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.

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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 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.

The sciences are not sectarian. People do not persecute each other on account of disagreements in mathematics. Families are not divided about botany and astronomy does not even tend to make a man hate his father and mother. It is what people do not know that they persecute each other about. Science will bring, not a sword, but peace.

Robert G. Ingersoll

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

I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish (Muslim) Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church.

Thomas Paine

The religious persecution of the ages has been done under what was claimed to be the command of God.

Susan B. Anthony

“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”

Charles Bukowski

To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin.

Cardinal Robert Bellarmine

Fundamentalism isn’t about religion. It’s about power.

Salman Rushdie

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

ATHEISM = Liberation through Reason and Knowledge.

Brenda Cornish

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

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Went to doctor this week and was reading a book about deep time the doctor said there was no prehistory except that created by god and I should not be reading it

To me the problem isn't what religion book someone believes in, but which interpretation or maybe which story they put up. Religion seems right for many, not me, but the interpretations seems to suit a particular view and hence the conflict and death. Sure all religious people and none can live together, if we just accept none of us will control the world. Lets just accept we have different views and work like a melting pot to live with each other.

I Am God ✌️🍄🕉😉

Ooft facts!!

You can't safely say anything about the members of this cult without risking being blocked for a month by their allies on the moderation team.

Along with the same beliefs.

Classic

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An actual conversation broadcast on TV:

"I give them full credit for overcoming the capacity of the holiday season and finding a manger to have the baby.”
"It wasn't a holiday yet."
"That's true, but there was a lot of people shopping."
"For a hotel."
"Because it's a future holiday."

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It's religion, so it's OK to make it up as you go along....

Everyone is also forgetting that it's most widely believed that Jesus wasn't actually born on 25th December, or even anytime close. Layer upon layer of stupidity. But this is religion after all... 🤔

You’d have thought God would have given Joseph some planks and nails to build their own place… I suppose getting Mary pregnant without impregnating her is a different skill set…

At this time of year I'm always grateful for baby cheeses.

My head hurts just from f'ing reading this.

It’s a regular meeting-of-the-minds there at Fox.

Imagine their capacity to contemplate deep geological time.

I couldn't even keep a straight face listening to this.

They didn't find a manger, they found a barn.

I cannot believe the stupidity of the general public.

There a limit to the wisdom that people this thick can impart. I'd say it's not worth watching Fox whatsoever, at least if you're slightly less thick than 2 planks. Sadly, it's looking like that description(being as thick - or thicker - than 2 planks) fits a substantial portion of the US population of voting age. And that, folks, is why the US will not be great for a very very long time (if it ever really was, beyond US gov't propaganda).

And they were ALL WHITE. Just remember that. Also Santa.

I'm struggling to believe that anyone could really be this stupid. I probably shouldn't be. Can this be verified to be real to put my mind at ease?

The journey to Bethlehem for a census is a fabrication added to make the birth place of Jesus fit prophecies. There’s no evidence that a census that required people to return to their birthplace ever happened.

It was a Christmas Miracle! Joseph and Mary would never have gotten their AirBnB booking through if it wasn't for their manager Sure, they ended up double booking with 3 other old men but everything was cool

Satire is dead. You couldn't invent such comical imbercelity.

Only in America!

And the animals breathed on the baby to keep him warm, 🤔brilliant idea to cut down heating costs... making room for my neddie and co. in the lounge.🐎🐂🦘

"Fleeing from persecution"? I must have missed that bit.

What I don’t get is how god created EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE yet couldn’t come up with an empty hotel room. Good one, God. Father of the Year.

What's even scarier is their audience. Who think these people are smart.

the dumb is strong here.

So funny (but a little bit scary too) 😂🤣😂😳

Eos was Dawn, which came from the earlier Hewsos, curiously like Iesous in Greek. She lets the Sun, or Sol in Latin out. He comes out the Gate each morning with his white horses pulling his chariot. He is also Saule in some cultures. Solana means sunshine in Spanish. Helios is equivalent to Helen. They call her Selene, but it can be turned into Solana in other languages, i.e. Spanish. It relates to a New Age in the West, like Atlantis. It is no wonder the Europeans rapidly tried to cross the ocean. Of course, Easter also relates to this. However, the Romans liked Saturn, which is why we have Christmas. You could convert the pagan, but you could not rid them of their celebrations.

For a long time there I couldn’t figure out who needed a manager and why ...

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The proposed Religious Discrimination Bill could allow anyone to be discriminated against. #dontdivideus

2021 Census completed, thanks to @timminchin for the wee reminder of choosing #NoReligion #Census21.

I'm trying to figure out why Margaret Court's church received half a mil in JobKeeper whilst public unis did not receive a cent. I have two degrees and a grad dip and still, this perplexes me.