Welcome to episode nine of the AtheistAus Podcast.
It’s 2016 – have you considered joining the AFA? We’ve got memberships where you can not only support future projects like billboards, media releases and events – but also get a fantastic magazine, network with other like-minded atheists, get some pretty snappy merchandise, and have a say in the future of the association. We’re holding our AGM in March in Sydney – so consider starting your year off right and join the AFA now.
Founded in 2012, the Women without Religion Facebook page began with women without religion – and has since grown to be inclusive of feminists, rationalists, atheists, LBGTQI and cis gendered folk.
The page primarily acts as a billboard that advocates for changes to make the world a better place for everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ableness and age.
The Women without Religion page is without religion for a large number of reasons but two main reasons are that we are without bigotry, and we value evidence based reasoning. We understand that without religion and with more evidenced based reasoning, the world would be a better place for everyone.
I spoke to Annie, the founder and one of the administrators of the page.
Paul Fidalgo is our international correspondent on the show; he is the communications director for the skeptic and humanist organization the Center for Inquiry, where he writes the daily news roundup The Morning Heresy, among a bazillion other things.
- The coming of the Depp to the Reason Rally is making news – is it a sign of a cultural acceptance of atheism in the entertainment industry?
- A bishop in the Philippines says folks should keep away from Madonna’s tour for being suggestive and vulgar – it also happens to be one year since the murder of Avijit Roy and Salman Rushdie is again being targeted.
- NYT publishes two letters to the editor reacting to Susan Jacoby’s recent piece on atheists and the language of politics and Joseph Berger at NYT looks at how Bernie Sanders talks about (or doesn’t talk about) being Jewish.
- We also talk about Tim Minchin’s Cardinal Pell song and what’s involved in the investigation in Rome.
In Australian and AFA forum board news – our correspondent Goldenmane gives us the lowdown on what’s happened this month on the boards. Join him and the lively crowd at the AFA Forums.
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