David Nicholls became an atheist at the age of fourteen years after the fervent Catholic childhood he experienced began to lose its appeal in rational thought.
David has been a member of the Atheist Foundation of Australia for 27 years (God, is it that long?), served on the AFA Board of Management for 10 years and has been its president for about 8 years.
Under David’s leadership, the AFA has grown to be the largest, most active and well-known atheist organisation in Australia. An initial foray into television advertising, then to signs on buses culminated in producing a very successful atheist convention in Melbourne in 2010, after which David represented the atheist viewpoint at a Federal Senate hearing on funding for religion.
This year he set in motion a ‘Mark No religion’ campaign concerning the question on religion in the Census. The results are yet to be quantified but high hopes are that it has made a difference in increasing the number of respondents without a religion to say so.
“The 2012 Global Atheist Convention is more than a gathering of like-minds, although it is also that, it is an expression of the human will to be free from the mental and physical shackles enforced by all religions since time immemorial”