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.

Join the campaign today

Do Not Divide Us

Latest News

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 chance for them to think carefully...

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.

“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

Douglas Adams

Hast thou reason? I have.
Why then dost not thou use it?
For if this does its own work,
what else dost thou wish?

Marcus Aurelius

Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it’s the cyanide.

Tom Robbins

I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I’ve been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say that one is an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn’t have. Somehow it was better to say one was a humanist or agnostic. I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect that he doesn’t that I don’t want to waste my time.

Isaac Asimov

Religions are like fireflies. They require darkness in order to shine.

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

To sum up:
1. The cosmos is a gigantic flywheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute.
2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it.
3. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him a ride.

H. L. Mencken

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

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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

Taslima Nasrin

That the world is in a bad shape is undeniable, but there is not the faintest reason in history to suppose that Christianity offers a way out.

Bertrand Russell

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Have a great day everyone 😊

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Also you have Free Will, so do what I say or else.

Even when i was very young I couldnt grasp the concept of a god. Especially when they would, on one hand, tell me he is a loving and benovolent god and on the other hand telling me that he is a vengeful god and if i sinned i would go to hell. By the time i was 7 i was convinced it was the same as santa etc, a load of bs.

'For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.'

It's OK as long as we can see the priest's hands.

Sorry if I don't believe you want me specifically to have a great day but that's just the way I am. ...;)

Blackmail... HE died on the Cross for your SINS.

I was scarred for life when the nuns told me it was my fault that happened to Jesus, because of my sins. I was in grade one. 😳

Attending a friend's kid's baptism a few years ago when my then four-year old son pointed at a graphic statue of that wicked imposter's execution and loudly exclaimed -- in front of a full congregation, mind you -- "DAD, I DON'T LIKE THAT!!!"

mythical symbol of complete stupidity!!

There are about 1800 references to the bible that was written hundreds of years ago. Science is screaming : “WTF”

The tragic fact is that one has to explain the child “the beauty” of punishment in the ancient world … how non-traumatic that must be for a young child and what beautiful dreams must bring to the kid at night…

No wonder I'm an atheist!

Dead-Guy-On-A-Stick!

As Goebbels said, “Repeat a lie often enough and people will believe it.”

I actually think it’s fascinating that an instrument of torture and humiliation came to be seen as a symbol for hope and love. Don’t need to be religious to find that interesting.

Can you imagine the bible said he was hanged. They would have to go around wearing little silver nooses around their necks.

Acupuncture gone wrong 🤔

Low hanging fruit. Try doing the same with the religion of peace ... 《cough!》Charlie Hebdo.

Yeah I never understood it as a child as I was frightened of a corpse on a cross. 😐

Weird death cult

oh obviously!🤔

Yep, go figure 🤷‍♀️

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“The problem is that people have turned away from God”

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“The problem is that people have turned away from God”

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God loves it when people do their own smiting. It was tiring doing it all himself.

Words cannot convey the sheer hypocrisy of these kinds of people

I don't know if this photo is real or not, but this is f.....ed but not surprising. Imagine if this was done by a Muslim imam.

I don't know why anyone would be surprised, mankind has been killing people in the name of god for thousands of years.

The most ludicrous and pitiful photo award.

I've seen this pic a number of times over the years and it never ceases to disgust me. Plenty more where that came from.

Doing God's work.

Merica! Summed up in one picture

Oh goodie, Thank heavens you will be killed with a blessed bullet…surely that means acceptance into Gods garden for anyone killed by a blessed bullet regardless of colour, religious beliefs or sexual preference 🤔

God always has sides. Like God likes one particular football team more than another. Makes sense he'll bless guns that are used to kill people on the other side.

I cannot believe what I am seeing...guns being blessed.. FFS

Truth is stranger than fiction, especially in the USA

😔 sad,... ridiculously so sad 😞

Roll Away the Stone ,,,Don’t you Leave Me Here Alone ,,,What Will They Do in 2000 Years ,,,Leon Russel ,

Mao Zedong said "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun". Very true. But so does mayhem if the gun is in the hands of idiots, the mentally sick, robbers and social outcasts.

These people have a low mentality. They are the joke of society Why has Facebook let this stupid group post this photo. Especially after the tragedy that happened a week or so ago.

That is obscene ... Insanity.

What an awesome photo! I wonder how many BILLION LIVES have been lost over the last million years where the “religious leaders” blessed the warriors &/or their weapons Rarely caught on film?

+20 Holy damage

Well done. I tried to post this photo several days ago and it was rejected.

Jesus loves a semiautomatic

In my opinion this pretty much sums up the Christian Right.

What in the actual f#@k is the purpose of this?

Says a lot about Religions.

I have to ask if this is genuine. While I dislike religion, my bullshit detector is chiming with this one.

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I was told that I got cancer because I don't believe in god. So I don't have to wait to feel his wrath.

The sweetest one is still JFC. 💓 .

Since it's still illegal in most states, I've been nervously waiting for the day when the police kick my door down and cart me off to prison.

Odd business that so many jurisdictions hang on to this archaic law. Could be argued that most of them have bigger legal fish to fry.

Don't hang by your thumbs waiting.

What people believe in a talking Frog???

Always

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In 2019, when we began our #DontDivideUs campaign against the #ReligiousDiscriminationBill, we knew one thing for certain – the legislation would be divisive. Last week, many MPs spoke about the divisive nature of the Bill. Read more:
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MPs highlight the divisive nature of the government’s Religious Discrimination Bill - #DontDivideUs

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Non-believers need to be more vocal! The more we can support organisations like @AtheistAus , the bigger our chances https://twitter.com/emma__jayne14/status/1491601904182632449

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Why is the Parliament not free from religion and why is the Lord’s Prayer still recited at the beginning of Parliament each day?

This is URGENT! Write to your federal MP to urge them to REJECT the divisive and unnecessary #ReligiousDiscriminationBill.
Find out how: https://bit.ly/3uqqWyQ

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Taxpayers are funding #Citipointe Christian College to promote, in its Year 9 curriculum, "the fact that modern science has revealed a vast web of evidence which supports the biblical record of creation". What BS!
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