.liberal.org.au/issue-survey
October Talks

Sydney Atheists October Talks were preceded by a short video put together by Nick to pay tribute to Carl Sagan on the latter's birthday. This was a fitting introduction to our two exceptional speakers, Wade Fairclough and Professor Geraint Lewis.
Wade highlighted the importance of science in the lives of the billions of people on earth and contrasted religious believer's acceptance and exploitation of all that science has given us with their condemnation of science when presented with evidence that runs counter to their creed.
Professor Geraint Lewis had the audience captivated by his descriptions of the cosmos. He illustrated how galaxies, including our own Milky Way have been built, merged and dismembered. Geraint showed us why the Milky Way is a cannibal. He elegantly and humorously informed the audience of the beginnings of the universe, its gyrations and its likely end.
Sydney Atheists would like to thank Wade and Geraint for two excellent and informative presentations

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Announcement of the final presentations for 2014

Sydney Atheists have an exceptional lineup leading to the end 2014:

Friday 10th of October "The beauty of Science - how science and technology improved our lives" and "The secret lives of Galaxies - The Milky Way is a cannibal". Please RSVP at   http://www.meetup.com/sydneyatheists/events/185769962 

Friday 14th of November The Heathen Comedy Show. Please RSVP at   http://www.meetup.com/sydneyatheists/events/200875652/
This is a ticketed event, please see the website to find out how to pay for your tickets.

Friday 12th of December and the Finale for 2014, An evening with Jane Caro. Please RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/sydneyatheists/events/199718442/
This is also a ticketed event. Please see the website to purchase tickets.


Saturday, 13 September 2014

September Psychology Talks

Our September talks were a great success , with an audience that stretched the venue's capacity.
A huge thank you from all who attended to both of our speakers, Margaret-Ann Tait and Maria Fuentes for two fabulous psychology talks. These have given us great insight and understanding of how the minds of our religious brothers and sisters fail them.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Unholy Trinity Down Under Tour

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This is to bring to the attention of Sydney Atheists members a big event to be run next year by our sister organisation, the AFA.
The Atheist Foundation of Australia is proud to announce that it is bringing The Unholy Trinity to Australia. The Unholy Trinity Downunder Tour brings together three atheist activists for an amazing event.
Matt DillahuntyAronRa, and Seth Andrews take the stage to share stories, interact with a live audience (and with each other), and address some of the challenges and opportunities in the fight against non-reason.
Matt, AronRa, and Seth were once believers in God, the spiritual, and the supernatural. Today they are atheist activists who are known worldwide.
  • Matt Dillahunty is host of The Atheist Experience television show and served as President of the Atheist Community of Austin from 2006-2013. Matt co-founded the counter-apologetics website, www.ironchariots.org and is a frequent public speaker and debater.
  • AronRa is an atheist vlogger and activist. His videos focus on biology (with an emphasis on countering creationist claims), and advocating rationalism in science education. He also posts written material on his websitewww.locolobo.org. He is currently a co-host on the podcast Dogma Debate and serves as the Texas State Director ofAmerican Atheists.
  • Seth Andrews is a professional video producer and former Christian broadcaster. In 2009, he founded the website,www.thethinkingatheist.com, a community which encourages viewers to reject faith and embrace critical thought. His videos Afterlife, The Story of Suzie, and many others have been seen worldwide, and his weekly radio podcast is downloaded 2 million times a month.
In this tongue-in-cheek-titled tour, Matt, AronRa, and Seth come together to share their stories, field your questions, have some fun, and encourage all within earshot to pursue and embrace a personal relationship with reality.
The tour will take place from the 12th to the 21st March 2015, and will include major events in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne.
Tickets will be on sale shortly, but in the meantime you can register your interest at:
The AFA are anticipating a rapid sell-out as space is limited. 

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Slogan winners

After the Thursday social, we had a meeting to select the most appropriate slogans for potential billboard, card, letter box or T-shirt campaigns. Initially we had 116 submissions that a panel of eight reduced to 39. There was discussion of the various slogans and votes were taken to select the most appropriate ones. 26 of the 33 attendees participated in the voting. The three most popular slogans by some margin were:

Faith is believing what you know ain't so - Mark Twain
Have you escaped your religion? We have.
Religion started when the first con man met the first fool - Mark Twain

There was some discussion as to whether "overcome" would be a more appropriate word in the second slogan in place of "escaped". This issue remains to be resolved.

The next most popular one was:
The way to see by Faith, is to shut the eye of Reason - Ben Franklin

Others were a long way behind led by:
Atheism = Reality
Mythology is what we call other people’s religion
I am an Atheist, I have a personal relationship with reality

The purpose of such Atheist campaigns is multi-faceted. We would like to challenge the religious to
think about their beliefs. We would like to challenge those with weak beliefs to seriously consider
taking the next step away from religion. We would like also like to make Atheists aware of us and
add more members to our own Atheist community. We would like to create controversy, as well
as to effect political, media and community discussion questioning religion at a time when so many
religions are involved in immoral, questionable behaviour, as well as cold blooded murder.


The most expensive campaign would be a billboard, which will require thousands of dollars.
If you would like to contribute to these campaigns please make donations to:
 Sydney Atheists at BSB 112 879 Account number 439 124 940.
To help us identify what the deposit is for, please place a BC for "Billboard Campaign" with your
deposit. Unlike religions, unfortunately, to the best of our knowledge, donations are not tax deductible.
Thank you.