Atheist Foundation of Australia

Our Aims

 

  • To encourage and to provide a means of expression for informed free-thought on philosophical and social issues.
  • To safeguard the rights of all non-religious people.
  • To serve as a focal point for the community of non-religious people.
  • To offer verifiable information in place of superstition and to promote logic and reason.
  • To promote atheism.
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Do Not Divide Us Campaign

Everyone should be able to go about their lives free from discrimination.

But the Morrison Government is writing laws that would see people discriminate against their fellow Australians in ways that will affect all of us.

Australia is a great country and we need your help to stop these invasive laws and to keep Australia free from discrimination.

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Atheism is not a religion, mark “no religion”

As you know, the Australian Government is conducting a census of the population on the 10th August 2021. The census is an important snapshot of the country and informs government and businesses in their decision making. Census data is used to plan and deliver services...

Census21 No Religion Campaign Rejects Fake News and Fearmongering

The Census No Religion campaign is aware of a particularly hateful and misleading message circulating on social media, by email and SMS text message. The message suggests that non-religious people should incorrectly record that they are religious or face the...

Census No Religion Campaign

On the 10th of August, a census is being conducted to collect important data on the circumstances and attitudes of the Australian people. Your friends and family will be asked if they hold religious beliefs, and it’s an important...

Religious Discrimination Bill is resurrected

In a recent webinar with Family Voice Australia, Kevin Andrews (Liberal Party Back Bencher) indicated that "compromise had been reached" regarding the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill, and that it would be introduced into the Parliament "shortly". Mr. Andrews...

Religious Freedom Bill Submission

Religious Discrimination Bill – Second Exposure Draft Date: 19 January 2020 Submission type: Non-Profit – Atheist Foundation Of Australia and Sydney Atheists Email: [email protected] Confidentiality: For Public Release The Atheist Foundation of...

Submission to the Australian Bureau of Statistics – Review of 2021 Census Topics

The question on religion in the Australian Census contains an element which is problematical in obtaining accurate figures. The problem is that it asks “What is the person’s religion?” This is a leading question and can elicit a religion of baptism when the person may...

Submission to the Queensland Law Reform Commission Review of Termination of Pregnancy Laws

February 2018 In line with the recommendations of groups such as the Queensland Branch of the Australian Medical Association (AMAQ), Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), the Queensland Nurses Union, the Health...

Non-believers now Australia's largest religious group: Time to listen to what we want

What is the role of the godless in Australia’s current social and political climate? What level of influence should the the non-religious have in Australia’s version of secularism? The Atheist Foundation of Australia (AFA) is calling for a national discussion on these...

Religious Freedom Review Panel Submission

Religious Freedom Review, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Parliament House, Canberra. Submission: Copies to all members of the Review Panel and PMC Secretariat: To whom it may concern, The Australian Law Reform Commission interim report 127 has previously...

Politicians cannot hide from fact any more regarding voluntary assisted dying

The Atheist Foundation of Australia (AFA) supports the two Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Bills before state Parliaments in NSW and Victoria. This is an important demonstration of evidence-based medical opinion and indisputable patient need triumphing over...

Our Philosophy

The Atheist Foundation of Australia recognises the scientific method as the only rational means toward understanding reality. To question and critically examine all ideas, testing them in the light of experiment, leads to the discovery of facts.

As there seems to be no scientific evidence for supernatural phenomena, atheists reject belief in ‘God’, gods, and other supernatural beings. The universe, the world in which we live, and the evolution of life seem to be entirely natural occurrences.

 

No personality or mind can exist without the process of living matter to sustain it. We have only one life – here and now. All that remains after a person dies is the memory of their life and deeds in the minds of those who remain.

Atheists reject superstition and prejudice along with the irrational fears they cause. We recognise the complexity and interdependence of life on this planet. As rational and ethical beings we accept the challenge of making a creative and responsible contribution to life.

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7.00pm, Thursday 11th August, AFA Committee person and president of Sydney Atheists, Steve Marton, will give a talk on the 2nd floor of Agincourt Hotel at 871 George St Sydney (on the corner of George and Harris streets):
Census 2021 39%! How did we get here? Steve will discuss the unified campaign of a number of freethought organisations, the results, the blowback and what it means to Australian society, politics, governments and what we need to do going forward. Entry $5
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7.00pm, Thursday 11th August, AFA Committee person and president of Sydney Atheists, Steve Marton, will give a talk on the 2nd floor of Agincourt Hotel at 871 George St Sydney (on the corner of George and Harris streets):
 Census 2021 39%! How did we get here? Steve will discuss the unified campaign of a number of freethought organisations, the results, the blowback and what it means to Australian society, politics, governments and what we need to do going forward. Entry $5

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Not religious? Mark 'no religion'. Even if the census form disingenuously instructs you to identify atheism as a religion, to manipulate you out of fair representation.

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Exactly how f does this rapture thing work, do the rest of us get to stay here while they all float of to wherever forever ? If so, I say bring it on.

Jesus this rapture has been coming now all my life with prophet after prophet saying it will be this year or next. Pretty sure this game has been played since the discovery of the Christian religion.

I’m washing my hair that day - will need to postpone rupture (mis-spelling intentional) for at least 24 hours.

Phew! I was worried about the earth being overcrowded but this seems to clear up that problem.

Another rapture prediction? Considering they say only gawd knows when it's happening, it's a bit presumptuous of them to say they know this for sure.

Nice, another rapture. It's been too long since the last one!

time enough to organise he deckchairs and daiquiris

In my 76 years, various cults have made such predictions - there must have been dozens, if not humdreds. The "book" specifically states that NO ONE SHALL KNOW THE DAY....or words to that effect. Nobody can know the day because it is simply superstitious nonsense!!!!

Just how many times have that been predicted?. The first was reported to have been fron a guy called Jesus, 2000 years ago.

Oh is it time for the yearly rapture prediction already?

Yebbut which time zone are we talking? I have this feeling in my water it will be one of the US time zones but there's 24 to choose from. It wouldn't do to open the vintage champagne too early.

I’d be more interested if what was coming was a raptor.

Finally.. Sure theres not one sooner? Im ready for some peace and quiet!

Just rapture-off already!

Can we put it off 'til after my birthday? Please? Pretty?

Looking forward to all the God Botherer's floating off the planet..bring on the freakin Rapture🤣🤣🤣

I need to go house hunting...

Is it that time again?

Break out the popcorn.

Ticketek or Moshtix? Don't want to miss out.

It can't be. I have plans for next year.

I'd like to see if she'd bet her house on it

They actually look forward to this? Crazy

Ew. Imagine being in a crowded place. Then finding out it's heaven. And full of religious people. 😩

And if it's not?

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Religion can ruin your mind. Treat with caution

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Not so much trying to understand the bible reference itself but rather doing their best to undermine and destroy logical and reasonable human endevour.

The very definition of cognitive dissonance.

Please be a passage that says 'dunketh thy head into water thrice, removeth it twice'..

That is an absolute tragedy. I shudder thinking about it.

I’m an Atheist BUT I know that some people need this support and I wish them every happiness and if it helps them cope with trials of life I’m happy for them.

They can believe what they like as long as they are not allowed to wield any power over the sane. Sadly, this is not working so well at the moment.

The Bible is full of contradictory passages. It’s funny how the only ones they seem to ‘believe’ ‘accept’ ‘do their best to work out’ or ‘understand’ are the ones that support bigotry.

Sadly, referring to something as gospel is like saying something must be true whereas calling something gospel actually means it is a fantasy open to any interpretation that you would like to believe.

"If I heard the ABC say there was a Climate Crisis and we only had six years left to live, I would accept it as true, and then scream at people on Twitter until they believe me".

Sums it all up really ...

I wouldn't think that believing 2+2=5 could be conducive to much grace or fellowship. Wrong maths equals a bad time for all. Let's face it, sooner or later person 5 will get upset when there isn't enough coffee and muffins to go around at Bible study. I wouldn't be caught dead in a building constructed under such doctrines, but they might. Alas they'll see it as a sign of abortion, witches and gays, when, like Jericho, the walls they come tumbling down.

Religion is just a game of Chinese whispers, if your willing to base your world view on it, more fool you. 

That's not true just with religion, that's everything today

"Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four" - Winston Smith (from 1984 by George Orwell)

So he admits to willingly culturing cognitive dissonance ..... ok!

There are lots of other things that “don’t add up” Sad that that is the epitome of faith…

Give me more lies to believe! I can do it. Let me show you how faithful I am. Let me lick...

Well bless yer heart, Peter. You poor thing.

For example, where the Bible clearly states PI is exactly three.

It's the underground man from Dostoevsky's Notes From Underground

In short his calculator history is more embarrassing than his search history

Ha ha !!! Atheists unite to take on the stupid. Never believed any fairy tales.

Is this a deliberate Orwell reference?

Science deniers are funny

Well, hey, at least he's not cherry-picking. 😂🍒

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Let’s not diminish the meaning by misappropriating a great speech by a devout Catholic character as atheism. I myself am atheist and love this but believe it’s misrepresented here

Brilliant, one of my favourite excerpts from West Wing.

So perfect.

It's brilliant.

Absolute classic.

Never get sick of this clip.

First time I've seen it - fantastic! Forgot about the pig skin thing...

Ironicly Sheen is a devout full on catholic.

Worth knowing that when Sorkin wrote this, he was borrowing from an open letter that went viral on the Internet around 2000. The letter was a response to Laura Schlessinger, who was fond of citing the Bible to attack homosexuality on her radio show. www.snopes.com/fact-check/letter-to-dr-laura/

Aaron Sorkin... genius writer!

WOW!

The absurdity of Christianity.

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"Mr Grundy was brought up in a family of devout Jehovah's Witnesses, in what he describes as an extremely insular religious world.... But later in life, he came to the conclusion that the religion was 'just not telling the truth'."

https://buff.ly/3vS8IX0

How can anyone accept the story of Noah is factually accurate?

Religion can ruin your mind. Treat with caution

Maybe, just maybe, common sense will prevail over and despite the US Supreme Court

How many Australians claim to be Christian, atheist, Muslim, Scientologists, or any other group is irrelevant. Government should represent ALL AUSTRALIANS. Opening Parliament with the Lord’s Prayer is an insult to all Australians.

How many Australians claim to be Christian, atheist, Muslim, Scientologists, or any other group is irrelevant. Government should represent ALL AUSTRALIANS. Opening Parliament with the Lord’s Prayer is an insult to all Australians.
Rationalist Society @AusRationalist

The Senate today heard both sides of the prayer debate. Greens’ @MehreenFaruqi said parliament should reflect Aust’s diversity. Liberal @DuniamJonathon said that asking God’s help couldn’t be a bad thing – even for atheists! Read: https://bit.ly/3PIlTS9
#IStandWithSue #auspol

At a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell

Religion is against women’s rights and women’s freedom. In all societies women are oppressed by all religions.

Taslima Nasrin

I condemn false prophets, I condemn the effort to take away the power of rational decision, to drain people of their free will – and a hell of a lot of money in the bargain. Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all. For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain.

Gene Roddenberry

Truth in matters of religion is simply the opinion that has survived.

Oscar Wilde

ATHEISM = Liberation through Reason and Knowledge.

Brenda Cornish

“We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”

Richard Dawkins

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.

Richard Dawkins

Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.

Bertrand Russell

The Bible and Church have been the greatest stumbling block in the way of women’s emancipation.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

Galileo Galilei