AtheistAus Podcast – Episode Two
We would like to open this show with our thoughts and sympathies to the family and friends of Dr. Avijit Roy from Bangladesh. Dr. Roy was a role model for rationalists worldwide and a courageous and eloquent defender of reason, science, and free expression, in a country where those values have been under heavy attack. His death is a great loss to freethinkers worldwide.
For this episode, we’re looking into Australian student activism and the world-wide phenomenon and answer to community-through-churches The Sunday Assembly, which has also reached Australian shores.
The Freethought Student Alliance connects student leaders from around Australia to help them work together and grow as a collective student movement dedicated to furthering science, reason, and secular values in Australian society. It aims to provide students with useful advice, resources, and networking opportunities, and to support students planning to start new groups on university campuses.
For this interview, we talk to FSA President Madge Carew, who was working behind the scenes at the University of Western Australia’s Atheists And Skeptics Society (UWA AASS) stall for the UWA Open Day.
The Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation that celebrates life. Their motto: live better, help often, wonder more and their mission is to help everyone find and fulfil their full potential. Their vision is to have a godless congregation in every town, city and village that wants one. For this interview, I spoke to one of the founders, Sanderson Jones at the very first Perth Sunday Assembly.
The show also features:
Paul Fidalgo, the international correspondent for the AtheistAus Podcast – you can find more secular and atheist news and cutting edge blogging by Paul at iMortal on Patheos blogs and on the The Morning Heresy – follow Paul on Twitter at twitter.com/PaulFidalgo.
News items discussed include:
- There’s Obama getting a lot of criticism from conservatives: http://www.
theatlantic.com/politics/ archive/2015/02/the-foolish- historically-illiterate- incredible-response-to-obamas- prayer-breakfast-speech/ 385246/ and for saying religion isn’t responsible for terrorism: http://www. religionnews.com/2015/02/19/ obama-no-religion-responsible- terrorism/
- A recent report on the US and a rise in astrological beliefs – is it believable or could it be because of the way the question was phrased or the fact that the survey came from a number of different sources? http://www.motherjones.
Should we be happy that less UK people are believing in god – is it a trend that will spread internationally? http://www.religionnews.
com/2015/02/12/young-brits- reject-religion-approve- atheist-politicians/
- The homeopathy-supporting UK king-to-be on the other hand, is heading to the US to spread the word – should we be worried?
In Australian and AFA forum board news – our new correspondent GoldenMane gives us the lowdown on what’s happened this month on the boards. Join him and the lively crowd at http://atheistfoundation.org.au/forums.
Tickets are selling FAST for the Unholy Trinity Downunder tour, with Matt Dillahunty, AronRa, and Seth Andrews, coming this March to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
The national Australian tour of Robin Ince is happening this April, heading to Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.
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