Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Billboard Campaign aborted

Sydney Atheists and the Atheist Foundation of Australia Billboard was yesterday pulled from publication by the publishing billboard company on the grounds that in the current environment the billboard would "cause offence or be likely to inflame tensions in the community between religious, racial groups or ethnic groups"

The  sign had "the potential to create significant tension in the community given all the circumstances (including the political, social or environmental context)”



Photo: Sydney Atheists and the Atheist Foundation of Australia Billboard was today pulled from publication by the publishing billboard company on the grounds that in the current environment the billboard would "cause offence or be likely to inflame tensions in the community between religious, racial groups or ethnic groups"

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Appointment

Jessica Nissan has been appointed to the committee of Sydney Atheists. Her role will be Sydney Atheists Young Adults coordinator.

On behalf of the committee and the wider Sydney Atheists community, I would like to congratulate and welcome Jessica to this very important role.

Steve Marton
President

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

A tale of two cities
In November 2014 The Guardian reported that "An Iranian-British woman jailed for trying to attend a men’s volleyball game in Iran has been released on bail, her family has said.
She was detained in June at a Tehran stadium after trying to attend a men’s volleyball match between Iran and Italy.
Her brother, Iman Ghavami, 28, told the Press Association: “She has been bailed until her court appeal, when she hopes to be vindicated.
“She was bailed for £20,000 and now wants to spend time with her family.”
Ghoncheh Ghavami

The following is a photo from Melbourne where Iran played Bahrain in the Asian Cup

Iranian fans celebrate Ehsan Haji Safi's goal on Sunday.
Iranian fans celebrate Ehsan Haji Safi's goal on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

All the ladies in this photo are beyond the religious police of Iran. Not only have they attended a soccer match - prohibited in Iran - they do not wear a burqua or hijab and their faces and arms are bear. One in the upper far right of the picture is even in a tank top.


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The secret lives of Galaxies: The Milky Way is a Cannibal - Geraint Lewis

The Universe is filled with a rich structure; planets, stars and galaxies. But where did all of this structure come from? In this talk we’ll take a look at the evolution of structure in the Universe, from its birth in the Big Bang to now, seeing how galaxies have grown over time. But in our search for our origin reveals some uncomfortable truths about our own Milky Way, showing it to be a voracious cannibal.These secrets are also showing that we don’t know as much about the Universe as we suppose, and we might need to rethink the actual nature of the Cosmos. 

About Professor Geraint Lewis: Geraint is Professor of Astrophysics and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow Sydney Institute for Astronomy. He is also an Associate Head for Research in the School of Physics at Sydney University




Slides can be downloaded from Meetup.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year to everyone and may 2015 be a much better year for all humanity and the world on which we live.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Sydney Atheists Young Adults


Jessica and Mohamed are hosting the first under 30s Social event for 2015. It will be on the second floor at Strattons Hotel
Come share your atheism with others who are in the 18 to 30 year age group.
Our first event will start at 6.00pm and continue until about 9.00pm. Arrive or leave whenever you want to. Dinner and drinks are available at the hotel at very reasonable prices.
This month we will discuss what the best approaches are to engage a religious person in a religious topic, particularly when we would like to influence their belief in fantasy. What has worked best for you and what has worked best for other atheists when we talk to people in the religious community.

Of course, we aren't limited to this discussion, we will talk about anything and everything that is of interest.
Please RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/sydneyatheists/events/219342665/

Saturday, 13 December 2014

New Committee for 2015

Sydney Atheists elected a new committee at the AGM on Wednesday the 10th of December. The committee members are:

President:          Steve Marton
Vice President: Tina Khakpour
Secretary:          Jenny Howatson
Treasurer:          Semih Ilhan
Public Relations: Thomas Kraemer
Public Officer:   Mike Beecham
Assistant Secretary / Treasurer: Mohamed Farahat

The committee represents people from seven different countries and five former religions.

Jane Caro

The Sydney Atheists Finale with Jane Caro on Friday 12th of December was a great success with 83 attendees who were informed and entertained by this great lady. We thank Jane very much for participating in this event.