AtheistAus Podcast – Episode Three
Welcome to the AtheistAus Podcast, episode three!
In this show:
Sydney Queer Atheists is an organisation of queer, GLBTIAOQQ and gender/sex/sexuality/romanticism diverse atheists, agnostics and other nonbelievers based in Sydney, Australia – though they welcome you wherever you happen to be! It’s a non-autonomous group, for everyone who is queer-friendly and atheist-friendly.
In 2015, the Sydney Queer Atheists’ theme for the Sydney Mardi Gras was No Abuse – No Excuse – No Exemption for Religions from the Anti-Discrimination Laws, and they featured prominently on the SBS broadcast.
The official site for the Sydney Queer Atheists is at www.queeratheists.org and there is a Meetup for the group at meetup.com/Sydney-Queer-Atheists. For this interview, I spoke to Kate Alway, who runs the Sydney Queer Atheists.
The Unholy Trinity Tour concluded at the end of April, visiting Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne – here’s some of the vox pops I did at the Melbourne event, on “why are you an atheist”? See more video and merchandise at the www.unholytrinitydownunder.com site!
There’s also also news that the The Church of Scientology is planning to build its third church in Perth. The $6 million proposed development will be located in Rivervale. And yet in 2011, the ABS found only around 2,000 Australians identified themselves as Scientologists. Earlier this year, the Senate rejected a ‘public benefit test’ to review the churches tax exemptions, recommended by Independent senator Nick Xenophon.
Joining me to discuss this further is Senator Xenophon, with thanks to radio station RTRFM, who made this interview possible.
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:
- That #CNNatheists documentary on Atheists. Also – is there starting to be a big trend in ‘documentaries about atheism/not church folk?” – and is that a good thing?
- Duck Dynasty father engages in a rape-murder-torture fantasy of an atheist family on the radio.
- Farkhunda, the Afghan woman beaten and killed by a mob for allegedly burning pages of a Quran may have actually been arguing with a street huckster selling “magic charms” to women. In other words, she was being a skeptic. In a breaking of tradition, women carry her casket at her burial.
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.
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